Year: 2018

Giving is Good for You!

Research is finding that giving to others makes the giver happier & healthier: A 2017 study from the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at IUPUI found that people who give to charitable causes are happier than those who don’t, regardless of their

How to Meditate (and why do it)

Have you heard that you should meditate? There are many potential benefits from meditating like reducing your stress, clearing your mind, feeling less tired, getting happier, etc. Interested, but not sure what this meditation stuff is? The practice of meditation

Expect Obstacles!

Yoga philosophy is based on the idea of evolution toward mental clarity and reduced suffering. Patanjali described in the Yoga Sutras methods for achieving this goal. Three consecutive sutras (1.30-1.32) describe potential obstacles along the path and how to overcome

Sthira & Sukha: Stability & Ease

In the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, sutra 2.46 is “sthira-sukham asanam”. This sutra is commonly understood as “yoga postures should be stable, and the body be at ease.” This understanding focuses the practice of yoga postures and movements. It is

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Pranayama

Pranayama Pranayama is the yogic practice of breath control. This Sanskrit term is made up of two smaller words; prana and ayama. The term prana refers to the subtle energy that pervades all things. Ayama translated as “to stretch” or

Abhyasa/practice and Vairagya/non-attachment (Sutra 1.12-1.16)

The practice of yoga includes deep awareness of habit patterns (samskara). These habits of thinking, feeling, and reacting affect our capacity for joy. The unconscious habit patterns create filters over the reality of the present moment, with the potential of

Pratipaksa Bhavana

Have you ever gotten stuck in negative or disturbed thinking? Ever had a time when all looks dark and there seems to be no good in the world? Yoga philosophy offers a suggestion for changing perspective, inviting new ways of

Yogas chitta vrtti nirodha

The long tradition of yoga is rooted in the exploration of the human mind and developing perspective to reduce suffering in this life. One of the primary sources of yoga philosophy is the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali. The Yoga Sutra is

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