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yoga for stress

While some stress can motivate you or keep you safe, too much of it can be harmful to your health. In American culture, stress is a large part of our everyday lives: not enough money, too much debt, working long

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vata diet basics

Continuing from our previous post on the vata dosha, let’s now understand the vata diet. This post also includes a few breakfast recipes with foods that are ideal for balancing the vata. Several external factors can affect the vata. These

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in the presence of the Self

In our third discussion on Witness meditation—a technique that focuses on the silent Self within–we will explore ways to discern the witness from ordinary ego-consciousness. At this time, it’s also important to reiterate that this technique is ideal for students

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chapter iii: satisfaction in self alone

 Bhagavad Gita,[1] Chapter III: “Satisfaction in Self Alone” In our discussion last week, we ended with Arjuna in a state of confusion and anxiety because of his lack of understanding precisely what is expected of him— should the warrior devote

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using yoga to maintain your weight

Being overweight or obese can cause many health problems, including heart disease, diabetes and lower back pain, as well as a reduced quality of life. Although many people don’t think of yoga as a method of weight control, it can

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understanding the vata dosha

In the last post, we spoke about the foundation of Ayurveda and the three elemental energies (doshas) that are an integral component of our inner and outer self. This week, we’ll delve deeper into vata dosha – qualities, what causes

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developing and strengthening the “witness”

Welcome back to the second session on “Witness” meditation. This week, we will discuss the importance of developing and strengthening the Witness within as a means to ensure an empowered feeling of “I-identity.” –Previous post in this series. Dr. Carl

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dolphin evolution

For this exercise, you’ll alternate between Dolphin Pose and Dolphin Plank Pose. Dolphin Pose is similar to Downward-Facing Dog except your forearms are on the ground. This is a good alternative to Downward-Facing Dog if you have wrist problems, plus

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chapter ii: lord krishna’s teachings commence

Bhagavad Gita,[1] Chapter II: Lord Krishna’s Teachings Commence Our discussion ended last week with Arjuna refusing to engage in a battle requiring him to murder his cousins, his uncle—the king of the Kuru clan—and the teachers and sages he has

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full boat pose (paripurna navasana) this pose is all about building core strength..

If you’re looking to strengthen your core muscles – the muscles in your lower back, abdomen and sides – try Full Boat Pose, or Paripurna Navasana in Sanskrit. Strengthening your core can give you better posture and prevent pain in

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