Dharana: Bringing it into Focus

  With each step of the Eightfold Path, we are getting closer to making space for meditation. When the path was created, there were far fewer distractions, than living in the modern world with constant contact and stimuli it may seem daunting to open ourselves up to meditation. However, that…

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Pratayahara: Retreat! Withdraw! What?

The practice of pratyahara is sensory withdrawal. It’s not that we deaden our senses. Instead, we choose our reaction to them. Have you ever been in the middle of doing something and so absorbed in the task, then the phone rang you heard it, but chose not to react? This…

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Pranayama: Who Let the Prana Out?

Ever feel restless or confused? This can be a sign that you have too much Prana outside of your body than inside. Prana is life force, and when we feel disconcerted or confused, we take our vital energy and focus it on the outside world. When we have too little…

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Asana: The Dude Abides with a Side of History

The third limb brings up memories of the cult favorite The Big Lebowski and his catchphrase “The Dude abides.” What does this have to do with Yoga? Asana in Sanskrit translates into staying or abiding, as Yogis, we may associate it with postures. But what does abiding have to do…

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