Yoga Philosophy

It Is So Much Easier To Tell You To Change – Ashtanga Yoga Fitness Article

It Is So Much Easier To Tell You To Change It is so much easier to tell someone else or an organization to change than to actually change ourselves. How many times have you made a statement that Ashtanga, the government, your job, your yoga studio should change but you cannot even clean out your closets without having a meltdown? For most people, switching careers, cities, boyfriends or hairstyles is a harrowing ordeal, but your democracy, that should change overnight.…

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My Answer To Kino: Would You Still Love Me If I Don’t Handstand Anymore? – Ashtanga Yoga Fitness Article

My Answer To Kino: Would You Still Love Me If I Don’t Handstand Anymore? Photo By Wanda Koch Kino posted an article today, “Would You Still Love Me If I Don’t Handstand Anymore?” My answer is “yes” because I do not choose teachers based on the poses they can do. Even though the yoga world at large has not followed suit, I outgrew that years ago. If someone believes that achievement in physical asana constitutes dedication to practice or greater…

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With Me or Against Me – Ashtanga Yoga Fitness Article

With Me or Against Me Photo by Andrea Killam People are asking, “Why is there a culture of silence in Yoga?” Something that often makes people go silent is “all or nothing” and “with me or against me” thinking. It is the idea that everything is black or white and you have to choose a side. If folks don’t want to choose a side, they will often just go silent. When the person speaks up, they get crucified by both…

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Creating Satsang – Ashtanga Yoga Fitness Article

Creating Satsang Satsang: (sanskrit) being with good/righteous companions. This typically involves listening to or reading scriptures, reflecting on, discussing and assimilating their meaning, meditating on the source of these words, and bringing their meaning into one’s daily life.*  Starting in February, we will be creating Satsang once a month at the studio. The source for our discussion will be the Yoga Sutras, which have been described as one of the foundations of classical Yoga philosophy. Specifically, we will read and discuss…

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Pratyahara: The Complete Guide to the Fifth Limb of Yoga – Fitness Article

In the Yoga Sutra text of Patanjali, the 8 limbs of yoga provide the yogi with a path to spiritual enlightenment. The fifth limb in this path, pratyahara, refers to a withdrawal of the senses. This practice holds a central position along the path as it acts as the bridge between the outer aspects of yoga (such as postures and breath control) and the internal aspects of yoga (such as concentration and meditation). This guide will help you get to…

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Dhyana: An Explanation of the Seventh Limb of Yoga – Fitness Article

Dhyana, or meditation, is the seventh limb in the sage Patanjali’s 8 limbs of yoga. Outlined in the Yoga Sutra text, the 8 limbs were meant to provide yogis with a path to a meaningful and purposeful life. Each practice along the path aims to unify the mind, body, and spirit. The practice of dhyana holds an important place along this path to enlightenment. Below is an explanation of what it is and its significance within the 8 limbs. Dyhana…

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