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Posted on January 16th, 2014 by in Yoga

Yoga as a Language of Peace

By Jennifer Lang The group of teenagers is sprawled out around me on the grass. They’re laughing and smiling, happy to be at the park in early June on a Friday morning, their day off from school, on one of their group’s last get-togethers. “Okay, turn to someone near you who is not from your [...]

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Posted on January 11th, 2014 by in Meditation, Yoga

Malas: The Power of 108

by Janet Arnold-Grych The mala I hold in my hand connects me to a lineage of seekers who held one in theirs. Malas are aligned to the Vedic tradition and thought to originate around 800 BCE. In the sixth century BCE, the use of malas was promoted by no less than the Buddha. It’s said [...]

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Posted on January 8th, 2014 by in Yoga

The Birth of Power Yoga

By Reyna Eisenstark I started taking yoga classes in New York City in the mid-1990s. Gyms had begun to offer yoga, and the classes were fast and athletic—like nothing I had associated with yoga before. Yoga had become a workout.  I happened to be at the exact right place and time to witness the birth [...]

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Posted on January 2nd, 2014 by in Yoga

Breath, Body, and Mind: The Physiology of Pranayama

“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.” ―Thich Nhat Hạnh, Stepping into Freedom: Rules of Monastic Practice for Novices Yogic breathing is a fundamental practice in the study of yoga. As one of the limbs of Patanjali’s eight-limbed path, yogic breathing, or pranayama, is defined as the [...]

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Posted on December 30th, 2013 by in Meditation, Yoga

Pranayama for Riding the Wave

A couple of days ago, I embarked on yet another major life change. I left Los Angeles, where I’ve been living for the last two and a half years, and returned to the Boston area. Though I’m coming back to a familiar place, I’m not sure how I’m going to support myself here. As a [...]

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Posted on December 23rd, 2013 by in Conscious Living, Meditation, Yoga

The Yogi’s Guide to Giving

By Shannon Sexton If you love yoga, you’re probably eager to share the gifts of healthy living, delicious food, spiritual wisdom, and the joys of practice with your family and friends. The good news: If they already have a practice—or are curious about starting one—you can give them meaningful gifts that reflect your values while [...]

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Posted on December 15th, 2013 by in Conscious Living, Yoga

Yoga and the Year of the Selfie

There’s been a lot of talk this past week about President Barack Obama’s selfie at a memorial for Nelson Mandela. That moment, now frozen in time, shows Obama, Denmark’s prime minister Helle Thorning Schmidt, and her British counterpart, David Cameron, posing like three giddy teenagers while first lady Michelle Obama appeared to scowl off to [...]

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Posted on December 7th, 2013 by in Yoga

Kripalu: A Person, a Place, a Tradition

To read uplifting books or listen to spiritual discourses is good. But to practice even a little is of the utmost importance. The profound meaning of yoga is understood only by those who study it through regular and systematic practice. The day you start to practice, your true progress will begin. —Swami Kripalu Swami Kripalu [...]

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Posted on December 3rd, 2013 by in Yoga

Your Yoga Story

What is a “yoga story,” and how can it enhance our experience of the postures? Iyengar Yoga teacher Kofi Busia answered that question for me when I interviewed him recently for a Kripalu Perspectives podcast. Kofi explained that a yoga story is simply our life story combined with awareness. To help me understand how a [...]

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Posted on December 2nd, 2013 by in Conscious Living, Yoga

Quieting the Critic with Ahimsa

by Janet Arnold-Grych It’s said that when Swami Kripalu first came to the United States, he was surprised at the harsh self-judgment that students in the West seemed to possess. In our culture, many of us are familiar with that sharp-edged inner voice. When I first started practicing yoga, my teacher had a particular balancing [...]

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