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Get Clear on Meditation

Posted on 8/18/2017 by Ashley Josephine in Meditation Ashley Josephine Practice of Meditation Yoga Philosophy

One of the reasons why the Yoga Sutras are somewhat hard to understand for a first-time reader is because of the presentation and organization of the sutras themselves. Rather than presenting a chronological order of yoga with clear instructions, the very first chapter sets out to explain the unexplainable – the end goal of yoga, or samadhi. In fact, it takes an entire chapter and 51 sutras to really define and deconstruct what yoga is. Keep in mind, asana isn’t mentioned once!

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I Am Content

Posted on 3/14/2017 by Sunny Koh in Meditation Contentment Practice Santosha Sunny Koh Philosophy of Yoga Off the Mat

What is it about being ambitious by nature? I am always playing with the prospect of somewhere else, or something else, something new. Seeking it has always been my mindset, for as long as I can remember. Until now. Finding balance between my self-determination and so much my brain space can handle? I have to work on getting my life sorted, get a health check, or my goal of drinking more water in this moment, and I can write a list of 20-something things I want to do, or I can try to schedule (more like squeeze in) back-to-back yoga classes into my daily schedule, and I can try to become a better photographer or writer or whatever it is yet all I’d like to do is sit still.

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Remedies For Cold Weather

Posted on 2/14/2017 by Lindsay Nova in self-care Practice Ritual Winter Detox Guide Winter Remedies Mindfulness detox Deep Breathing Meditation

By now, winter has long been settled into many parts of the world bringing colder temperatures. Winter can be hard on the body as it works overtime to keep your body warm and you may find yourself craving hibernation. Do you ever find your energy levels lower during the winter? Or do you always catch a dreaded cold every winter? You may be wondering how you can stay healthy to promote more energy, boost your immune system to fight sluggish energy and beat the winter blues so that you're ready to fling into spring.

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Stay Steadfast in your Self-Practice

Posted on 12/27/2016 by YogaDownload .com in Deep Breathing Meditation Pranayama self-care Featured Classes Yoga Lifestyle Yoga for the Holidays Sadhana

Last week, we discussed the Winter Solstice and how when we align with nature, we settle into a rhythm that honors our own inner being. It’s easy to get off balance this time of year when the world seems focused on the holidays, and your usual schedule flies out the window. How we can maintain our self-practice or Sadhana!

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Shine Bright In the Dark of Night: How to Observe Solstice Week

Posted on 12/21/2016 by YogaDownload .com in reflection Meditation Gratitude Winter Solstice Featured Classes

Can you feel the change in the air? December 21, 2016, marked the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. What exactly is a solstice? “Solstice” comes from Latin: sol meaning "sun" and sistere meaning “to stand still.” The Winter Solstice is the perfect time to pause, reflect, and create our dreams and intentions.

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Ways To Teach Yourself Yoga

Posted on 11/28/2016 by Cassie Brewer in Meditation benefits of yoga home practice Yoga Practice Ways to Teach Yourself Yoga

Fitness trends come and go all the time. Crossfit had its time in the spotlight, as did rail running and P90X. However, as studies are published across the fitness and medical industries, telling us which exercises will really get us into the best shape of our lives, there is one form of fitness that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. Which one is it? You guessed it: yoga.

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May Your Heart (And Belly) Be Full

Posted on 11/22/2016 by YogaDownload .com in Holiday Meditation Meditation Gratitude Attitude of Gratitude Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving friends! We’re here to help you kick off the day mindfully. Before the company gets here, take 10 minutes for yourself to get grounded in a moment of thankfulness – that’s what today is all about, right? Root down by sitting or standing in a place that feels comfortable, and spend a few moments gathering all your favorite people and places and foods and pleasures in your heart. Sometimes it’s easiest to start a meditation with “I am grateful for…”

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7 Affirmations For Success

Posted on 11/22/2016 by Ashley Josephine in Meditation Affirmations Positive Affirmations Ashley Josephine Chakras Attitude of Gratitude

Affirmations are phrases you repeat to yourself over and over again. Repeating these words reminds you of their meaning and the importance of the words. You can use these positive phrases to stay motivated and inspired. Affirmations can be repeated silently inside your head, said out loud, or written down and hung somewhere visible.

