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The New Discipline of Yoga

Posted on 1/30/2017 by Adam Hocke in Adam Hocke Yoga Practice Discipline New Discipline of Yoga Clarity Intention commitments

What is discipline, really? Discipline is a tricky little devil. Ideally, it can be the fire that gets us on the mat so that we can strip away the illusions and misidentifications that cause us to suffer. As Iyengar explains, “wood must be heated to ignite it and bring out the hidden fire within.” Not so ideally, it can also be a confusing agent of self-hatred and punishment. When we commit ourselves to a disciplined daily practice (and since there is no need to preach to the converted, we know this has benefits) we can also be mistakenly committing ourselves to a desire to achieve aesthetically based fitness goals and an addiction to the ability to perform complicated party-trick asana. When I miss a practice or feel that I’ve just sort of lazily stretched for an hour, a niggle in the back of my mind warns that perhaps I’ll soon slip back into adolescent pudginess and its maelstrom of related emotional entanglements if I don’t step up and get myself back into shape. I have to remember that there is a balance of health to be maintained between body, mind, and heart – which of course are fundamentally intertwined – while on the sometimes difficult and circuitous path of yoga. A path that we hope leads us through a life liberated from cycles of suffering.

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Super Moon in Gemini (12/13/16) – Clarity and Consciousness

Posted on 12/10/2016 by Alanna Kaivalya in Alanna Kaivalya Consciousness Alchemical Ritual Astrological Reading Gemini Super Moon Clarity

The super moon in Gemini on December 13, 2016 illuminates our communication and learning. It encourages us to make connections, and stay close to our siblings, friends and relatives. Gemini’s most notable attributes are all highlighted, but this is also a good opportunity to let go of what doesn’t serve you in the realm of chatter: mental, verbal or spiritual. If there is too much in the way, it obstructs clarity, and for our path to be pure, we need to be clear.

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