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Enjoy short discussions from our faculty on topics like meditation, philosophy, and health—ancient wisdom tailored to the modern seeker.

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Talks / For Teachers
Unfold Power and Compassion in Yourself and Your Students
In the first video of this new series for teachers, Shari Friedrichsen expounds upon the sacred power of Rudra and sheds light on how to awaken this force in you and your students. Learn how to unfold the power and compassion that lies within and deepen your relationship with the fire of consciousness. Format: Video with audio download Length: 7 mins
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Shari Friedrichsen
13
Talks / Sacred Texts
Unpacking the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Chapter 4: Samadhi
In the final installment of this Hatha Yoga Pradipika series, Sandra Anderson expounds upon the fourth chapter of this classic scripture: Samadhi. Learn how the practices contained within this profound text lead us towards the ultimate goal of hatha yoga: absorption with the infinite, and how the sacred union between breath and mind is the path to reach there. Format: Video with audio download Length: 13 mins
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Sandra Anderson
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Talks / Sacred Texts
Unpacking the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Chapter 3: Kundalini, Bandhas, and Mudras
In the second chapter of the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, we learned about the shatkarmas (techniques for purification) and pranayama practices. In this fourth installment, Sandra Anderson delves into the third chapter and discusses the subjects of kundalini, bandhas, and mudras, and how they relate to our practice and spiritual quest. Tune in and take a deeper dive into this quintessential hatha yoga scripture. Format: Video with audio download Length: 11 mins
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Sandra Anderson
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Talks / Sacred Texts
Unpacking the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Chapter 2: Shatkarma and Pranayama
In the first chapter of the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, we learned that the practice of asana is intended to activate, intensify, and redirect prana (life force energy). Here, Sandra Anderson relates key shatkarma (technique for purification) and pranayama practices introduced in the second chapter. Tune in to explore how these practices allow us to work with the subtle body and move us toward their goal of clearing and purifying the pathways of prana. Format: Video with audio download Length: 17 mins
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Sandra Anderson
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Talks / Sacred Texts
Unpacking the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Chapter 1: Asana
The Hatha Yoga Pradipika contains a wealth of information for the modern student of yoga. Unpack the first chapter of the text here with Sandra Anderson, as she highlights key takeaways—the yamas and niyamas, supports for a yogic lifestyle, and “the first part of hatha yoga”—asana. Format: Video with audio download Length: 14 mins
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Sandra Anderson
12
Talks / Sacred Texts
Historical Overview of the Hatha Yoga Pradipika
The Hatha Yoga Pradipika is among the most influential texts on the practice of hatha yoga. In what context did the text originate, and how can we make the best use of its teachings? In the first talk of this series, Sandra Anderson introduces the historical context of the Hatha Yoga Pradipika—the context from which modern yoga practice evolved—and she elaborates on how verses from the first chapter of the text offer us a glimpse into the scope and power of hatha yoga vidya (knowledge). Format: Video with audio download Length: 12 mins
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Sandra Anderson
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Talks / Holistic Health
Getting Protein in a Plant-Based Diet
Does eating a plant-based diet mean we have to sacrifice protein? In this engaging talk, Theresa Oswald shares some commonly consumed vegetables that contain up to six grams of protein per serving. Tune in to learn a variety of tips for eating a diverse, plant-based diet—without sacrificing protein! Format: Video with audio download Length: 7 mins
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Theresa Oswald, MD
6
Talks / Holistic Health
Importance of a Daily Routine
According to ayurveda, the sister science of yoga, establishing a daily routine is essential to achieving optimal health. Tune in to hear Carrie Demers discuss the benefits of building structure around the four key areas of our lives—diet, movement, sleep, and rest. Learn why building stability in these areas can do wonders for your life and your health. Format: Video with audio download Length: 6 mins
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Carrie Demers, MD
6
Talks / Holistic Health
Understanding Inflammation: Helpful or Harmful?
What is inflammation, and when is it helpful versus harmful? Join Carrie Demers to learn the natural function of inflammation and hear common causes of inflammation-related immune system malfunctioning. By implementing simple changes to our lifestyle, we can support a healthier, more robust immune system. Format: Video with audio download Length: 6 mins
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Carrie Demers, MD
6
Talks / Holistic Health
Ayurveda for the Seasons: Summer
According to ayurveda, all of us are made up of the five elements—air, earth, water, space, and fire. As heat rises in the summer, imbalances related to pitta (the elemental energies of fire and water) can arise, leading to symptoms such as headaches and irritability. Tune in as Carrie Demers shares practical tips and yogic tools for pacifying pitta and staying healthy during the summer season. Format: Video with audio download Length: 6 mins
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Carrie Demers, MD
4
Talks / For Teachers
Mindful Languaging
As yoga teachers, we can use our verbal instruction to create a space where students can feel comfortable and supported throughout their practice. In this talk, Judy Moulton discusses the importance of using language with intention and shares tips for making our verbal instruction inclusive and accessible to all students. Format: Video with audio download Length: 4 mins
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Judy Moulton
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Talks / For Teachers
Refining Your Verbal Instruction
Communication is an integral part of teaching yoga. Considering and refining the craft of verbal instruction makes our teaching more skillful and helps us evolve as teachers. In this talk, Judy Moulton shares essential approaches for fine-tuning our language so that our teaching instruction can be rich, effective, and meaningful. Format: Video with audio download Length: 3 mins
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Judy Moulton

