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5 Questions for a New Year

The practice of Svadhyaya is the practice of self-study either through watching how and what you are or by reading works by teachers who have already trodden the path. It is a process of waking up to who and what you are. Here are some questions to align yourself with what you might be ignoring…

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Secret to Happiness

According to the app from Iphone, how happy we are depends on one thing and it is not what we are doing but rather how present we are to what we are doing that counts. This is known as mindfulness and so to enjoy a happy life we need to get really present. Patanjali also…

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7 Steps to Changing Habits

As I stand waiting for a friend I feel the same sort of tightness arise in me. Where are they? Why are they late? Why can’t they be on time (like me). This cycling over and over in my mind is the workings of samskara, our conditioned way of being, thinking or behaving. The way…

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Wandering Eye

‘Our eyes are our window to the soul’ Traditional proverb When we practice yoga we may be reminded about using  drishti or a gazing point to help us concentrate during our practice. This spot could be on the tip of the nose, to the thumbs or navel or maybe in yin towards our inner eye…

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Cotton Wool for the Mind

Whenever we have an experience that is not entirely pleasurable in a physical, mental or emotional way we may store that experience away in our body or mind as one to avoid again in the future. In yoga this is one of the kleshas known as dvesha. Dvesha is rejecting the world to insulate us…

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Being true to yourself

As we practice yin we have a chance to practice and reflect on our integrity. Integrity is being true towards yourself and remembering which way our moral compass points. As we move our body through different shapes there are always temptations to push too far beyond our edge, practice when you should be resting or…