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Classes / Pose Tutorial
Resistance Routine for Strengthening
Learn how to build strength and endurance with simple resistance exercises. In this tutorial, Dr. Theresa Oswald demonstrates how we can use resistance bands and body weight to safely and conveniently give a workout to the muscles of our upper and lower extremities. Experience the immediate boost in mental energy and resilience, as well as the physical strength and balance that comes with regular practice. Format: Video with audio download Length: 12 mins
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Theresa Oswald, MD
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Lectures / Sacred Texts
Practice of the Yoga Sutra Book Club, Part 7: Discovering the Essence of Asana through Pranic Awareness
In recent years, asana has gained popularity as a tool for cultivating strength and flexibility. Yet its full potential and meaning extends far beyond its physical benefits. In the seventh session (sutras 2:46–2:48) of the Practice of the Yoga Sutra Book Club, Ishan Tigunait explores asana as a fundamental step toward the bigger goal of yoga—cultivating a peaceful flow of inward awareness. Find out how asana practice is a gateway to a deeper connection to prana (life force), and how pranic awareness then becomes a gateway to a joyful, stable journey inward. To prepare for the next session, please read sutras 2:49–2:55 in Pandit Tigunait’s The Practice of the Yoga Sutra: Sadhana Pada. As you study, don’t forget to submit your questions to bookclub@yearlongmeditation.org. Ishan will be answering as many of them as possible in our capstone session. Format: .mp3 audio file with download Length: 1 hr 1 mins
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Ishan Tigunait
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Articles / Tantra
Praising the Devi: Inviting Divine Grace
Reciting or singing praises to the Divine Mother, such as the Sri Sukta or Durga Saptashati, has the power to fill our life with greater richness, grace, and a feeling of being blessed. Shari Friedrichsen tells how her regular recitation of these mantric verses has brightened and nourished her life.
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Shari Friedrichsen
9
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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Classes / Yoga
Agni Sara: Next Steps & Advanced Techniques (Level 2)
Ready to take your agni sara practice to the next level? Detoxifying the internal organs, toning the nervous system, boosting immunity—agni sara is a yogic technique that optimizes the functioning of our mind and body. Building on his introductory workshop, Luke Ketterhagen shares advanced practices that expand our engagement of the abdomen, respiratory diaphragm, and pranic flow during agni sara. Follow along as he breaks down uddiyana bandha (navel lock) into simple steps, demonstrates abdominal churning with nauli kriya, and shares an original method of channeling the inner fire, called “lifting the world.” Experience how strengthening and refining your agni sara routine unlocks new levels of vitality and inner radiance. Format: Multiple videos with audio download Length: 46 mins
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Luke Ketterhagen
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COVID-19 Support / Spiritual Community
The Power of Spiritual Community
Life is a journey to find the fulfillment our soul has been eternally seeking. As we progress on our path, we discover numerous sources of spiritual nourishment, yet often feel there is a deeper hunger that remains unsatisfied. The yoga tradition clearly tells us that spiritual community (sangha) can fulfill this longing. In this livestream we will explore the role of inner connection, satsanga, service, and wisdom in creating spiritual community, and how this can nourish and protect us on deeper levels. Learn the art of using your personal practice to awaken a living experience of spiritual community, regardless of whether you are physically close to other seekers or able to practice together and share wisdom. We will conclude with a guided practice of shvasa-prashvasa pravahi pranayama. This unique preparatory practice for Vishoka Meditation brings a potent experience—the awareness of underlying pranic energy—that is the shared essence of spiritual community. Tune in on Sunday, June 28, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. EDT to discover what it means to undertake the soul’s journey toward lasting fulfillment—together.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Articles / Wisdom
Befriending Your Mind
Do you berate your mind for its roaming tendencies during meditation? Pandit Tigunait explains how we need to befriend our mind, not fight against it. By understanding how the four faculties of the mind work, we can learn to coordinate our thoughts, speech, and action in a harmonious way, so that we can establish a fruitful, productive meditation practice.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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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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Lectures / Tantra
Timeless Secrets of Tantra & Yoga (Part 2)
“Just as there are millions of suns in the galaxy, there are millions of stars and suns within us,” said Swami Rama. How can we experience the highest life has to offer? The ancient systems of yoga and tantra give us tools that lead us to the pinnacle of human existence. In this never-before-released video lecture from 1987’s classic Path of Fire & Light seminar, Swami Rama shares timeless secrets of these two ancient systems. Learn how to use the tools of meditation, contemplation, and awakening the chakras so we can tap into the hidden reservoirs of power and wisdom within us—the unconscious mind and the latent energy known as kundalini shakti. In this journey within, we transform habit patterns that no longer serve us. We also expand and refine the capacity of our body, mind, senses, and breath so we can know ourselves on every level. Watch this video, and learn secrets of the sages that will infuse your practice—and life—with profound meaning!