Ayurveda

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Talks / Ayurveda
Embrace Your Strengths, Honor Your Challenges
In some situations we are in our element, while in others we may feel more like a fish out of water, depending on our natural gifts and challenges. According to ayurveda, our personal qualities stem from the unique proportion of the five elements in our constitution—earth, water, fire, air, and space. Join Sarah Guglielmi as she explains how each element shapes our vulnerabilities and strengths. Format: Video with audio download Length: 8 mins
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Sarah Guglielmi
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Talks / Ayurveda
Traditional vs. Modern Panchakarma
Panchakarma, meaning “five actions (therapies)” is a cleansing and restorative practice that has traditionally required considerable time and stamina from the patient. Dr. Carrie Demers explains how a gentler, shorter, more affordable version—taking 3–4 days, rather than weeks—has evolved in the West that still offers remarkable healing benefits, helping to clear away toxins and other burdens from the body and mind and restore balance. Format: Video with audio download Length: 6 mins
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Carrie Demers, MD
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Talks / Ayurveda
Sleep Support for Kapha
Sleep usually comes easily for people with a dominant kapha dosha—earth-like tendencies—because of kapha’s grounding and stable qualities. In this video, Kathryn Templeton explains how excess kapha can cause stagnation that affects our sleep cycle. Learn secrets from ayurvedic medicine for counterbalancing the kaphic lethargy that can weigh you down, and discover refreshing sleep that leaves you feeling energized. Format: Video with audio download Length: 9 mins
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Kathryn Templeton
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Talks / Ayurveda
Sleep Support for Pitta
Ayurveda teaches us that people with excess amounts of pitta dosha—a combination of fire and water elements—can experience an imbalance of heat in the body. This heat can cause inflammation, adrenal fatigue, digestive problems, and disturb the cycle of sleep. For anyone experiencing pitta-related sleep issues, Kathryn Templeton suggests nourishing ayurvedic techniques to help you cool down, so that you can get a soothing and rejuvenating night’s rest. Format: Video with audio download Length: 11 mins
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Kathryn Templeton
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Talks / Ayurveda
Sleep Support for Vata
Getting to sleep and staying asleep can be difficult when vata dosha (the airlike tendency within us) goes out of balance, especially if vata is our dominant dosha. Kathryn Templeton offers advice on how to balance the light, dry, and highly mobile aspects of vata, setting the stage for restful and nourishing sleep. Format: Video with audio download Length: 11 mins
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Kathryn Templeton
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Talks / Ayurveda
How Ayurveda Supports Sleep
What does sleep really do for us, and why is it so important? Eastern and Western medicine agree that sleep is necessary for cleansing and rejuvenating the body. When we can’t get a good night’s rest, long-term sleep problems can manifest in a variety of ailments. In this short video, Kathryn Templeton discusses the three most common issues people experience regarding sleep—and how viewing these problems from an ayurvedic perspective can help you get the rest you need to support your mental and physical health. Format: Video with audio download Length: 8 mins
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Kathryn Templeton
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Talks / Ayurveda
Agni & Ojas: Transformation and Resilience
In ayurveda, agni and ojas are two of the main forces that support vitality, resilience, and joy in our lives. Agni—the fire of digestion and transformation located at the solar plexus—requires ojas as a container for its fire to burn, and ojas—the vital sap that contains our innate resilience—relies on the transformational processes of agni to initiate its regenerative properties. Dr. Carrie Demers explores the interconnected nature of these forces, and their roles in promoting a lifetime of wellness. Format: Video with audio download Length: 7 mins
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Carrie Demers, MD
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Talks / Ayurveda
Adapt to Your Kapha Stress Response
Stress can be paralyzing, leaving us hunkered down in a state of inaction. The grounding, earthy energy of kapha dominance causes us to freeze up, Kathryn Templeton explains, leading to feelings of stuckness and intractability. Learn specific tips to break out of lethargy and depression, and reframe stressful situations as opportunities to grow and adapt. Format: Video with audio download Length: 7 mins
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Kathryn Templeton
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Talks / Ayurveda
Build Resilience to Your Pitta Stress Response
We all have a certain amount of vata, the air element in ayurveda, in our nature—it is that which moves us. When we feel overwhelmed, unstable, or unsafe, our vata tends to dominate and we respond to stress by running away. Kathryn Templeton takes an in-depth look at this dosha’s relationship to stress, and offers practical tips for staying creative, fluid, and free in the face of fear. Format: Video with audio download Length: 6 mins
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Kathryn Templeton

