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29 05, 2017

Where We Put Our Energy, by Antje Schaefer

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Focus Of The Month – June, 2017 Yama-niyama-āsana-prāṇāyāma-pratyāhāra-dhāraṇā-dhyāna-samādhayo‘ṣṭāvaṅgāni. Restraint, Observance, Seat, Breath Control, Sense Withdrawal, Concentration, Mediation and Ecstasy are the eight limbs of Yoga. - Patanjali's Yoga Sutras II.29 In the practice of pratyahara, one of the eight limbs of Ashtanga Yoga, we draw the senses inward to bring attention to the inner world

1 05, 2017

Be the Change You Want to See in the World

Jivamukti Focus of the Month, May 2017 by April Dechagas yad-yad ācarati śreṣṭhas / tad-tadevetaro janaḥ / sa yat pramāṇaḿ kurute / lokas-tad-anuvartate A great person leads by example, setting standards that are followed by others all over the world. -Bhagavad Gita III.21 The streets of Calcutta were dangerous and dirty. Thousands were infected with

30 03, 2017

Open Doorways

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Focus Of The Month – April, 2017 nimittam aprayojakaṁ prakṛtīnāṁ varaṇa-bhedas tu tataḥ kṣetrikavat Causes do not put nature, Prakrti, into motion. They only remove the obstacles and coverings, like a farmer breaking down the barriers to let water flow in the field. The hindrances removed by the causes, Nature impenetrates by herself. Yoga Sutras

28 03, 2017

Roots and Shoots: coming together and moving apart

I spent last weekend looking (mainly up) at trees. They are beautiful to behold at this time of year, with their sometimes spindly, sometimes snakelike roots dancing delicately and ferociously with the earth, embedding themselves in the unlikeliest of places due to patience and perseverance. It is not with force alone that they take their

1 03, 2017

Getting to the Point

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There has never been a time when the earth has been more inhabited. People, plastic bottles, car parts, computers and chemical byproducts clutter the ocean and land alike. Perhaps less thought about is the sound vibration that each and every manifest form carries with it. With all that stuff in the world, the sound vibrations

27 02, 2017

Matsyendranath,The Fish, Jivamukti Focus March 2017 by Sharon Gannon

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Focus Of The Month – March, 2017 hānan eṣāṁ kleśavad uktam The greatest obstacle to the practice of yoga is one’s own prejudices based on one’s own preferences. PYS IV. 28 Once upon a time, the strong, wise, out-of-this-world God of Transformation Lord Shiva was sitting with his companion, the great Goddess Parvati. He was

2 02, 2017

Shiva’s Drum

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Our bodies are an internal wonderland of magic and experience. The watery world of skin, bone, muscle and tissue creates channels and cavities of resonance, and together with the functional systems made of vacuums and pumps, we are a perfect instrument for channeling vibration. It is through these systems, both physical and subtle, that we

29 01, 2017

freedom in action

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Over the past week, Donald Trump's first week as US president, I have been feeling my psoas muscle firing up at the most unusual times. It is as if I'm waiting for the next terrible thing to happen, but in fact, it already has. In the moment it takes to sign pen to paper, Donald

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