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Swami Rama
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Articles / Holistic Health
Tips for Improving Your Balance
As we age, balance training can help us prevent injuries and reduce the risk of falling. Learn how a variety of exercises—from standing on one leg while brushing your teeth to yoga balance poses, tai chi, and strengthening exercises—can help you improve your balance safely.
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Theresa Oswald, MD
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Lectures / Sacred Texts
Practice of the Yoga Sutra Book Club, Part 6: Yamas, Niyamas, and their Siddhis
The yamas (restraints) and niyamas (observances) are a highly active, transformative set of practices that unveils the extraordinary wisdom, joy, and power lying at the core of our being. In the sixth session (sutras 2:35–2:45) of the Practice of the Yoga Sutra Book Club, Ishan Tigunait explores the siddhis (yogic accomplishments) that are unlocked through sincere and consistent practice of the yamas and niyamas. From bodily perfection to unsurpassed happiness, discover the extraordinary fruits of disciplining your thought, speech, and action. To prepare for the next session, please read sutras 2:46–2:48 in Pandit Tigunait’s The Practice of the Yoga Sutra: Sadhana Pada. As you study, don’t forget to submit your questions to bookclub@yearlongmeditation.org. Ishan will be answering as many of them as possible in our capstone session. Format: .mp3 audio file with download Length: 1 hr 9 mins
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Ishan Tigunait
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Classes / Pose Tutorial
Core Stabilization Practice
When our core is strong, it protects the spine, supports movement, and even empowers our will. In this tutorial, Dr. Theresa Oswald introduces various exercises that target the various muscles of the lower abdomen and back. Learn how to strengthen and stabilize this important area with simple movements that you can do right in your living room. Format: Video with audio download Length: 14 mins
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Theresa Oswald, MD

COVID-19 Support

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COVID-19 Support / Spiritual Community
The Power of Spiritual Community
Life is a journey to find the fulfillment our soul has been eternally seeking. As we progress on our path, we discover numerous sources of spiritual nourishment, yet often feel there is a deeper hunger that remains unsatisfied. The yoga tradition clearly tells us that spiritual community (sangha) can fulfill this longing. In this livestream we will explore the role of inner connection, satsanga, service, and wisdom in creating spiritual community, and how this can nourish and protect us on deeper levels. Learn the art of using your personal practice to awaken a living experience of spiritual community, regardless of whether you are physically close to other seekers or able to practice together and share wisdom. We will conclude with a guided practice of shvasa-prashvasa pravahi pranayama. This unique preparatory practice for Vishoka Meditation brings a potent experience—the awareness of underlying pranic energy—that is the shared essence of spiritual community. Tune in on Sunday, June 28, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. EDT to discover what it means to undertake the soul’s journey toward lasting fulfillment—together.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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COVID-19 Support / Inner Connection
Tantric Techniques for Unleashing Pranic Elixir
We are in the midst of an unprecedented storm of fear and grief. It is time that we override this storm and attain freedom from worry, anger, anxiety, helplessness, uncertainty, political bickering, and self-righteousness. It is time to discover our pranic elixir, nourish our body and mind, and extend that elixir to nourish the larger world we are a part of. Ancient masters have given us the tools. In this livestream, Pandit Tigunait shares with you what these tools are and how to use them wisely and constructively. Tune in to learn the tantric techniques for recovering and upholding our collective and individual well-being.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Articles / Wisdom
Unconditional Gratitude: Finding Our Way in an Era of Fear
How do we retain our feeling of gratitude in the midst of a pandemic? How do we keep our gratitude and sense of interconnectedness from being swallowed up by fear, anger, selfishness, and isolation? Shiva Tigunait shares a Vedic mantra to remind us that we are guided and protected on every level by the divine forces, a mantra that calms our mind and fills us with hope.
