Yoga’s Ethical Guide to Living: The Yamas and Niyamas | Kripalu

By firmly grasping the flower of a single virtue, a person can lift the entire garland of yama and niyama.—Swami Kripalu Yogas Ethical Guide to the Yamas and Niyamas The yamas and niyamas are yoga’s ethical guidelines laid out in the first two limbs of Patanjali’s eightfold path. They’re like a map written to guide…

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Your First Thai Massage

Is this your first Thai Yoga Massage? Here is a simple guide of what to expect during and after your session:

Thai Yoga Massage is a meditative practice. Both the giver and receiver engage in a state of relaxed focused awareness. It is best performed without conversation. The need to express may come up and that’s ok, however, the practitioner will not respond overly much.

Cultivating Compassion in Long Term Care

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” – Dalai Lama I came across the following article the other day and it really resonated with my experiences working in long term care. “What kind of person ignores the suffering of another?  What causes one witness to a tragedy…

Loving Kindness Meditation

Metta Bhavana is a Buddhist meditation which cultivates benevolence toward oneself and others. It is a beautiful offering of loving kindness to the world. Begin by taking a comfortable seat. Allow your awareness to settle on your breath. Relax your shoulders, your mouth, your jaw. Soften your gaze and relax your eyes. Relax your head,…

Contemplating Samadhi

Patanjali Yoga Sutra 1.41 Just as the naturally pure crystal assumes shapes and colors of objects placed near it, so the Yogi’s mind with its totally weakened modifications, becomes clear and balanced and attains the state devoid of differentiation between knower, knowable and knowledge. This culmination of meditation is Samadhi. Siva Sutra Svacchanda Tantra Bondage…

Union

“A human being is a part of the whole called by us “the universe,” a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest – a kind of optical illusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our…

Yoga for Dementia

 Therapeutic Yoga for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias    The ancient art of yoga has become more and more popular in recent years as a way to harmonize the mind and the body; a way to enhance our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well being. But what if the mind is unwell? Can yoga help…

Five Simple Ways To Find Peace When You Feel Triggered

  What do you do when someone triggers you? When you have conflict with someone you care about?  I crave peace and harmony in my relationships, yet lately I find myself sometimes carried into disagreements with strong emotion. I see other friends and family members going through similar situations. Heated political discussions, discordant viewpoints and highly stressful times may be…

The Yoga of Vulnerability

One of they key topics that comes up for me in the fall is the Yoga concept of Aparigraha. Aparigraha, or non-grasping, is one of the Five Yamas (ethical precepts of living). It means having an open handed approach to life. It is a way of letting things come as they come, and go as they go.

Ayurveda for Summer

Summer is the season of Pitta. Pitta Dosha represents the elements of fire and water. The qualities are: hot, light, sharp, oily, pungent, penetrating, intense, acidic. Pitta controls digestion – it is the fire of metabolism (representing how we digest food) and the fire of the mind (how we digest information). It is the dosha…