For Teachers

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Talks / For Teachers
Unfold Power and Compassion in Yourself and Your Students
In the first video of this new series for teachers, Shari Friedrichsen expounds upon the sacred power of Rudra and sheds light on how to awaken this force in you and your students. Learn how to unfold the power and compassion that lies within and deepen your relationship with the fire of consciousness. Format: Video with audio download Length: 7 mins
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Shari Friedrichsen
4
Talks / For Teachers
Mindful Languaging
As yoga teachers, we can use our verbal instruction to create a space where students can feel comfortable and supported throughout their practice. In this talk, Judy Moulton discusses the importance of using language with intention and shares tips for making our verbal instruction inclusive and accessible to all students. Format: Video with audio download Length: 4 mins
Judy Moulton headshot
Judy Moulton
3
Talks / For Teachers
Refining Your Verbal Instruction
Communication is an integral part of teaching yoga. Considering and refining the craft of verbal instruction makes our teaching more skillful and helps us evolve as teachers. In this talk, Judy Moulton shares essential approaches for fine-tuning our language so that our teaching instruction can be rich, effective, and meaningful. Format: Video with audio download Length: 3 mins
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Judy Moulton
3
Talks / For Teachers
Cues for Physical & Energetic Stability
To experience physical and energetic stability in asana practice, we need to become aware of the three main parts of the spine—the lumbar, thoracic, and cervical regions (lower, middle, and upper spine). In this talk, Judy Moulton shares cues for helping students cultivate spinal stability and explores how these refinements can lead to a rich and fulfilling experience of yoga practice. Format: Video with audio download Length: 3 mins
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Judy Moulton
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Talks / For Teachers
Awakening to the Subtle Body: The Three A’s
The goal of yoga is to experience ultimate freedom and lasting fulfillment. How can we distill this goal into our yoga classes? In this talk, Judy Moulton explores the three A’s of teaching—a formula for guiding our students to move beyond physical alignment to access a more subtle and fulfilling experience of their yoga practice. Format: Video with audio download Length: 4 mins
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Judy Moulton

