Loving Kindness Meditation

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Loving-kindness meditation can be brought in to support the practice of ‘bare attention’ to help keep the mind open and sweet. It is a fact of life that many people are troubled by difficult emotional states in the pressured societies we live in, but do little in terms of developing skills to deal with them. […]

The Journey of Yoga: 1st in a Series

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By Judy Merritt Before I began to write this, I stopped to sit down on my front step. Facing the sun rising above my garden shed, I took a deep breath. The warmth of the sun soaked into my skin. I took another breath, following it to the muscles that were creating a lift to […]

Swami Rama, The Animals and Hansel & Gretel

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My yoga journey reads a bit like the tale of Hansel & Gretel – a kid, lost in the woods, somehow with the insight and wisdom to drop trails of rocks and breadcrumbs so as to see where I’ve been and, when the moment is right, to find my way back to where I need […]

The 6 Pillars for Yogic Living

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When Ann Maxwell and Teri Sanders first heard Dr. Carrie Demers from the Himalayan Institute speak on the 6 Pillars for Yogic Living, they not only found it life-changing, but made it a handout that is now covered in the first two hours of our 200 hour Teacher Training; they believed it was that important. […]

Ashram Life

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By Joy Illikainen “How was your vacation?”  This is the question I get from friends and acquaintances each time I return from India. “It really isn’t a vacation,” my answer begins.  “It’s more of a pilgrimage.”  Insert strange look from friends. “Is it like missionary work?” “Well, no.  I lived in an ashram and got […]