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Shiva Tigunait, PhD
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COVID-19 Support / Spiritual Community
Buddha & Patanjali’s Solution to a Pandemic
Drawing upon the time-tested wisdom of the Yoga Sutra and the Lotus Sutra, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait offers a yogic solution to the COVID-19 pandemic, which began as a health crisis and has grown into a humanitarian and economic crisis. This livestream offers us an opportunity to see this pandemic through the eyes of Buddha and Patanjali. Find out how their wisdom can help us to discover and utilize the spiritual resources inherent in all of us to overcome this crisis. Join us to find inspiration and support from the perennial wisdom of ancient masters.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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COVID-19 Support / Spiritual Community
Living Without Fear in the Era of COVID-19: Unleashing the Power of Healing and Service
COVID-19 is here. All of us have valid reasons to be concerned about the virus and its ramifications on many levels—health and well-being, social, and economic. The ethical and spiritual implications of this pandemic are beyond anyone’s comprehension. And yet, yoga gives us tools that will help us on every level. Now is the time to turn to the 5,000-year-old tradition of yogic wisdom and to put that wisdom into practice. By tapping into the pool of our inner healing force, we can eliminate fear and mobilize the time-honored power of service. Join Pandit Rajmani Tigunait for this timely livestream, and become a force of global healing and positive change in these troubled times.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Articles / Meditation
The Real Meaning of Meditation
What is meditation? How does it work? Can meditation help us achieve genuine peace and happiness in today’s hectic, often chaotic world? Swami Rama explains the various aspects of meditation: how to turn inward, how to cultivate stillness, how to pay attention, and how to tell that we are making progress.
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Swami Rama
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Articles / Yoga Practice
Pranayama and the Autonomic Nervous System
Can we consciously change our heart rate and other automatic, or involuntary, functions of our body? Swami Rama explains how pranayama—controlling the breath—enables us to bring all the processes regulated by our autonomic nervous system under our voluntary control.
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Swami Rama
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Articles / Wisdom
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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Classes / Meditation
Foundations of Meditation
When our body is comfortable and stable, our mind can flow peacefully inward toward a deep state of meditation. In this workshop, Luke Ketterhagen shares ways that we can refine our posture and breath to increase the length and quality of our meditative practice. Move through an exploration of sitting styles, a sequence of supportive asanas, and techniques of yogic breathing.Then tie it all together with a guided meditation, and experience the difference. Format: Multiple videos with audio download Length: 1 hr 8 mins
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Luke Ketterhagen

Meditations

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Meditations / Breath & Prana
Heart Meditation
The heart is the home of our inner guide. Join Shari Friedrichsen in connecting with this sacred space. Learn how to work with breath and prana to illuminate and enter the subtle realm of your heart. Format: Audio streaming with audio download Length: 14 min
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Shari Friedrichsen
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Meditations / Breath & Prana
Head-Clearing Meditation
From the brain to our eyes, ears, nose, and mouth, our head is home to some of our most important organs. On a subtler level, it houses our thoughts, including our worries and negative memories. Shari Friedrichsen offers a guided meditation to soothe and clear the head. Take a moment to nourish, cleanse, and thank your center of perception, discrimination, and intelligence. Format: Audio streaming with audio download Length: 6 min
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Shari Friedrichsen
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Meditations / Mantra
Universal Mantra Meditation
Mantra is a sacred sound that leads us to pure, silent awareness. The universal mantra so’ham can be practiced freely by anyone—it’s the subtle sound of our own breath. In this guided meditation, Bill Ryan helps us rest our mind in the sound so’ham flowing with the breath. Let the flow of sound carry you to an inner space of peaceful stillness. Format: Audio streaming with audio download Length: 12 min
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Bill Ryan, PhD
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Meditations / Breath & Prana
Seated Breath Awareness
As a vehicle of vital energy, our breath is our chariot on the road inward. In this tutorial, Greg Capitolo guides us through a breath awareness practice that serves as the foundation of meditation. Cleanse with every exhale, nourish with every inhale, flowing toward the most expansive, subtle dimension of your being. Format: Video with audio download Length: 13 mins
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Greg Capitolo