Holistic Health

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Talks / Holistic Health
Getting Protein in a Plant-Based Diet
Does eating a plant-based diet mean we have to sacrifice protein? In this engaging talk, Theresa Oswald shares some commonly consumed vegetables that contain up to six grams of protein per serving. Tune in to learn a variety of tips for eating a diverse, plant-based diet—without sacrificing protein! Format: Video with audio download Length: 7 mins
Theresa Oswald, MD headshot
Theresa Oswald, MD
6
Talks / Holistic Health
Importance of a Daily Routine
According to ayurveda, the sister science of yoga, establishing a daily routine is essential to achieving optimal health. Tune in to hear Carrie Demers discuss the benefits of building structure around the four key areas of our lives—diet, movement, sleep, and rest. Learn why building stability in these areas can do wonders for your life and your health. Format: Video with audio download Length: 6 mins
Carrie Demers, MD headshot
Carrie Demers, MD
6
Talks / Holistic Health
Understanding Inflammation: Helpful or Harmful?
What is inflammation, and when is it helpful versus harmful? Join Carrie Demers to learn the natural function of inflammation and hear common causes of inflammation-related immune system malfunctioning. By implementing simple changes to our lifestyle, we can support a healthier, more robust immune system. Format: Video with audio download Length: 6 mins
Carrie Demers, MD headshot
Carrie Demers, MD
6
Talks / Holistic Health
Ayurveda for the Seasons: Summer
According to ayurveda, all of us are made up of the five elements—air, earth, water, space, and fire. As heat rises in the summer, imbalances related to pitta (the elemental energies of fire and water) can arise, leading to symptoms such as headaches and irritability. Tune in as Carrie Demers shares practical tips and yogic tools for pacifying pitta and staying healthy during the summer season. Format: Video with audio download Length: 6 mins
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Carrie Demers, MD
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Talks / Holistic Health
How to Improve Your Sleep
We spend about one-third of our life sleeping, yet we can tend to overlook this key pillar of living a healthy lifestyle. How can we begin to support our natural rejuvenation process? Join Dr. Theresa Oswald for this Wellness Wednesday series segment to learn why sleep is so important and how working with the four “R’s”—rest, relaxation, rhythm, and routine—can help you achieve better sleep. Format: Video with audio download Length: 11 mins
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Theresa Oswald, MD
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Talks / Holistic Health
Why Breathe Through the Nose
Learning to breathe through the nose is the first step toward cultivating healthy breathing. As Bill Ryan explains, yoga science and western science agree that nose breathing is most beneficial for our health. Tune in to learn about the many benefits of nose breathing and discover ways to correct the habit of breathing through the mouth. Format: Video with audio download Length: 16 mins
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Bill Ryan, PhD
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Talks / Holistic Health
Biofeedback 101
As yoga practitioners, biofeedback can provide valuable insight into our physiology that can help advance our healing, support us in reaching our goals, and increase our awareness of the mind-body connection. In this informative talk, Bill Ryan discusses the history of biofeedback as a professional field and the contemporary uses of biofeedback techniques. Tune in to learn what a typical session looks like and how these therapies aid our self-regulation and resilience. Format: Video with audio download Length: 12 mins
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Bill Ryan, PhD
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Talks / Holistic Health
Compassion and Healing: A Doctor’s Perspective
Dr. Carrie Demers states that compassion is not about rescuing ourselves or others from the pain of suffering, but rather is the capacity to hold an empathetic space so there is room to heal. She explains how our efforts to simply push pain away are usually unhelpful, and how true healing begins when we can examine ourselves with compassion and see how our habitual actions may be affecting our health. Learn how she uses compassion to help patients move toward their own healing. Format: Video with audio download Length: 4 mins
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Carrie Demers, MD
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Talks / Holistic Health
Dynamics of the Diaphragm
Join Bill Ryan for a look at one of the most important muscles in the body, the diaphragm. This umbrella-shaped muscle hidden in our torso is the primary muscle used to control our breathing, but its benefits extend much further than simply pumping oxygen in and out of the body. Discover how using the diaphragm rather than our chest muscles to breathe activates our parasympathetic nervous system, creating a relaxation response that calms the mind and leads us toward a healthier, happier life. Format: Video with audio download Length: 13 mins
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Bill Ryan, PhD

Meditation

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Talks / Meditation
Meditation: Befriending Yourself
Meditation is a process of finding and befriending your inmost self. Join Sarah Guglielmi as she explores the steps along this journey. Find out how nurturing an inner connection through meditation gives us peace, strength, and intuitive wisdom. Format: Video with audio download Length: 6 mins
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Sarah Guglielmi
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Talks / Meditation
Om Where You Roam: Meditation Tips for Travel
When we travel, the peace and nourishment flowing from meditation can help us stay grounded and energized—but the changes to our environment and schedule can pose a challenge to maintaining our practice routine. What’s a traveling yogi to do? In this short talk, Luke Ketterhagen shares simple yet effective ways to take your meditation on the go, so that you can find home deep within yourself—wherever you roam. Format: Video with audio download Length: 9 mins
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Luke Ketterhagen
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COVID-19 Support / Emotional and Mental Resilience
How Meditation Builds Resilience
What if you could learn to manage stress simply by shifting your perspective? Bill Ryan explains how our worldview informs our reactions to perceived threats and dangers in our life. He then shares some good news: by transforming our mind and nervous system through meditation, we can take charge of our essential outlook to lead a less stressful, more fulfilling life. Format: Video with audio download Length: 5 mins
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Bill Ryan, PhD
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Talks / Meditation
Meditation and Self-Awareness in Family Life
Why does meditation help so much with regulating our emotions—whether we’re young or old? In this short video, Luke Ketterhagen describes how his teenage daughter used meditation to calm her anger and step back from it, rather than just reacting. He shares three practical steps for applying this kind of self-study (svadhyaya) in your own life. Discover how you and your loved ones can use this yogic observance (niyama) to learn more about yourselves—together. Format: Video with audio download Length: 6 mins
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Luke Ketterhagen
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Talks / Meditation
Using Meditation to Work with Difficult Emotions
Emotions can be tricky, but dealing with difficult ones, like anger or sadness, helps us cultivate balance and well-being. They provide a window into our deeper self and clue us into areas of our life where we need to process in some way. Kate Kill explains how using meditation to work with difficult emotions provides a safe and productive way to reflect on and transform our emotions, so they work for us and not against us. Format: Video with audio download Length: 6 mins
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Kate Kill
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Talks / Meditation
The Importance of a Comfortable Meditation Seat
Many of us know the overall benefits of meditation like a calmer, more focused mind. But we often forget how important it is to choose a steady, comfortable position for meditation. Is it better to sit in a chair? Would props be helpful for my knees? How long can I comfortably sit for? Luke Ketterhagen answers these questions and more, offering practical, useful tips. Learn how the foundation for success in meditation starts simply—with how we sit. Format: Video with audio download Length: 6 mins
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Luke Ketterhagen

