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Yoga Is A Tool for Self-Transformation

Yoga Is A Tool for Self-Transformation

Going through some kind of change? Imagine you are a single cell among millions that comprise a growing caterpillar. The structure around you has been operating like a well-oiled machine, and the larva world has been creeping along predictably. Then one day, the machine begins to shudder and shake. The system begins to fail. Cells […]

The Yoga Sutras Simplified (10 of 10)

The Yoga Sutras Simplified (10 of 10)

samtosad anuttamah sukhalabhah (Chapter II, v. 42) From contentment unsurpassed happiness is obtained This verse gives hope and joy. This verse states several important things. First, that happiness is indeed obtainable. Secondly, the way to happiness is to follow the path of contentment. Contentment is not a sissy concept. In order to be content, one […]

The Yoga Sutras Simplified (9 of 10)

The Yoga Sutras Simplified (9 of 10)

Yama niyama asana pranayama pratyahara dharana dhyana samadhayo’ stavangani (Chapter 11, v. 29) The practice of restraint, observances, posture, breath control, withdrawal from the senses, concentration, meditation and samadhi are the eight-fold path of yoga. The astanga or eight-fold path of yoga is at the heart of the practices presented by Patanjali. Interestingly enough, some […]

The Yoga Sutras Simplified (8 of 10)

The Yoga Sutras Simplified (8 of 10)

 Avidya asmita raga dvesa abhinivesah panca klesah (Chapter 11, v. 3) Ignorance, egoism, attachment, aversion and fear of death and the five afflictions. Living with clarity is prevented by the active interference of the five klesas or afflictions. “Avidya” translates as “actively being in the state of not seeing the true nature of reality”. This […]

The Yoga Sutras Simplified (7 of 10)

The Yoga Sutras Simplified (7 of 10)

Tapas svadhyaya isvara pranidanah kriya yogah (Chapter II, v. I) Self-discipline, self-study and devotion are yoga in the form of action. Yoga is not just a state of being but also the practices which are associated with that state. “Tapas” comes from the Sanskrt word “tap” which means “to burn”. Tapas is therefore translated usually […]

The Yoga Sutras Simplified (6 of 10)

The Yoga Sutras Simplified (6 of 10)

yatha abhimata dhyanadva (Chapter 1, v. 39) Or by contemplating on whatsoever thing one may like (the mind becomes stabilized) Patanjali states that it is possible to for the mind to become stable by the process of focus on whatsoever thing that it pleases. This verse is important because it underscores that it is the […]

The Yoga Sutras Simplified (5 of 10)

The Yoga Sutras Simplified (5 of 10)

maitri karuna mudita upeksanam sukha duhkha punya apunya visayanam bhavanatas citta prasadanam (Chapter 1, v. 33). Mind becomes purified by cultivation of feelings of amity, compassion, goodwill and indifference respectively towards happy, miserable, virtuous and sinful creatures. This verse is one of the few which overtly discusses the yoga practitioner’s relationship with others as an […]

Yoga Sutras Simplified ~ 4 of 10

Yoga Sutras Simplified ~ 4 of 10

abhyasa vairagyabhyam tan nirodhah (Chapter 1, v. 12) By practice and detachment these can be stopped. Patanjali presents one of his most practical verses here. The author is referring to methods for calming the citta and thus allowing the practitioner to enter the state of yoga. “Abhyasa” is translated as determined action or practice, and […]

Yoga Sutras Simplified ~ 3 of 10

Yoga Sutras Simplified ~ 3 of 10

Tada drastuh svarupe vasthanam (Chapter 1, v.3) Then the seer abides in it own nature This is one of the most important verses in the entire book. It is based upon the fundamental concepts of purusa and prakrti. Purusa is universal consciousness, immutable and untouchable; prakrti is “that which uses matter as its bed”. It […]

Yoga Sutras Simplified (2 of 10)

Yoga Sutras Simplified (2 of 10)

  Yoga citta vritti nirodhah (Chapter 1, v. 2) Yoga is the resolution of the agitations of the mind. This is the most famous verse in the entire Yoga Sutras, and rightly so, for it is the definition of yoga upon which the entire text turns. “Citta” or “cittam” is usually translated as “mind-stuff”; I […]

Yoga Sutras Simplified ~ 1 of 10

Yoga Sutras Simplified ~ 1 of 10

  Ten Most Important Yoga Sutras (1 of 10) Atha yoga anushasam (Chapter 1, v.l) Now the discipline of yoga (is being presented) Now the student is ready to hear and now the teacher is available and willing to teach. In its most simple and pure form, yoga brings one deeply into the present, into […]

yoga wisdom of the day

yoga wisdom of the day

  yoga wisdom of the day ~ balancedasana = stress arrises from making things more important than they are. setbacks come from making things less important than they are. what is your intention for today?Tweet

yoga wisdom of the day

yoga wisdom of the day

yoga wisdom of the day ~ balancedasana = dwell in LOVE in all you do    Tweet

yoga wisdom of the day

yoga wisdom of the day

  yoga wisdom of the day ~ relaxasana = answers to your questions will be revealed unexpectedly take deep breaths. feel your heart beating. close your eyes. smile. namaste ~ stephanieTweet

Yoga In The Moment

Yoga In The Moment

  Post Surgery ~ I am practicing returning to the moment again and again… Ultimately joy is found in the moment. Goals are important, but… The uncertainty of future outcome causes suffering. Peace resides in the moment to moment awareness of your blessings. Each day I am physically pushing myself to return to optimal physical […]

Use Yoga To Create Monday Magic

Use Yoga To Create Monday Magic

Computer challenges sure make this feel like “one of those Monday’s”. Since I’ve always worked for myself I don’t really think in terms of workweek, BUT most of the world operates that way so I’m frustrated. Monday is a productive day for me. This to-do list girl likes having a purpose, feeling relevant ~ and […]

Yoga for transformation

Yoga for transformation

“Everybody has that point in their life where you hit a crossroads and you’ve had a bunch of bad days and there’s different ways you can deal with it and the way I dealt with it was I just turned completely to music.” Taylor Swift Be open. Be curious. Life doesn’t have to be confrontational. […]

One Secret Thing To Make Your Life Better, Besides Yoga

One Secret Thing To Make Your Life Better, Besides Yoga

Stuck In My Chair, Writing. The great benefit of getting a new hip is it’s kept me in my chair. It’s far too easy to come up w/ great time wasters instead of writing… One of My Great Life Secrets – More Vacations. No. More Money. No. Community Service (see photo below). YES, but that’s […]

Not so independent day

Not so independent day

NA•KED TRUTH \?n?-k?d ?trüth\ n. transcendent fundamental reality stripped of all disguise; that which is vulnerably authentic.     I watch from my second story window as shirtless young men on skateboards sashay by on their way to the beach. They each have plastic cups in their hands clearly indicating a recent game of pong. […]

NewHipEvolution – Day 4, Yoga for Patience

NewHipEvolution – Day 4, Yoga for Patience

Patience has never been my strong suit…. #yoga wisdom of the day ~ awakeasana = transcend the body. the greatest doorway to the transcendence of form is through form itself.           My new world. NewHipDay4 – My goal is to use yoga to drop into patience. I am unable to bend […]

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