Opening up space

I love to travel. I pack my bag with all the things I think I will need to keep me happy for the time I am gone: clothes, shoes, books, etc. I am content with taking that small portion of my life with me. When I return home I look around my house and wonder ...

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Breathing

Question: What is it that occurs 22,000 times each day, underlies and supports every possible physiological and psychological function, and yet we remain completely unaware of? Answer: Breathing. Interestingly, despite our usual lack of awareness, our breath is the only autonomic system in our bodies (the others being the circulatory, digestive, nervous and the mysterious endocrine system) ...

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Restorative Yoga

There is a place in Seattle where young people come together to share a meal, complete their high school diploma or just hang out and socialize in a safe place. It is the Orion Center, a community supported venture for homeless kids. I volunteer from time to time to help make a dinner. Recently, with another SoundYoga ...

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Sauca

In chapter two of the Yoga Sutras, Yoga’s foundation text, Patanjali introduces ‘Sauca’ as one of the eight limbs’ lifestyle guidelines. Defined as ‘cleanliness’ or ‘order’, Sauca is presented as a requirement for cultivating a more sattvic (steady, calm, centered) mind. The sutras makes a definitive connection between a clean, orderly external environment and mental ...

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Karma Yoga – The Yoga of Action

There are many paths in Yoga. The Bhagavad Gita, one of the most spiritual Yogic Texts, describes one path as Karma Yoga, from the Sanskrit ‘Ki’, meaning ‘to give’ , as ‘the Yoga of Action’. We engage in Karma Yoga by reaching out and giving to others without attachment to (or in spite of) our ...

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The Mystery of Meditation

When I first came to Yoga the biggest mystery was meditation. There is the misperception that in order to meditate one must sit and empty your mind, totally. Have you ever tried that? I found my mind just got busier and busier. What I do know is that when I do some asana (movement) with ...

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