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COVID-19 Support / Emotional and Mental Resilience
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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Meditations / Mantra
5-Step Meditation
We may know that meditation involves various elements—such as breath and mantra—but not exactly how to coordinate them. In this guided meditation, Shari Friedrichsen weaves the strands together into a clear, concise process to purify and restore our inner world. Find a comfortable seat and reclaim your intrinsic luminosity. Format: .mp3 audio file with download Length: 15 mins
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Shari Friedrichsen
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COVID-19 Support / Inner Connection
Breath & Body Awareness Meditation
In meditation, we collect our energy and attention from the external world into the center of our being. Sandra Anderson leads a brief, guided practice on this journey inward with elements of posture, breath, subtle centers, and body awareness. Close your eyes and connect with the fountain of nourishment within. Format: Audio streaming with audio download Length: 6 min
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Sandra Anderson
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Meditations / Breath & Prana
Breath-Focused Meditation
Maintaining awareness on the effortless flow of breath allows the mind to be more present with the experience of the body. Sandra Anderson leads a meditation practice designed to help you follow the breath as it enters and leaves the body, naturally drawing your attention inward and bringing a sense of inner sanctuary to your entire being. Format: Audio streaming with audio download Length: 11 min
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Sandra Anderson
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Meditations / Mantra
Guided Meditation Using a Personal Mantra
A personal mantra—a mantra uniquely attuned to our individual nature and needs, received from a qualified teacher—unlocks a rich, lifelong meditation practice. But how do we make best use of this mantra, and where does it fit into our practice? For students who already have a personal mantra, Bill Ryan guides a complete meditation session, beginning with a relaxation and culminating in a focus on the mantra. Find a comfortable seat and allow pure consciousness to reveal itself. Format: Audio streaming with audio download Length: 10 min
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Bill Ryan, PhD

Classes

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Classes / Pose Tutorial
Resistance Routine for Strengthening
Learn how to build strength and endurance with simple resistance exercises. In this tutorial, Dr. Theresa Oswald demonstrates how we can use resistance bands and body weight to safely and conveniently give a workout to the muscles of our upper and lower extremities. Experience the immediate boost in mental energy and resilience, as well as the physical strength and balance that comes with regular practice. Format: Video with audio download Length: 12 mins
Theresa Oswald, MD headshot
Theresa Oswald, MD
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Classes / Yoga
Agni Sara: Next Steps & Advanced Techniques (Level 2)
Ready to take your agni sara practice to the next level? Detoxifying the internal organs, toning the nervous system, boosting immunity—agni sara is a yogic technique that optimizes the functioning of our mind and body. Building on his introductory workshop, Luke Ketterhagen shares advanced practices that expand our engagement of the abdomen, respiratory diaphragm, and pranic flow during agni sara. Follow along as he breaks down uddiyana bandha (navel lock) into simple steps, demonstrates abdominal churning with nauli kriya, and shares an original method of channeling the inner fire, called “lifting the world.” Experience how strengthening and refining your agni sara routine unlocks new levels of vitality and inner radiance. Format: Multiple videos with audio download Length: 46 mins
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Luke Ketterhagen
14
Classes / Pose Tutorial
Core Stabilization Practice
When our core is strong, it protects the spine, supports movement, and even empowers our will. In this tutorial, Dr. Theresa Oswald introduces various exercises that target the various muscles of the lower abdomen and back. Learn how to strengthen and stabilize this important area with simple movements that you can do right in your living room. Format: Video with audio download Length: 14 mins
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Theresa Oswald, MD
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Classes / Yoga
Hip Strength & Flexibility (All Levels)
Healthy hips support ease and comfort in the whole body. Join Luke Ketterhagen in a sequence designed to stabilize and free up range of motion in your hips. Enjoy increased strength and flexibility in your body, and experience the difference in your energy, mood, and perspective. Format: Video with audio download Length: 57 mins
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Luke Ketterhagen
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Classes / Pose Tutorial
The Desk Set: Exercises for the Office
Take a break from sitting still and move! In this short tutorial, Dr. Theresa Oswald shares an aerobic strengthening routine that we can do right at our desk. Wake up your body and boost your energy with this compact, well-rounded “exercise snack.” Format: Video with audio download Length: 7 mins