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Na'maste at Home with YogaDownload and Roku

Posted on 10/16/2016 by YogaDownload .com in self-care Practice Yoga Take Yoga Anywhere ROKU Meditation Pranayama yoga Kundalini Yoga

Do you ever feel like yoga should be more accessible? It has become harder with our fast-paced lives to get our practice in. Especially in a highly digital world, we have become more and more distracted. Instead of staying centered and trusting our internal compass, we’re pulled in a million directions. What’s the solution?

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Featured Pose: Padmasana or Lotus Pose

Posted on 9/28/2016 by YogaDownload .com in Featured Pose Padmasana Lotus Pose Pratyahara enlightenment Self-Awareness Meditation Strength

As one of the most beautiful flowers in the world, the lotus stands for enlightenment and self-awareness. It has its roots in the mud, at the bottom of streams and ponds, but rises to blossom above the water without becoming wet or tainted by the mire below. It symbolically represents being fully grounded in our truths, yet aspiring past suffering and negativity towards our truest forms.

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Mindfulness, Meditation, Mastery: Welcome To Your Mind

Posted on 9/28/2016 by YogaDownload .com in Yoga Sutras Benefits of Meditation Meditation Compassion Be Present Quiet the Mind Seat of Awareness Dhyana Practice of Medtation Mindfulness national yoga month

Meditation teaches us how distracted we really are. We just don’t usually notice because we are so distracted. Most of us generally have the same series of redundant thoughts circling around in our mind, over and over and over again. In our society, we are so focused on getting somewhere, getting what we want, the “if only” syndrome so to speak. If only we can just get this job, this house, this person, fill in the blank, then we’ll be happy. When we are operating from this mindset, we aren’t focused on the here and now.

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Mahamantra: Meditation Made Easy

Posted on 9/13/2016 by Glenn Dickstein in Meditation Meditation Made Easy King of Meditations Sound Meditation

Have you tried and failed at meditating? You are not alone! We all lead busy lives and the whole idea of meditating, for the peace that it is reputed to bring, sounds great. But when we sit down, the mind noise can be frustrating, distracting and downright irritating. Some friends have reported that they have stopped meditating because increasing their upset rather than reducing it!

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Be Here Now

Posted on 8/23/2016 by Ross O'Brien in Meditation Be Present Fearless Be Here Now Subtle Provocations

Why do I feel this sense of urgency? I feel it all the time. I feel it the morning when I first wake up. I feel it while I am doing my work. I feel it while I am driving, walking and riding my bike. I feel it when I am on my yoga mat. I feel it in meditation. I feel it now as I write these words: write faster, finish writing sooner, move on to the next thing you have to do today. 

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Why I Love Sun Salutations

Posted on 4/13/2016 by Adam Hocke in Meditation Adam Hocke vinyasa flow technique Chaturanga Strap Trick Strap Trick Sun Salutations

Am I full of it? I love Sun Salutations. I love doing them exactly the same way every day. I don’t need to be creative with them. But why is this? When asked about keeping up a yoga practice, I often say “consistency is what really matters. don’t worry about duration or intensity, just do something every day.” When asked about sequencing one’s practice for home or a classroom environment, I’ll defend the power of simple movements repeated several times with breath taught over many classes over complicated choreography that’s shifting and changing from one moment to the next and never repeated again from one class to another. If asked why, I’ll say “repetition of simple movements with breath is what will help the nervous system and mind relax, too much new and complicated will just stimulate and potentially lead to new stress.” I say these things, know them intuitively to be true, but beyond tradition (yoga sutras definitely emphasize repetition and consistency, and the movements of sun salutes are very much present in Eastern prayer tradition) really haven’t had much to back it up. But I think I’m beginning to get a clearer picture.