Sacred Texts

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Talks / Sacred Texts
Unpacking the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Chapter 4: Samadhi
In the final installment of this Hatha Yoga Pradipika series, Sandra Anderson expounds upon the fourth chapter of this classic scripture: Samadhi. Learn how the practices contained within this profound text lead us towards the ultimate goal of hatha yoga: absorption with the infinite, and how the sacred union between breath and mind is the path to reach there. Format: Video with audio download Length: 13 mins
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Sandra Anderson
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Talks / Sacred Texts
Unpacking the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Chapter 3: Kundalini, Bandhas, and Mudras
In the second chapter of the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, we learned about the shatkarmas (techniques for purification) and pranayama practices. In this fourth installment, Sandra Anderson delves into the third chapter and discusses the subjects of kundalini, bandhas, and mudras, and how they relate to our practice and spiritual quest. Tune in and take a deeper dive into this quintessential hatha yoga scripture. Format: Video with audio download Length: 11 mins
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Sandra Anderson
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Talks / Sacred Texts
Unpacking the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Chapter 2: Shatkarma and Pranayama
In the first chapter of the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, we learned that the practice of asana is intended to activate, intensify, and redirect prana (life force energy). Here, Sandra Anderson relates key shatkarma (technique for purification) and pranayama practices introduced in the second chapter. Tune in to explore how these practices allow us to work with the subtle body and move us toward their goal of clearing and purifying the pathways of prana. Format: Video with audio download Length: 17 mins
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Sandra Anderson
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Talks / Sacred Texts
Unpacking the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Chapter 1: Asana
The Hatha Yoga Pradipika contains a wealth of information for the modern student of yoga. Unpack the first chapter of the text here with Sandra Anderson, as she highlights key takeaways—the yamas and niyamas, supports for a yogic lifestyle, and “the first part of hatha yoga”—asana. Format: Video with audio download Length: 14 mins
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Sandra Anderson
12
Talks / Sacred Texts
Historical Overview of the Hatha Yoga Pradipika
The Hatha Yoga Pradipika is among the most influential texts on the practice of hatha yoga. In what context did the text originate, and how can we make the best use of its teachings? In the first talk of this series, Sandra Anderson introduces the historical context of the Hatha Yoga Pradipika—the context from which modern yoga practice evolved—and she elaborates on how verses from the first chapter of the text offer us a glimpse into the scope and power of hatha yoga vidya (knowledge). Format: Video with audio download Length: 12 mins
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Sandra Anderson
6
Talks / Sacred Texts
Finding Our Inner Shakti
How did the sage Parashurama shed his past as an avenging mass murderer and grow into one of the greatest spiritual masters in Indian history? The key lay in reclaiming his inner shakti—the divine intelligence and power residing in each of us. Explore with Pandit Tigunait how this benevolent, transformative force motivates and guides us on our journey toward lasting fulfillment and ultimate freedom. Format: Video with audio download Length: 6 mins
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Talks / Sacred Texts
Abhinivesha: Self-Preservation
From low-grade anxiety to blinding panic, fear drives much of our thought, speech, and action. Sandra Anderson addresses this all-pervading affliction, abhinivesha. The fear of losing our life—the urge for self-preservation—fills our every cell. How can we make sure it serves as an adaptive instinct, instead of letting it grow into a constricting, destructive preoccupation? Find out as Sandra shares the ancient techniques of yoga, supported by modern insights from neurobiology. Format: Video with audio download Length: 9 mins
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Sandra Anderson
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Talks / Sacred Texts
Shakti As Divine Mother
In the tantric source text Tripura Rahasya, the sage Dattatreya describes the higher Self as a feminine, motherly figure. Why think of the divine force (shakti) in this way? Pandit Tigunait explains how the source of the universe is like an ever-nurturing, sacrificing mother to us. Find out how connecting with her unconditional love is a transformative experience. Format: Video with audio download Length: 6 mins
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Talks / Sacred Texts
Transforming Our Negative Mind
How can we defeat self-defeating thought patterns? In this short talk, Pandit Tigunait introduces the practice of pratipaksha bhavana—active cultivation of thoughts that are opposite to the afflicting ones. Learn about the technique that helped the sage Parashurama journey from guilt and despair to self-acceptance and self-realization. Format: Video with audio download Length: 6 mins
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD

