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The Yamas: Creating Harmony in Daily Life
It can be hard to change unproductive habit patterns. Yoga’s yamas (restraints) and niyamas (observances) help us to do just that. Learn how the five yamas alert us when our actions are out of sync with our spiritual aspirations and how they help us understand and manage the emotions driving our actions—allowing us to relate to ourselves and others in a more harmonious and balanced way.
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Rolf Sovik, PsyD
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Three Tips for a More Spiritual Life
What does it mean to be spiritual? How do we begin to bring more spirituality into our daily life in a simple way? Judy Moulton offers three practical tips to help us connect to something bigger than ourselves and expand our limited view of who we are as we create a richer, more meaningful way of living that opens the door for deeper exploration and personal nourishment.
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Judy Moulton
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The Sage from the Valley of Flowers
The Valley of Flowers in the Himalayas is noted for its extraordinary natural beauty and spiritual vibrancy. Swami Rama relates his adventures as a young man traveling through this valley—how the intoxicating fragrance of its wild flowers disoriented his mind, and how he learned a valuable lesson from Gudari Baba, a sage with a mysterious healing blanket, who guided him on the journey.
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Swami Rama
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How to Cultivate Non-Attachment
Non-attachment is essential for gaining knowledge of our core being. How do we cultivate an attitude of non-attachment, and why is awareness of the transitory nature of worldly objects and achievements so important? Pandit Tigunait explains how the practice of pratyahara (withdrawing the senses) helps us to develop this awareness and bring the mind to joyful stillness, so that the mind can turn inward toward the true source of happiness.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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A Mantra for Happiness
Mantra is a sacred sound, word, or set of words that lead us to a higher state of consciousness. In this delightful story from his youth, Swami Rama tells how he eagerly collected mantras, always hoping for a better one, and how a sage taught him the most important and practical mantra of all—a mantra that can help us in every circumstance of life.
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Swami Rama
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The Vedic Tradition and How It Views God
Yoga is part of the Vedic tradition—the teachings and experiences of lineages of sages who lived on the Indian subcontinent in ancient times. Learn how this tradition was born and has continued; how its vast body of revealed wisdom, in the form of mantras, was organized in scriptures known as the Vedas; and what this wisdom says about the nature of God.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Family Life: A Path of Spiritual Growth
In parenting and being a partner, we have a tremendous opportunity to become more loving, open, accepting, and selfless. Swami Rama explains why family life is so important, not only for the foundation it gives to children, but also because of the significant effects it can have on the parents’ spiritual growth.
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Swami Rama
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Shaucha (Part 2): Purifying Mind & Heart
We are used to practicing physical cleanliness, but how often do we think about cleaning our mind? Yoga practices for purifying the mind and heart help clear away old self-limiting thoughts and emotions that hold us back in life and in our spiritual quest. Irene Petryszak explains the deeper aspects of cleansing in this second post on saucha (cleanliness, purification), the first of the Yoga Sutra’s five niyamas (observances).
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Irene (Aradhana) Petryszak
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Yoga on Death & Dying
Yogis greet death joyfully. For them, leaving the body voluntarily at the time of death is like taking off a suit of clothes. Most of us haven’t learned how to die at will, but as Swami Rama explains, even if we just meditate regularly and sincerely, we will find that our mantra is an eternal friend during the time of transition—the leader that guides us from this world to the next.
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Swami Rama
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The Infinite Joy of Self-Transformation
Do yoga and the self-transformation we achieve from it ever end? Establishing physical well-being and a mind free of negativity and distractions is just the beginning. Learn how going deeper, to find ourselves in union with the deepest aspects of our being, takes us on a never-ending journey of self-discovery, transformation, and infinite joy.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Shaktipata: Bestowing Bliss
Can we become enlightened through grace alone? In this engaging tale from his youth, Swami Rama learns that shaktipata—the grace of the divine flowing through a master to bestow bliss and enlightenment—is possible only when a seeker has sincerely and faithfully undertaken a long period of discipline and spiritual practice.
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Swami Rama
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Yoga and Your Religious Faith
Will the practice of yoga disturb your religious faith? Swami Rama explains in a clear, straightforward manner why there is no need to abandon your faith in order to benefit from the systematic, practical teachings of yoga. He describes how yoga leads to a healthy body and focused mind that help you become a better practitioner of Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, or Buddhism.
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Swami Rama