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25 09, 2017

Shadows and Light

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Four years ago today I got a call that saved my physical body. I can rely only on my fading memory to travel back to that time when living day-to-day was a mental practice in both holding on and letting go; when acceptance wasn't a choice but a but integral to my own physical and

8 09, 2017

A Remedy: Be Specific

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Life all around us can sometimes feel like a chaotic blur. Things to do, people to meet, places to go...these out of body tasks mount up over time, and along with stress, they take us away from being in our body, from knowing where we are in space and time. We can feel lost, drifting...without

1 09, 2017

samsara + yoga

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Let’s face it. The transition from August to September can be dramatic for some of us - full of events that remind us of that the end of the year is on its way. September has largely become the 'New January’ as many people are ready to begin again upon returning from a summer of

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