Tantra

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Talks / Tantra
Ajna Chakra: Intuition & Self-Knowledge
The ajna chakra, or eyebrow center, governs the mind. It is known as the “command center.” There is no element associated with this chakra other than the mind itself. A healthy, balanced ajna chakra gives us clear thinking and intuitive knowledge, while an unbalanced one makes the mind scattered and disturbed. Shari Friedrichsen explains how to regain and maintain balance and stability of the mind, and discover a life open to beauty and grace. Format: Video with audio download Length: 7 mins
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Shari Friedrichsen
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Talks / Tantra
Vishuddhi Chakra: Creative Expression & Clarity
The vishuddhi chakra, or throat center, governs the element of space and is home to our true voice. Vishuddhi means “pure” and represents the ability to speak and hear the truth freely and to be creative. Shari Friedrichsen explains what happens when we are out of balance in this area and offers us helpful tips to maintain a healthy fifth chakra. Tap into the creativity of your vishuddhi chakra and discover a life of spiritual upliftment! Format: Video with audio download Length: 5 mins
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Shari Friedrichsen
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Talks / Tantra
Anahata Chakra: Heart-Centered Connectedness
The anahata chakra, or heart chakra, is the home of the whispers of our heart—the subtle vibrations of anahata, “unstruck sound.” This chakra governs our ability to feel all emotions, from joy to sorrow, and to extend love, support, and compassion not only to others but also to ourselves. Shari Friedrichsen explains what happens when this fourth-chakra area is out of balance, and she recommends practices to balance and strengthen it, so that we can connect more fully with ourselves and with others. Format: Video with audio download Length: 7 mins
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Shari Friedrichsen
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Talks / Tantra
Manipura Chakra: Energy & Transformation Through Fire
The manipura chakra is known as the “city of gems”—not ordinary gems, but self-effulgent gems that shine by their own light. Located at the navel center, this chakra governs our gut intelligence and our ability to see clearly. Associated with the element of fire, the manipura chakra represents purpose, courage, and self-confidence. Shari Friedrichsen explains the benefits of a healthy third chakra and what happens when we become out of balance here. Discover how to strengthen your manipura chakra for a life filled with vitality, clarity, and determination! Format: Video with audio download Length: 6 mins
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Shari Friedrichsen
6
Talks / Tantra
The Law of Immortality
Have you ever wondered about the results of your spiritual practice? According to Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, they far exceed what you can imagine. In fact, they are immortal. Learn how your practice benefits those who are living and those yet to be born, and how spiritually charged matter and energy from your practice return to you in your next life to ensure that you pick up your spiritual journey exactly where you left off in this life. Format: Video with audio download Length: 6 mins
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Talks / Tantra
Svadhishthana Chakra: The Purifying & Cooling Nature of Water
The svadhishthana chakra, or sacral chakra, is the home of all the sacred waters within us. Svadhishthana means “in her own abode”—the abode of Shakti herself—while sacrum, the home of our second chakra, means “sacred.” Shari Friedrichsen explains what happens when this area becomes out of balance, and what we need to do to have a healthy sacral chakra. Learn the tools to strengthen your svadhishthana chakra and enjoy a life full of fluidity, grace, sweetness, and creativity Format: Video with audio download Length: 5 mins
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Shari Friedrichsen
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Talks / Tantra
Muladhara Chakra: Stability & Groundedness
The chakras are subtle doorways into our spiritual life, each one representing an important function both physically and energetically. The muladhara chakra, or root chakra, is our foundation; it represents groundedness and earthiness. Shari Friedrichsen explains the importance of a healthy root chakra and what happens when we find ourselves out of balance there. Discover the three ways to keep your muladhara chakra balanced, supported, and stable—and enjoy the sweet fragrance of life! Format: Video with audio download Length: 6 mins
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Shari Friedrichsen
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Talks / Tantra
Chakras: Centers of Beauty, Grace, and Joy
Chakras are wheels of energy that influence, energize, and control different aspects of the body, mind, and heart. Shari Friedrichsen introduces us to the importance of understanding the chakras, explaining how the practice of yoga helps us undo the restrictions we’ve placed on these currents of energy. By strengthening these channels, we can experience the waves of beauty, grace, and joy that naturally flow within us and around us. Format: Video with audio download Length: 5 mins
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Shari Friedrichsen
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COVID-19 Support / Inner Connection
Mantra as Cure for What Haunts Us
Fear, insecurity, and doubt are like persistent ghosts that haunt our mind and heart, holding us back and making us feel empty and unfulfilled. They can even lead to physical disease. Fortunately, says Pandit Tigunait, there is a cure—a mantra whose healing energy helps us look at ourselves, reclaim our mental and physical well-being, and live with a sense of purpose and fulfillment. Format: Video with audio download Length: 5 mins
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD

