Vrksasana – Tree Pose

Vrksasana – Tree Pose

Posted by Wellspring, Category: On the Yoga/Meditation Mat,
The balancing poses in yoga can be some of the most challenging for us.  Not that they are as physically "hard" as some of the others, but when we're in a yoga class, they are poses you can't really ...

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Niyama #4 – Self-study

Niyama #4 – Self-study

Posted by Wellspring, Category: On the Yoga/Meditation Mat,
Svadhyaya, or self-study, is the fourth niyama.  As with the other niyamas, this is a process of discovery that we can pursue our entire life. There are generally two ways svadhyaya is considered. ...

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Niyama #3 – Tapas

Niyama #3 – Tapas

Posted by Wellspring, Category: On the Yoga/Meditation Mat,
By definition, self-restraints, the niyamas are personally challenging.  Tapas might be the one that brings up the most anxiety.  Often translated as austerity (severe, stern), sometimes as blazing, ...

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Niyamas in Yoga

Niyamas in Yoga

Posted by Wellspring, Category: On the Yoga/Meditation Mat,
At the end of last year, we reviewed the Yamas of yoga practice.  Yamas are ethical considerations asked of us.  If you missed them, you can find my thoughts on those here:  Non-violence, Truthfuln ...

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Brahmacharya – Chastity

Brahmacharya – Chastity

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The 4th yama is Brahmacharya, usually translated as Chastity, which then most often gets paired with the idea of celibacy.  In our Western culture, this is not a popular idea!  In some circles, brah ...

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Satya – Non-lying

Satya – Non-lying

Posted by Wellspring, Category: On the Yoga/Meditation Mat,
Another of the yamas in yoga philosophy is Satya, which is translated as non-lying or truthfulness.  This may seem fairly straightforward and few of us are outright swindlers as a profession!  But s ...

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Ahimsa – Non-harming

Ahimsa – Non-harming

Posted by Wellspring, Category: On the Yoga/Meditation Mat,
Yamas are moral disciplines practiced in Yoga.  There are five primary yamas and Ahimsa is generally the first one considered.  It is translated as non-harming or non-violence.  There are obviously ...

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Yoga = Union

Yoga = Union

Posted by Wellspring, Category: On the Yoga/Meditation Mat,
The word yoga means union.  It is a beautiful thought, that practice can bring together body, mind and spirit in some sort of harmony.  But one thing I often hear from people unfamiliar with the pra ...

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