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Your Breath is Hidden and Observable

Your Breath is Hidden and Observable

Guest blog by Carrie Heeter, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Michigan State University | Breathing operates in hidden and observable realms of your human system.  Most aspects of respiration are hidden from your conscious mind. Paying attention to the parts of your breath...

Yoga for Clarity

Yoga for Clarity

Recently, in our Application of Meditation class, our discussion touched on the idea of clarity and how it arises. And I was reminded again that clarity is not something we do. Clarity is a result, not an action. What we do is Yoga. And the result of Yoga is clarity....

Learning How to Think

Learning How to Think

Have you ever thought about how you think?  About the tone and content of your inner dialogue? About the source of your “shoulds” and expectations? When I was in my 20’s, I really hadn’t. I had a job nannying two wonderful little girls in a family where kids were...

Why You Should Read the Yogasūtras

Why You Should Read the Yogasūtras

Yoga in the West has an abundance of techniques available on the internet, or at your neighborhood Yoga studio, to anyone who wants to try them. The ‘how’ of doing physical postures is everywhere. What’s missing in mainstream Yoga is the ‘why.’ There are actually...

Yoga Bodies, Yoga Minds

Yoga Bodies, Yoga Minds

The violin is a popular instrument in South India just as it is in the U.S. However, the way it is played in South Indian Carnatic music traditions is so different from the way it is played in Western symphonic traditions that it is practically unrecognizable as the...

What is Yoga Therapy?

What is Yoga Therapy?

When I tell people that I work as a Yoga Therapist, I often have to explain what that means. People know what Yoga is, but Yoga as a healing modality is something they want to know more about. They ask, “What is Yoga Therapy?” Essentially, Yoga Therapy uses the tools...

What Is Yoga?

What Is Yoga?

There is a common misconception in North America that Yoga is a great workout, and that Yoga instructors are incredibly fit. By contrast, the traditional focus of Yoga in India has always been the mind. This takes people by surprise: 'But a Yoga class is so active!' ...

Importance of Lineage in Yoga

Importance of Lineage in Yoga

At the beginning of every Yoga Well Institute class, we chant in a Vedic style in honor and remembrance of our teachers. We do this because we acknowledge Yoga’s long and distinguished history. And we value the Tradition and Lineages that have passed these precious...

What is Ayurveda?

What is Ayurveda?

Āyurveda is another one of those terms that we see a lot in wellness social media posts. Blogs invite you to take a quiz to determine your doṣa, or prescribe things to do or avoid in order to practice Āyurveda. But there isn’t much information out there that explains...

Benefits of Oils in Ayurveda

Benefits of Oils in Ayurveda

Oils are fundamental in Āyurveda. They are used internally and externally to prevent, as well as treat, disease. Used on the skin, or in the body’s orifices like the mouth, nostrils and ears, oil protects our bodies from outside stimulus, impurities and antigens (that...

How Meditation Helps Your Health

How Meditation Helps Your Health

A health problem is your body’s way of saying, “I’m out of balance.” And it’s likely to be accompanied by negative thinking, sadness, anxiety and/or nervousness. When you get sick, your mind is as affected as your body is. And you can’t actually meditate if you can’t...