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Theresa Oswald, MD
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Classes / Relaxation
Short Centering Practice
When we are centered, we can carry out our many activities with grace and skill. Join Rolf Sovik in a mini guided relaxation that will help you find center in your body and breath. Take a moment to rest and recharge, and make even your busiest days more balanced and harmonious. Format: .mp3 audio file with download Length: 4 mins
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Rolf Sovik, PsyD
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Classes / Pose Tutorial
Open Up with Moving Dolphin
Many of us spend our days hunched over a desk. In this tutorial, Sandra Anderson shares a short yet powerful practice that counters our tendency to cave forward and inward. Join her in stabilizing, strengthening, and opening the shoulders, neck, and thoracic spine. Format: Video with audio download Length: 6 mins
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Sandra Anderson
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Classes / Yoga
Moving with Inner Awareness (All Levels)
Regardless of your physical capacity, tuning into your inner experience during movement can take your yoga practice to the next level. In this well-rounded class, Bill Ryan leads us through opening and strengthening sequences, with guidance on observing the breath and the body. Complete with a systematic relaxation and a guided meditation, this session is an opportunity to build and channel inner awareness. Format: Video with audio download Length: 1 hr 12 mins
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Bill Ryan, PhD
7
Classes / Pose Tutorial
Agni Sara 101
The navel center is the home of the fire element and its power of transformation. In this short tutorial, Greg Capitolo guides us through agni sara, the master practice that unlocks and enlivens this important energy hub. Include agni sara in your home practice to awaken your inner radiance and dynamism. Format: Video with audio download Length: 7 mins
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Greg Capitolo

Lectures

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Lectures / Sacred Texts
Practice of the Yoga Sutra Book Club, Part 7: Discovering the Essence of Asana through Pranic Awareness
In recent years, asana has gained popularity as a tool for cultivating strength and flexibility. Yet its full potential and meaning extends far beyond its physical benefits. In the seventh session (sutras 2:46–2:48) of the Practice of the Yoga Sutra Book Club, Ishan Tigunait explores asana as a fundamental step toward the bigger goal of yoga—cultivating a peaceful flow of inward awareness. Find out how asana practice is a gateway to a deeper connection to prana (life force), and how pranic awareness then becomes a gateway to a joyful, stable journey inward. To prepare for the next session, please read sutras 2:49–2:55 in Pandit Tigunait’s The Practice of the Yoga Sutra: Sadhana Pada. As you study, don’t forget to submit your questions to bookclub@yearlongmeditation.org. Ishan will be answering as many of them as possible in our capstone session. Format: .mp3 audio file with download Length: 1 hr 1 mins
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Ishan Tigunait
0
COVID-19 Support / Spiritual Community
The Power of Spiritual Community
Life is a journey to find the fulfillment our soul has been eternally seeking. As we progress on our path, we discover numerous sources of spiritual nourishment, yet often feel there is a deeper hunger that remains unsatisfied. The yoga tradition clearly tells us that spiritual community (sangha) can fulfill this longing. In this livestream we will explore the role of inner connection, satsanga, service, and wisdom in creating spiritual community, and how this can nourish and protect us on deeper levels. Learn the art of using your personal practice to awaken a living experience of spiritual community, regardless of whether you are physically close to other seekers or able to practice together and share wisdom. We will conclude with a guided practice of shvasa-prashvasa pravahi pranayama. This unique preparatory practice for Vishoka Meditation brings a potent experience—the awareness of underlying pranic energy—that is the shared essence of spiritual community. Tune in on Sunday, June 28, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. EDT to discover what it means to undertake the soul’s journey toward lasting fulfillment—together.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
56
Lectures / Tantra
Timeless Secrets of Tantra & Yoga (Part 2)
“Just as there are millions of suns in the galaxy, there are millions of stars and suns within us,” said Swami Rama. How can we experience the highest life has to offer? The ancient systems of yoga and tantra give us tools that lead us to the pinnacle of human existence. In this never-before-released video lecture from 1987’s classic Path of Fire & Light seminar, Swami Rama shares timeless secrets of these two ancient systems. Learn how to use the tools of meditation, contemplation, and awakening the chakras so we can tap into the hidden reservoirs of power and wisdom within us—the unconscious mind and the latent energy known as kundalini shakti. In this journey within, we transform habit patterns that no longer serve us. We also expand and refine the capacity of our body, mind, senses, and breath so we can know ourselves on every level. Watch this video, and learn secrets of the sages that will infuse your practice—and life—with profound meaning!
