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Quest for Unity
We have a drive for wholeness—for the inner experience of unity that is the source of all religions. Swami Rama explains why this unity is needed to move humanity forward and how religious doctrines highlight differences between us, sowing discord rather than unity.
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Swami Rama
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Concentration and Mindfulness: Cornerstones of Meditation
Does your meditation practice ever feel uninspired, like you are showing up for it but nothing is happening? Rolf Sovik explains how reviewing the two core features of meditation—concentration and mindfulness—can revitalize your practice, and he offers an illuminating review of each and how they come together.
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Rolf Sovik, PsyD
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Sri Sukta: Invoking Inner and Outer Prosperity
Sri Sukta—a cluster of 16 Vedic mantras—is one of the greatest gifts of the sages to humanity. Reciting Sri Sukta attracts the forces of health, peace, and prosperity while displacing conditions of emptiness, loneliness, and other forms of inner poverty. Learn about the three stages of practice.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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5 Simple Yoga Practices to Bring You Lasting Peace of Mind
Silence is calming, refreshing, and restorative. It cleanses and quiets our mind and heart. Rolf Sovik offers five simple yoga practices to reconnect our body and breath, and center our mind in a peaceful, nurturing silence.
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Rolf Sovik, PsyD
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Meditation Is Not What You Think
Meditation is not thinking. It’s a systematic method of training the mind to go beyond thought, gradually transforming our life into a joyful, peaceful experience. Learn how meditating with patience and the help of a mantra brings fulfillment in life and fearlessness in death.
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Swami Rama
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Beginner’s Guide to Bandhas
The three yogic locks, or bandhas, are fundamental practices of yoga. Learn the importance and benefits of these locks—throat (jalandhara bandha), stomach (uddiyana bandha), and root (mula bandha)—and how to combine them in a simple technique that can easily be integrated into your asana practice.
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Rolf Sovik, PsyD
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Seamless Breathing for a Quiet Mind
Just as a skillful musician creates a seamless, flowing melody, we can learn to breathe in a smooth, unbroken way that quiets the mind, opening the door to self-discovery. In these breath-refining practices, Rolf Sovik leads us from simple breathing to awareness of the breath in the nostrils to coordinating the flow of the breath with the sound of the mantra so’ham.
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Rolf Sovik, PsyD
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Breath Awareness: Key to Deep Meditation
Without breath awareness, a deep state of meditation is impossible. Learn how breath awareness leads to sushumna, an undisturbed and joyous state of mind, and how breath awareness differs from pranayama exercises.
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Swami Rama
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Different Types of Breath-Connected Movement
Which types of movement invite us to inhale, and which to exhale? In this third article on breath-connected movement, Judy Moulton helps us refine our yoga practice by exploring how movements such as lifting, opening, and expanding share the qualities of inhalation, while the opposite types of movement encourage exhalation.
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Judy Moulton
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Steady Posture: Foundation for Breath Awareness
In learning to meditate, breath awareness is even more important than tranquility of mind. But to practice breath awareness, we first need a steady, comfortable, and easy posture. Swami Rama offers several options.
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Swami Rama
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Breath: Transforming Movement into Yoga
Connecting breath with movement transforms simple movement into yoga. It creates an awareness of the subtle aspect of breath—prana, or life-force energy—that is at the heart of yoga and leads to inner stillness. Learn step-by-step how to coordinate movement and breath.
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Judy Moulton
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Bandhas and Mudras
To practice pranayama with breath retention, we must apply bandhas (locks). Swami Rama describes the three bandhas and their effects, as well as mudras (seals) used in meditation and pranayama.
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Swami Rama