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18 01, 2017

Space, time, memory and fascia

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Our body is a landscape of experiences and memories. From our inception until this moment, each one of us is on an evolving journey. The influences from the outside world such as family dynamics, social conditioning and life experiences blend with our genetic makeup and produce our unique character. We, in turn, are resourced with

5 01, 2017

Landmarks and Pendulums

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Life provides us with the opportunity to be fluid and mobile, or rigid and fixed. This is as true in the body as it is in our mind. Hips that remain in a fixed seat, a clenched jaw due to stress, or tight shoulders from hunching over a computer can pin us down and prevent

28 12, 2016

New Range of Motion

Jivamukti Focus of the Month, January 2017 by David Life You know the story of the student who says to the teacher, “I studied eight years with so-and-so and two years with so-and-so, and I know all about this and that and the other.” As he is speaking the teacher is pouring a cup of

1 12, 2016

Jivamukti Focus of the Month December 2016: Someone to Talk to, by Sharon Gannon

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My friend Sting, the world-renowned rock star who gives hundreds of concerts a year, once said to me, “I put on a better show when someone I know and love is in the audience. It’s only natural, isn’t it?” I think he’s right—it is natural. It is difficult to communicate to an empty room or

1 12, 2016

Putting the Holy in Holiday

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Every year the marketing of the Christmas holiday seems to inch closer and closer to the marketing of Halloween. It seems to be less and less about kindness, true generosity and gratitude, more and more about the Black Friday sales and consumerism. Here's my list of the top five ways to sprinkle divinity into our

1 12, 2016

Vegan Apple Cake

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This cake is a tried and true hit for vegans and non-vegans alike. Easy and nourishing. INGREDIENTS 1½ cups all-purpose flour* ¾ cup sugar ¾ teaspoon baking soda 1 tablespoon chia seeds (soaked in 6 tablespoons) 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon ¼ teaspoon salt ½ cup canola oil ¼ cup water 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

31 10, 2016

Learn how to Survive and Thrive

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If you consider yourself a Survivor, you may be feeling an inner strength that is unique. You may have ongoing fear of whatever it is you may have overcome; you may even have stress, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result of the event which you have 'overcome'. Often times society assumes that to

31 10, 2016

Staying True

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With the US elections in the near future, uncertainty about Brexit and complexity in the political area of the US and Europe, and with wars waging in the Middle East and unrest in many other parts of the world, it is easy to get lost in understanding the foundation of our own belief system. What

30 10, 2016

Jivamukti Focus of the Month: November 2016 (by Katie Manitsas)

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What Is a Person? (The World in Which the Kestrel Moves) sarva-bhūtastham ātmānam / sarva-bhūtāni ca-āatmani iksate yogayukta-ātmā / sarva-tra sama-darśanah Through the practice of yoga, the yogi sees the Divine Self in all beings and at all times. Bhagavad Gita VI.29 This sloka from The Bhagavad Gita asks us to reflect on the divinity,

6 10, 2016

What to expect from a Workshop Course

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If you are a yoga teacher, young or old, there may come a point when you ask yourself, 'why do I do what I do'? Whether it is the way you touch people, your ability (or inability) to inspire those in the classroom with the power of your voice, or the anxiety, frustration or uncertainty