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Don't Overthink it: Effective Methods to Find True Peace of Mind

Posted on 7/24/2015 by sarah stringer in Meditation Exercise Massage Piece of Mind Therapist Do Something Fun

Paying bills, taking care of kids, going to work… life can be very stressful at times to the point you feel like you just want to scream. With the various events that happen throughout the course of the day the mind can begin to race constantly wondering what to do. If you’ve been feeling bogged down lately, or have perhaps been over thinking every scenario happening in your life, then it may be time for you to come to terms with reality and find true peace of mind.

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Unfolding Time with Vedic Astrology

Posted on 7/16/2015 by Tracy Atkinson in Meditation yoga Ayurveda Vedic Astrology Vedas

What is Vedic Astrology? Jyotisha, or Vedic astrology, is the ancient astrology of India. It has an unbroken lineage going back over five thousand years. Jyotisha is derived from the Sanskrit word Jyoti meaning “light”. Thus, Jyotisha is often referred to as the science of light, for it helps us to see the past, present and future clearly as well as giving us insight into who we are and how to best actualize our potential.

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Why I Move

Posted on 7/2/2015 by Adam Hocke in Meditation Savasana Adam Hocke Downward-facing dog basic goodness

I continually ask myself and reconsider what I’m actually doing and teaching others to do in asana. I often refer back to the great teachers on what they have to say. Beyond the mechanics of making shapes, there is, for me, a profound process under way.

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Off the Grid

Posted on 6/16/2015 by Dana Damara in Meditation Off the Grid Mercury Retrograde Girl Empowerment Beach Divine

You know, my life has always followed this crazy rhythm. And it hasn’t always been in time with everyone else’s. However, what I’m learning is that it’s been in Divine time and very often, in time with the Moon.

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What are You Willing to Sacrifice?

Posted on 5/27/2015 by Adam Hocke in Adam Hocke Practice Meditation Postures Flow Study

The absolute pressing question to me right now is “What am I willing to sacrifice?” This isn’t about some self righteous asceticism but rather about prioritising my yoga practice. I’ve been at it long enough to know that yoga, which for me means postures, flow, study, and meditation, makes me feel sane and happy. But I also work a lot, try to have an active social life, and need some sleep somewhere between all that. My schedule is often irregular. I say all this not because I think I’m exceptional, but rather because I think I’m just like everyone else.

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Meditation: The Good The Bad and The Ugly

Posted on 5/27/2015 by Josh Croes in Meditation Josh Croes Relation Response Better Decisions Quiet Place

Whenever I bring up meditation, the most common response is, “I can’t do that”. Why do so many people feel that they can’t meditate? One of my teachers, Alan Finger, always says, “If you can’t spend three minutes with yourself, who’s going to want to spend any time with you?” I know it sounds cliche, but it’s true. We’ve come so far away from our true selves with distractions such as Facebook, Netflix and the latest series of The Bachelor that we no longer feel comfortable just sitting with ourselves. Most of us have difficulty quieting our minds to meditate, and often the mere thought of meditating brings on anxiety.

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Walk Slowly With Your Emotions

Posted on 5/5/2015 by Jenn Allen in Meditation Jenn Allen The Healing Power of Meditation

There is an interesting book, "The Healing Power of Meditation" I’ve been reading about meditation and it’s effect on the mind and body. It’s a collaborative piece written by multiple experts in the fields of Psycholoy, Buddhism, and health professions, such as neurology. In the portion of the book that talks about meditation and emotion, it describes the process the human body, and mind, goes through when experiencing an emotion. Emotion is a fast response and usually subside. When we say we’ve been “feeling bad all day” what we’re doing is revisiting the same emotion, over, and over. We think the whole day has been “bad” when we really are just thinking about the same thing that gave us that emotion, calling for the response again, and again.

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Meditation Trigger Points

Posted on 4/6/2015 by Karin Cooper in Meditation Inner Peace Moment of Quiet Appreciation for Life

The very thought of meditation triggers memories of failed best intentions to quiet my mind. I have a very noisy mind.

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Hopelessness Can Be a Good Thing

Posted on 7/17/2013 by Alan Finger in Meditation Pranayama

When you meditate, I want you to be hopeless. It may sound strange, but I simply want you to lose that need to drive forward that we all have. Instead of focusing on expectations and outcomes, I want you to witness what’s going on in your mind at this moment.

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