Posts by Sandra Anderson

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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
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Classes / Yoga
Exploring the Bandhas
The esoteric focus of hatha yoga is the cultivation and redirecting of prana (subtle life energy). The bandhas (energetic locks) are one of hatha yoga’s most essential tools for accessing prana, revitalizing the body, and empowering the mind. The advanced practices of pranayama and meditation arise from the effortless and subtle application of the bandhas. In this 6-part workshop, explore the context and practice of the three major bandhas: mula bandha (root lock), uddiyana bandha (abdominal lock), and jalandhara bandha (chin lock), and take your hatha yoga practice to the next level! Format: Multiple videos with audio download Length: 1 hr, 19 mins
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Sandra Anderson
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Meditations / Breath & Prana
Finding Ease in Breath & Body: A Guided Meditation
A systematic practice of meditation begins with cultivating a posture that is both physically and energetically supportive. Join Sandra Anderson for this brief guided meditation that will set you up to experience ease in the body and the breath. Use this short practice to infuse your day with an inner sense of effortlessness. Format: Audio streaming with audio download Length: 3 min
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Sandra Anderson
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Articles / Wisdom
Satsanga: The Company of the Wise
Satsanga (keeping company with the wise) can give us a direct experience of illumination and inspiration, allowing us to see beyond the darkness of our fear, frustrations, and small-minded concerns. See how satsanga acts as the antidote for forces that pull us away from our own inherent joy, and how to find satsanga in our modern-day lives.
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Sandra Anderson
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Talks / Wisdom
Manomaya Kosha: Mental Body
From the yogic perspective, we are multidimensional beings encompassed in five koshas (sheaths). In this talk, Sandra Anderson introduces us to the manomaya kosha, or mental body—the dimension of our being that corresponds to manas (the thinking mind) and allows us to perceive the world through the senses. Tune in to learn how yogic tools quiet and stabilize the mental body so that we can begin to know the subtlest layers of our being—and ultimately, discover our true essence. Format: Video with audio download Length: 12 mins
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Sandra Anderson
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Articles / Tantra
The Triune Body in Yoga Practice
According to the yoga tradition, a human being has three interpenetrating bodies—physical, subtle, and causal—each influencing the other. Every aspect of our yoga practice can shape and direct these three bodies to develop a foundation for powerful and lasting healing and awakening.
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Sandra Anderson
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Talks / Wisdom
Pranamaya Kosha: Energy Body
We are multidimensional beings, with consciousness at our core. Our pranamaya kosha (energy sheath) is the energetic force (prana) that rests between our body and mind, animating, supporting, and nurturing us and giving us life. Join Sandra Anderson to discover how yogic tools allow us to work with this pranic body by working with the breath, helping us expand our awareness of our mental and physical layers and improve our overall health and wellbeing. Format: Video with audio download Length: 10 mins
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Sandra Anderson
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Articles / Wisdom
Yogic Meal Blessing
Saying grace before meals helps us reconnect with both our inner being and the greater unseen world that nourishes and supports us. Sandra Anderson offers a variety of ways to express our appreciation, including a traditional verse from the Bhagavad Gita used by monks and yogis that allows us to calm our mind and settle it closer to the center of joy and gratitude.
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Sandra Anderson
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Talks / Wisdom
Annamaya Kosha: Food Body
In Introduction to the Panchamaya Kosha Model, we learned that the core of our being is encompassed by five sheaths called koshas. In this talk, Sandra Anderson describes the annamaya kosha, the physical or “food” body from the yogic perspective. Tune in and hear how our basic daily routines and activities (including asana, diet, and sleep) can help us align with our higher intelligence while living in harmony with the world. Format: Video with audio download Length: 10 mins
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Sandra Anderson
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Talks / Wisdom
Introduction to the Panchamaya Kosha Model
Explore the multi-dimensional, yogic view of what it means to be a human being. In this talk, Sandra Anderson introduces us to the panchamaya kosha model: the five sheaths, or coverings, that obscure our true essence—pure consciousness. Learn how skillfully applying your knowledge of each of the koshas becomes a powerful road map for moving inward—from gross to subtle to causal—and ultimately to the realization of your innermost core being. Format: Video with audio download Length: 10 mins
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Sandra Anderson
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Classes / Pranayama
Kapalabhati for Purification & Revitalization (All Levels)
The practice of kapalabhati is one of the most efficient and effective pranayamas (breathing exercises) for dispelling the inertia, congestion, and stagnation that tend to build up in the body and mind. In this short tutorial, Sandra Anderson walks us through the essentials of this traditional cleansing practice. With the resulting enlivening of prana (life energy), our innate desire to know ourselves at the deepest level begins to blossom. Format: .mp3 audio file with download Length: 3 mins
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Sandra Anderson
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Classes / Pranayama
Pranayama for Energizing the Whole Being (Level 2)
One of the most important aspects of yoga, pranayama helps us cultivate the calm yet highly energized mind essential to healing, creative thinking, and spiritual pursuit. Sandra Anderson guides us through three pranayama practices that purify the energy channels and invigorate the whole being: anuloma, viloma, and pratiloma. Learn each technique step-by-step and experience the remarkable benefits for yourself. Format: Video with audio download Length: 32 mins
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Sandra Anderson