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Yogic Breathing: Yoga for Breathing

Yogic Breathing: Yoga for Breathing

For at least the past 2000 years, the two main practices of Yoga have been conscious breathing (prāṇāyāma) and meditation (samādhi). Meditation is the means of liberation and breathing is one of the quickest, most efficient means of shifting the state of mind and...

The Yoga Sūtras of Patanjali: What Yoga’s About

The Yoga Sūtras of Patanjali: What Yoga’s About

How to Practice Yoga on the Mat & in Everyday Life.   WHAT IS YOGA? Yoga is often thought of as a physical exercise that happens in a gym or on a mat. This idea of Yoga misses a huge part of what Yoga is about. Yoga actually describes a way of being that...

Dinacharya: Āyurvedic Rituals for Good Health

Dinacharya: Āyurvedic Rituals for Good Health

Āyurveda’s main pursuit is a long, healthy life.  In support of this, it suggests principles and practices that apply to almost every aspect of our life. Dinacharya (spelled dinacaryā in Sanskrit) are rituals that promote good health, both physical and mental.  They...

An Introduction to the Yogasutra

An Introduction to the Yogasutra

A Guide for Everyday Life     ‘Yoga is more than āsana, it is a state of being.The Yogasūtras are a guide to help us operate at our highest potential and create a deep sense of peace and contentment.’     What is Patañjali’s Yoga Sutra? Patañjali’s...

Benefits of Becoming a Yoga Therapist

Benefits of Becoming a Yoga Therapist

BENEFITS OF BECOMING A YOGA THERAPIST “The success of Yoga does not lie in the ability to perform postures but in how it positively changes the way we live our life and our relationships.” -T.K.V. Desikachar Completing a Yoga Teacher Training is a huge milestone....

Introduction to Haṭha Yoga Pradīpika

Introduction to Haṭha Yoga Pradīpika

The Haṭha Yoga Pradīpika provides an excellent overview of the practice of haṭha yoga. This 15th Century Sanskrit text describes many of the principles and techniques that form the foundation of the practice of Yoga in modern times. Divided into four chapters, it...

East and West in Yoga Therapy

East and West in Yoga Therapy

The Yoga Well Insitute’s Yoga Therapist Training Program educates from both Eastern and Western perspectives. The Eastern tradition of Yoga practices and principles (along with its complementary ancient Indian perspectives, such as Āyurveda) combined with Western...

How Yoga Changes Your Mind

How Yoga Changes Your Mind

When we talk about Yoga, what we’re really talking about is the behavior of the mind.  This is clear from the first chapter of the Yogasūtras, in which Patañjali says: yogaś-citta-vṛtti-nirodhaḥ (YS I.2), or “Yoga is the restraint of the activities of the mind.” In...

The Effect of Perception on Experiences

The Effect of Perception on Experiences

Experiences come in many forms — the laughter of a child, the discomfort of a bed in a hotel room far from home, another car cutting in front of us while driving to work. While it can be tempting to describe these experiences as inherently positive or negative, the...

Everything You Do Is Yoga — Or Can Be

Everything You Do Is Yoga — Or Can Be

Every time I come back to the Yogasūtras, there’s always another ‘aha’ moment, like another puzzle piece magically fitting into place. Except the puzzle is not only a classic Yoga text, it’s also my life and all the relationships that tether me in the world. Yoga is...

How to Face Difficulties Without Becoming Stuck

How to Face Difficulties Without Becoming Stuck

Life is filled with many difficulties. You get sick, your car runs out of gas on the way to work, you don’t get the promotion you had been hoping for. Or a big one — you grow older and can no longer do the same things you could when you were young. Many difficulties...

Doshas of Āyurveda

Doshas of Āyurveda

Āyurveda, the science of life and longevity, is an ancient medical science from India based on the Five Elements (Space, Wind, Fire, Water and Earth). The Five Elements are grouped into 3 pairs, called doṣa (pronounced dosha) that together describe all bodily...

Lightening Our Path

Lightening Our Path

Out walking this morning, with the sun still low in the sky, I noticed what looked like diamonds shining on the path before me. It was the sun, reflecting on bits of broken glass that littered the trail. It’s interesting how light reflecting on the glass changed my...