A Gentle Truth

Kindness (Ahimsa) comes before truthfulness (Satya) in the Yoga Sutras.  This is significant.  While we should strive to be truthful in all we think, say and do, this should never come at the expense of doing harm.   There are times when speaking the truth might be hurtful. Do you …

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What is your truth?

Satya – truthfulness in what we think, say and do – is classical yoga’s second precept.  This sounds simple enough, but have you ever really thought about what truth is?  Is your truth the same as my truth?  What does it mean to be true in what we think, say …

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I don’t want to step on an ant

Ahimsa – non-harming – is the first guiding principle of classical yoga.  Traditional yogis are typically vegetarian in support of this concept.  But is being vegetarian appropriate or is it enough?   There are people who go to extraordinary lengths to avoid harming animals.  The Jain monks were known for …

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Ahimsa: The path to happiness

Achieving peace, happiness and good health starts with Ahimsa, the first precept of Classical Yoga. Ahimsa means “non-harm” in our actions and, most importantly, in our thoughts.  The mindful  application of Ahimsa to our thoughts is crucial to our health and happiness.   From the study of neuroscience, scientists have …

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What is restorative yoga?

Usually, a yoga class might consist of a number of active postures, followed by Savasana, a period of ‘active relaxation’.  This active relaxation helps us to bring ourselves back into balance by just being instead of doing. Similarly, restorative yoga is more about just being, and less about doing any …

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YoGa Nidra

You’ve finished an enlivening practice that’s strengthed your core, opened your chest and lengthened every muscle of your body. The practice is about to close with yoga nidra. You stretch out on your mat and let everything relax much like you would in savasana but yoga nidra is not quite …

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YoGA for Spring!

Yoga for Spring! As we move out of the heaviness of winter; our practise becomes more invigorating! Winter is traditionally a time when we can become introspective and crave heavier foods. Come spring, we may wake earlier and yearn to become more active and try new things. Simplify and Spring …

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