Wisdom

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Talks / Wisdom
Creating a Relationship Between Our Inner and Outer Teacher
In the final segment of The Inner Teacher series, Ishan Tigunait shares ways we can cultivate a relationship between the inner teacher—our divine essence—and our outer teachers. When we remember that all of us are guided by the same inner teacher, we can find the nurturance, inspiration, and guidance that keeps us moving forward on our path. Format: Video with audio download Length: 5 mins
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Ishan Tigunait
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Talks / Wisdom
Ishvara as the Inner Teacher
The experience of being fully embraced by the inner teacher—from all directions and in every respect—is so unique and profound that it can’t be fully described in words. In yoga, the name attributed to this higher reality—the Divine—is Ishvara. Drawing on source wisdom, Ishan Tigunait describes how Ishvara is the very essence of the inner teacher. Format: Video with audio download Length: 4 mins
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Ishan Tigunait
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Talks / Wisdom
Discovering Our Inner Teacher Through Grace
In the previous segments of this series, we explored how we discover the inner teacher through abhyasa (practice) and vairagya (non-attachment). Here, Ishan Tigunait shares how the self-effort we cultivate through practice and non-attachment allows us to receive the grace of the Divine. Learn the nuances of divine grace and explore its relationship with the ultimate goal of yoga—samadhi. Format: Video with audio download Length: 6 mins
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Ishan Tigunait
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Talks / Wisdom
Ishvara Pranidhana on Pilgrimage: Meet the Divine Within
Embarking on a pilgrimage presents an opportunity to know and experience ourselves on a deeper level. Ransom Hare explains how Ishvara pranidhana (trustful surrender to the Divine) becomes a catalyst for inner transformation on our journey. Learn how trustful surrender dissolves our small sense of self so that we can be fully embraced by the divine within. Format: Video with audio download Length: 7 mins
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Ransom Hare
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Talks / Wisdom
Anandamaya Kosha: Bliss Body
Joy, happiness, delight, bliss—according to the yogic kosha model, all of these desirable feelings emanate from our innermost sheath, the anandamaya kosha (bliss body). In this talk, Sandra Anderson describes the anandamaya kosha and shares how our yoga practice can allow us to experience our innate inner blissfulness and tap into our highest reverence for all of life. Format: Video with audio download Length: 9 mins
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Sandra Anderson
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Talks / Wisdom
Discovering Our Inner Teacher Through Vairagya
In part two of The Inner Teacher series, we learned that abhyasa (practice) is the first step to discovering the inner teacher—our boundless inner wisdom. Here, Ishan Tigunait explains how the practice of active vairagya (non-attachment) brings us closer to this goal. Follow along to expand your understanding of vairagya and its role in helping us know and experience the teacher within. Format: Video with audio download Length: 5 mins
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Ishan Tigunait
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Talks / Wisdom
Svadhyaya on Pilgrimage: Renew Your Perspective
A pilgrimage gives us a unique, supportive opportunity to observe the unhelpful tendencies that hold us back from experiencing freedom and fulfillment. In this talk, Ransom Hare shares how a systematic approach to svadhyaya (self-study) can optimize the fruits of our practice. Learn how the skillful practice of self-study uplifts and renews our perspective on our journey, and ultimately leads us toward greater clarity, inspiration, and joy. Format: Video with audio download Length: 3 mins
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Ransom Hare
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Talks / Wisdom
Discovering Our Inner Teacher Through Abhyasa
In Who is the Inner Teacher, we learned that the inner teacher is a unique reality that can be experienced when we turn our minds inward. In this talk, Ishan Tigunait teaches us that the first step to discovering our inner teacher is abhyasa (practice)—defined in the Yoga Sutra as “the ardent effort to cultivate an inward, peaceful flow of awareness.” Tune in to hear how our yoga practice awakens us to—and helps us develop a meaningful relationship with—the teacher within. Format: Video with audio download Length: 4 mins
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Ishan Tigunait
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Talks / Wisdom
Vijnanamaya Kosha: Wisdom Body
The vijnanamaya kosha, or wisdom body, corresponds to the executive functioning of the mind—our discrimination, intuition, and intelligence. Learn why working with this aspect of the mind is essential to any yoga practice, and discover how yogic tools allow us to improve its functioning so that we can move further inward to the center of our being—the core of consciousness itself. Format: Video with audio download Length: 7 mins
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Sandra Anderson

