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Lesson Learned: The “Ha” + “Tha” Defined

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To define Hatha Yoga. The balance of body, breath, mind and spirit is not an easy one.  From day to day, minute to minute, we may find ourselves emotionally swinging back and forth.  But it’s with a calm and relaxed state of body and mind that we’re able to accept and adapt to life’s changes and challenges.  This is an essential component …

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Benefits of Hot Yoga | Is this practice for you?

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The sweat starts almost instantly, dripping onto my mat before we’ve finished the first exercise. Lying on my back in a windowless, mirrored room at Moksha Yoga Halifax, I feel like a melting glacier trying to resist global warming. Our teacher walks through the room, offering gentle encouragement and the odd adjustment. “Embrace the heat,” she says warmly, and I …

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January Sama-Set: Where Rhythm + Gravity Meet
“Deepen your practice”

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The yogis define our body as having five layers or sheaths, each one contained within the other, like Russian Dolls. Called Koshas, these sheaths cover every aspect of our being, from the most gross to the most subtle. When we practice yoga – whether it’s asana, pranayama, meditation, mantra, or even karma yoga – we are having an impact on …

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Lesson Learned: Body Tension

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Discovering the roots of our tension. Today, through breath and body awareness, we’re going to work with and through our body tension. In the yogic perspective, every tension has a cause that lies behind it. Ask yourself today what’s causing you to be tense?  Where do you hold this tension? Tension could originate from many things: a relationship, work, anger, fatigue, …

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Yoga is not…..about being bendy

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It’s about showing up to your mat consistently not knowing what is going to happen and being ok with that. It’s about rehabilitating yourself and not believing the ‘experts’ when they say you are too injured or too old. It’s about believing that you can do anything even it it’s the most scariest impossible thing you could ever dream of. …

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What are the Chakras?

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Deep down each one of us knows that we are more than merely a body. We feel our own essence – and the essence of others – underneath our physical forms. Quantum physics has shown quite clearly that matter is really just energy, which means that first and foremost you and I are vibrational beings. The chakras are the key …

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Lesson Learned: Benefits of Yoga

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To create awareness of the benefits of yoga practice. Yoga is ultimately a journey into truth + relationship: truth about who you really are, what you are capable of, how your actions affect your life. Truth is the only medicine that ever “cures” us; it is the only means by which we can live at our full, incredible potential. At …

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October Sama-Set: HONOURING NATURAL RHYTHMS
A FALL GROUNDING CLASS

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Whether it’s different seasons, different years, or different times of day, all bring subtle energies to bear upon the mind and body. In our go, go, go culture, we do not stop to acknowledge the differences between the outward-moving activity of summer and the dormancy and ingathering of energies in the winter, the awakening shakti energies of the spring and …

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Lesson Learned: Diaphragmatic Breathing

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To illustrate and educate students on the value of diaphragmatic breathing. The very foundation of our yoga practice is to learn to breathe properly and completely.  We refer to this as breathing from our diaphragm or diaphragmatic breathing.  Diaphragmatic breathing allow us to slow down our heat rate, bring our blood pressure down, clear or minds and relax our muscles. …

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[POTM] Downward Facing Dog: Adho Mukha Svanasana

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Downward facing dog is a quintessential yoga pose in that engages your whole being. It calms your nervous system and works on overall flexible springs. It decompresses your spine, tones and strengthens your arms, open the arches of your feet, scallops and lengthens your thighs, and is an amazing shoulder opener. The entire backside of your body is a weekend, …

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Lesson Learned: First Class Facts

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Our blog series entitled Lesson Learned is designed from a teachers perspective. We see so much, feel so much and have learned so much. This is our sharing ground from the front of the room. If you would like to read more from this series, please click here: http://yogasamatva.com/?s=lesson+learned For any yoga teacher, a class is filled with those new …

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Lesson Learned: Beginning Lessons

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Welcome to our new blog series Lesson Learned: A Teachers Perspective. We see so much, feel so much and have learned so much. This is our sharing ground from the front of the room. Welcome to the ancient science of yoga. Before we begin, I want to go over a few things you should know to make your experience in …

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Sailing the Kite of the Sternum

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Just as a kite suspends on atmospheric wind currents, so the sternum and heart float upward on the internal winds of breath Anatomically the heart is attached to the posterior border of the sternum, so that whenever the sternum moves, the heart follows. Poses that actively stretch the sternum, such as taking the arms behind the back and clasping the …

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[POTM] Classic Locust Pose: Salabhasana

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As you stretch in this pose, your body traces the smooth arc of a crescent moon (chandra).  You will have to practice conscientiously, but when you finally balance without fear it is a feat to celebrate. Lifting too high or too quickly as you come into the pose can trigger a cramp in the soles of your feet, hamstrings, or lower …

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February Sama-Set: Life’s Cycles

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As children, we are blessed with curiosity, vulnerability and innocence, we move, we grow. Slowly, we get to our fours, playful still but strengthening and growing. Life has cycles from birth to death, from idea to fruition, from behaviours repeating and the unknown influences that overhang it all. Join us for this new sama-set where wer explore the cycles of …

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January Sama-Set: Sivananda In-Style

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Sivananda Yoga comes from the lineage of Swami Sivananda, as brought to the west by his disciple Swami Vishnudevananda in the late 1950s, making this style of practice an important part of yoga’s first wave of popularity outside India. Sivananda (1887-1963) was well-known in India in the 1930s, when he founded an ashram in Rishikesh. He had previously been a …