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Talks / Sacred Texts
Dvandvas: Pairs of Opposites
Happy and sad, cold and hot, rich and poor—our world consists of dvandvas, or pairs of opposites. All too often, we spend our days chasing the pole of the pair that attracts us and running away from the pole that repels us. In the process, we lose our peace of mind! How can we gain freedom from the dvandva-driven scramble? Tune in as Rolf Sovik introduces the answer found in the Bhagavad Gita, an essential source text on yoga philosophy. Format: Video with audio download Length: 6 mins
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Rolf Sovik, PsyD
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Articles / Sacred Texts
The Path of Love and Devotion in the Gita
When we learn to cultivate love for the Divine, we find ourselves gradually lifted out of pain and sorrow. This is the path of bhakti yoga, love and devotion—a path that, ultimately, transforms human hearts. But how do we cultivate spiritual love? What can a mortal give the Divine, and what gift do we receive in return?
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Rolf Sovik, PsyD
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Talks / Sacred Texts
No Life Without Action: The Wheel of Karma
“No one, not even for a moment, ever lives without performing karma (action),” Krishna, the perfect yogi, tells Arjuna, his beloved student, in the Bhagavad Gita. Clearly, we must act. So how can we act well? Rolf Sovik explains that the first step of refining our actions is to understand them. Cultivate clarity and self-awareness—find out how your choices, their fruits, and the resulting attachments form a feedback loop called the wheel of karma. Format: Video with audio download Length: 7 mins
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Rolf Sovik, PsyD
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Meditations / Breath & Prana
Well-Being Meditation
A systematic practice of meditation is an opportunity for deep rest and nourishment. Leading us inward step-by-step, Rolf Sovik introduces techniques for releasing tension in our mind and body. Relax into a profound sense of well-being and awaken to the peace and joy already within you. Format: Audio streaming with audio download Length: 15 min
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Rolf Sovik, PsyD
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Articles / Sacred Texts
The Path of Karma Yoga in the Gita
Acting selflessly, without attachment to the outcome, ultimately frees us from the wheel of karma. “Action is yours, but not the fruits of action,” states Lord Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita. This is the path of karma yoga. Rolf Sovik explains how this path—one of four described in the Gita—helps us act with an inner sense of purpose, making life’s actions more meaningful and transformative.
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Rolf Sovik, PsyD
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Classes / Relaxation
The Complete Practice of Yoga Nidra
The authentic practice of yoga nidra is a powerful technique for relaxation and stress management, a highly evolved method of meditation, and a source of lasting inner peace. The word nidra means “sleep,” and thus the practice of yoga nidra, or yogic sleep, is frequently associated with the practice of relaxed states of consciousness. Join Rolf Sovik as he guides you through gentle movements and breath awareness, then allow yoga nidra to bring you into deeper realms of the subconscious and awaken a connection to the infinite. Format: Audio streaming with audio download Length: 1 hr 1 min
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Rolf Sovik, PsyD
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Articles / Yoga Practice
Sleeping on the Run
Sleep deprivation can have dire consequences. Whether we’re losing sleep due to a medical disorder or stress, exhaustion clouds our ability to be effective at work, affects the quality of our meditation, and can even put us at increased risk for car accidents. Yoga and ayurveda offer helpful suggestions for when and how to get the best sleep, Rolf Sovik explains, and the practice of yoga nidra provides a healthier solution for the days when we haven’t been able to get a full night’s rest. Learn the secrets of this 10-minute path to profound rest, and find out why “sleeping on the run” is better than coffee!
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Rolf Sovik, PsyD
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Meditations / Mantra
Meditation Using the So’ham Mantra
A mantra provides a focal point and a resting place in meditation. The universal mantra so’ham (pronounced “so-hum”), meaning “I am That which I am,” can be used by every meditator and leads to clarity, peace, and self-realization. In this guided meditation led by Rolf Sovik, use breath and mantra awareness to awaken your inner observer—wise, pure, and free—and emerge with a renewed sense of lasting joy and a true self within. Format: Audio streaming with audio download Length: 13 mins
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Rolf Sovik, PsyD
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Articles / Sacred Texts
The Gita on the Three Forces of Nature
Like the warrior-prince Arjuna in the Bhagavad Gita, we may yearn to withdraw from action when life gets difficult. But as the Gita clearly states, we are compelled to perform actions by the three forces of nature. What are these forces? How do they influence us? And how can understanding them help us fashion a smoother ride for ourselves on the wheel of karma?
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Rolf Sovik, PsyD
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Classes / Relaxation
61 Points Relaxation Exercise
The 61 points relaxation exercise, known as shava yatra, is a master practice of the Himalayan Tradition. This systematic relaxation technique brings profound levels of rest to the body and mind. It helps us cultivate inner awareness and sense withdrawal (pratyahara) from the outer distracting world around us. By traveling mentally to 61 different internal points that correspond with energy-rich areas of the body (marma points) we awaken and stabilize the body and mind for a deeper state of inner consciousness. Rolf Sovik guides us through this healing practice for deep relaxation and renewed vitality. Format: Audio streaming with audio download Length: 14 mins
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Rolf Sovik, PsyD
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Classes / Relaxation
Point-to-Point Breathing
Point-to-point breathing helps you establish a relaxed, one-pointed concentration that deepens your yoga practice. As your mind and breath travel together from one point in the body to another, and then beyond the body toward infinity, the points create a sense of deep connection between the mind and the body and between the finite and the infinite. You, the finite, rest in the infinite. Enjoy this guided practice. Format: Audio streaming with audio download Length: 9 mins
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Rolf Sovik, PsyD
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Articles / Sacred Texts
The Gita Unfolds: Wheel of Karma
The wheel of karma propels us through life, as our actions lead to results that motivate us to perform new actions. But what happens when our karma feels overwhelming? Like Arjuna in the Bhagavad Gita, we may be tempted to run away from what is ours to do. What we need is a spiritual strategy to help us let go of our struggle, and as Rolf Sovik explains, that strategy is the essence of the Gita.
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Rolf Sovik, PsyD