Yoga Practice

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Talks / Yoga Practice
The Power of the Pelvis
Like the root of a tree, the pelvis—the home of our physical and energetic root—helps us access strength, stability, and deep nourishment from within. In this talk, Judy Moulton shares yogic tools for consciously accessing these benefits in our yoga practice. Grab a block and tune in to explore profound yet straightforward ways you can begin to unlock the power of the pelvis. Format: Video with audio download Length: 8 mins
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Judy Moulton
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Talks / Yoga Practice
Vishoka Meditation Essentials: So’ham Pranayama
In the previous segments of this series, we learned how the first three foundational practices of Vishoka Meditation—crocodile pose, sandbag breathing, and nadi shodhana—deepen our connection to the breath and its subtler counterpart, prana (life force energy). In this talk, Shari Friedrichsen relates how the practice of so’ham (pronounced “so hum”) pranayama builds on this foundation and draws us further inward, where we can rest our mind in the experience of the subtle sound of the breath. Format: Video with audio download Length: 5 mins
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Shari Friedrichsen
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Vishoka Meditation Essentials: Nadi Shodhana
The energetic current of our right nostril (pingala) supports activity, while the current of our left nostril (ida) supports relaxation. To deepen our Vishoka Meditation practice, Shari Friedrichsen explains, we want to balance the flow of energy in both nostrils. Nadi shodhana (alternate nostril breathing) allows us to move toward this balance and serves as a profound preparation for the deeper stages of practice. Format: Video with audio download Length: 7 mins
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Shari Friedrichsen
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Vishoka Meditation Essentials: Sandbag Breathing
The practice of sandbag breathing is a profound tool for deepening our connection with the breath and restoring the natural rhythm of the diaphragm. Join Shari Friedrichsen to learn about the benefits of the practice and hear why sandbag breathing is an essential preparatory practice for Vishoka Meditation. Format: Video with audio download Length: 5 mins
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Shari Friedrichsen
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Talks / Yoga Practice
Vishoka Meditation Essentials: Crocodile
A simple yet profound posture, crocodile pose offers us a unique opportunity to turn our awareness away from the external world so that we can begin to shape the breath and move inward. Tune in as Shari Friedrichsen discusses the importance and benefits of crocodile pose—a foundational posture for the subtler practices of Vishoka Meditation. Format: Video with audio download Length: 7 mins
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Shari Friedrichsen
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Talks / Yoga Practice
Cultivating Stability and Comfort in Asana
Developing the qualities of sthira (stability) and sukha (comfort) in asana systematically leads us to an experience of effortlessness in our practice. How do we begin to cultivate these qualities—and what practical knowledge might help us reach our goal? Join Bill Ryan for this informative talk on the physiological components of stability and comfort, and learn about their direct application in asana. Format: Video with audio download Length: 18 mins
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Bill Ryan, PhD
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Talks / Yoga Practice
Finding Fulfillment & Freedom in Yoga
The two main goals of yoga are fulfillment and freedom. But what does this really mean, and how do we achieve these goals? Judy Moulton shares a simple yogic formula: when we skillfully combine conscious movement with yogic breathing, freedom and fulfillment naturally and effortlessly unfold. Discover the time-tested techniques that bring comfort in the body, stability to the mind, and an overall experience of well-being and peace. Format: Video with audio download Length: 6 mins
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Judy Moulton
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Breaking Down the Goals of Yoga
According to the Yoga Sutra, the twin goals of yoga practice are fulfillment and freedom. How can we connect to these two big concepts? Judy Moulton breaks them down into three subgoals that give us meaningful entry points into the path of yoga: healing, expansion, and spiritual unfoldment. Format: Video with audio download Length: 4 mins
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Judy Moulton
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Talks / Yoga Practice
Yogic Triangle: Formula for Understanding Yoga
The bigger picture of yoga is profound and complex, yet it can be understood through a simple formula or diagram: the yogic triangle. This diagram illustrates how practice, non-attachment, and all eight limbs of yoga support the goals of yoga—fulfillment and freedom. Learn how to apply this valuable tool for your own growth and upliftment. Format: Video with audio download Length: 4 mins
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Judy Moulton