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YOGA: Skillfulness in Action

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In the Bhagavad Gita, yoga is called skillfulness in action.  How does our work on the mat bring about skillfulness in our life off the mat?  Let us begin with the asana as steady and sweet.  What is happening when our postures are both steady and sweat?  In headstand, the weight rests squarely on our shoulders, the legs come straight …

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Outside As Antidote

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These days we spend so much time in the virtual world that we are in danger of becoming brains in vats.  Our physical bodies atrophy as do our social skills and life skills.  The real and the virtual are not exactly opposites; they bleed into one another.  But let’s not forget the old ways of doing things, with a handshake …

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The Problem with Clutter

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It is important to realize how fundamentally intrinsic clutter clearing is to the whole practice of Feng Shui.  Most books on the subject mention it only in passing or not at all.  Perhaps they assume their readers have already dealt with this issue, but of course the truth is that most have not. I do not consider clutter clearing to …

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Reclaim Your Time

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It has become fashionable these days to use the works “addictive” and “disruptive” as a compliment for a new technology or Internet startup.  But let’s think about what these words actually mean and decide whether we really think it is desirable to have people hooked on a technology or to disrupt an entire segment of the economy.  If we turn …

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Life Lessons: Advice from an 80-Year-Old-Man

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No doubt you have heard the old adage that there are only two certainties in life, death and taxes. There is a third certainty, of course: aging. From the moment we are born until the instant before we die, we are getting older. Despite the fact that we are surrounded by old people, there is much we don’t understand about …

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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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8 Powerful Yoga Quotes

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Inspirational quotes captures your subconscious mind, which forms 90% of your total mind. The subconscious mind is the creative mind. So, when it is frequently filled with positive commands it will bring an overall change in your overall personality. Most of the quotes will hardly take you 10-20 seconds to swallow. However the message contained in these motivational quotes are …

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Trust: Have Courage and Trust Yourself

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If yoga is just being ware of how things are now, then will you just be okay with whatever happens and never change or grow? Will you become lazy b being content? Yoga doesn’t make us passive in situations that aren’t good for us. It puts us in touch with your needs, our feelings, our current situation and gives us …

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A Wise Woman’s Stone

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A wise woman who was traveling in the mountains found a precious stone in a stream. The next day, she met another traveler who was hungry, and the wise woman opened her bag to share her food. The hungry traveler saw the precious stone and asked the woman to give it to him. She did so without hesitation. The traveler …

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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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Today: Live Yoga + Have Patience

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Have you ever encountered a situation in your life where you wanted things to move just a little bit faster? Where you’re thinking, “could someone please extract me from this moment and take me to the future? It’s really painful right here… please?” SOMETIMES, DO NOTHING. Waiting for answers can make us anxious and impatient.  In the space of waiting …

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Today: Live Yoga + Vibrate Love

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LIVE YOGA: Your cells are made of molecules and atoms in motion. Cells play a large role in your physical communication system. They are the foundation of your bodily component (e.g., uscles, glands, organs), but they also send out and receive signals from the universe. Mantras communicate with your cells through sound and vibration. Reciting this mantra communicates with the …

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Today: Live Yoga + Change Your Attitude

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LIVE YOGA: We give too much power to the poses to change us and too little power to ourselves to change the poses. Today before you practice asana, do something you really love: bake cookies, or sing a song, or play with your child. Notice how it affects your joy. Then take this joy to the mat, and watch what …