Swami Rama headshot
Swami Rama
69
Lectures / Sacred Texts
Practice of the Yoga Sutra Book Club, Part 6: Yamas, Niyamas, and their Siddhis
The yamas (restraints) and niyamas (observances) are a highly active, transformative set of practices that unveils the extraordinary wisdom, joy, and power lying at the core of our being. In the sixth session (sutras 2:35–2:45) of the Practice of the Yoga Sutra Book Club, Ishan Tigunait explores the siddhis (yogic accomplishments) that are unlocked through sincere and consistent practice of the yamas and niyamas. From bodily perfection to unsurpassed happiness, discover the extraordinary fruits of disciplining your thought, speech, and action. To prepare for the next session, please read sutras 2:46–2:48 in Pandit Tigunait’s The Practice of the Yoga Sutra: Sadhana Pada. As you study, don’t forget to submit your questions to bookclub@yearlongmeditation.org. Ishan will be answering as many of them as possible in our capstone session. Format: .mp3 audio file with download Length: 1 hr 9 mins
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Ishan Tigunait
73
Lectures / Wisdom
Maintaining Equanimity: Key to Success
When we invest our time and energy in an endeavor but meet with failure, we become angry and sad. When granted success, we become equally disturbed, but this time with happiness and pride. How can we gain freedom from the pendulum of inner chaos? Using verses 2:47 and 2:48 of the Bhagavad Gita as the focal point, Pandit Tigunait sheds light on the value of performing actions skillfully while surrendering the fruits. Discover how you can start this practice and cultivate unwavering peace and equanimity in your life. Format: .mp3 audio file with download Length: 1 hr 13 mins
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
65
COVID-19 Support / Inner Connection
Tantric Techniques for Unleashing Pranic Elixir
We are in the midst of an unprecedented storm of fear and grief. It is time that we override this storm and attain freedom from worry, anger, anxiety, helplessness, uncertainty, political bickering, and self-righteousness. It is time to discover our pranic elixir, nourish our body and mind, and extend that elixir to nourish the larger world we are a part of. Ancient masters have given us the tools. In this livestream, Pandit Tigunait shares with you what these tools are and how to use them wisely and constructively. Tune in to learn the tantric techniques for recovering and upholding our collective and individual well-being.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
64
Lectures / Sacred Texts
Practice of the Yoga Sutra Book Club, Part 5: Foundations for the Eight Limbs of Yoga
In the fifth session (sutras 2:28–2:34) of the Practice of the Yoga Sutra Book Club, Ishan Tigunait introduces the eight limbs of yoga—the concrete steps to cultivating a peaceful flow of awareness. He then delves into a detailed discussion of the first two limbs: the yamas (restraints) and the niyamas (observances). Begin your exploration of the living body of practice that purifies and illuminates your inner and outer worlds. To prepare for the next session, please read sutras 2:35–2:45 in Pandit Tigunait’s The Practice of the Yoga Sutra: Sadhana Pada. As you study, don’t forget to submit your questions to bookclub@yearlongmeditation.org. Ishan will be answering as many of them as possible in our capstone session. Format: .mp3 audio file with download Length: 1 hr 8 mins
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Ishan Tigunait
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COVID-19 Support / Spiritual Community
Buddha & Patanjali’s Solution to a Pandemic
Drawing upon the time-tested wisdom of the Yoga Sutra and the Lotus Sutra, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait offers a yogic solution to the COVID-19 pandemic, which began as a health crisis and has grown into a humanitarian and economic crisis. This livestream offers us an opportunity to see this pandemic through the eyes of Buddha and Patanjali. Find out how their wisdom can help us to discover and utilize the spiritual resources inherent in all of us to overcome this crisis. Join us to find inspiration and support from the perennial wisdom of ancient masters.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
67
Lectures / Wisdom
Bridging Spirituality & Worldliness
Does spirituality mean avoiding involvement in “worldly” affairs? In this introduction to the satsang series, Transforming Life into a Spiritual Quest, Pandit Tigunait shares facetious and illuminating stories on the absurdity that results from artificially separating the sacred and the mundane. Find out how you can unite the two instead—through the art of self-reflection and non-attachment. Format: .mp3 audio file with download Length: 1 hr 7 mins
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD

Talks

9
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 / Wisdom
Healing Power of Collective Consciousness
How can we heal, both as an individual and as a society? In this talk, Ishan Tigunait points us toward collective consciousness and the primordial force of compassion that flows from it. Learn how connecting with this higher consciousness and its power is a deeply empowering and transformative experience. Format: Video with audio download Length: 6 mins
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Ishan Tigunait
6
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
6
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
7
Talks / Yoga Practice
Rivers of Consciousness: Three Nadis in Yoga
The life force (prana) that animates and supports our bodies flows in a complex network of countless nadis (channels of energy in the subtle body). Join Sandra Anderson as she discusses the three major nadis: ida, pingala, and sushumna. Learn how their unique characteristics shape our lives and practice. Format: Video with audio download Length: 7 mins
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Sandra Anderson
5
Talks / Wisdom
Hiranyagarbha: Golden Egg of Collective Consciousness
Whereas modern science holds that consciousness evolves from matter, ancient wisdom teaches the reverse: a self-luminous field of consciousness gives rise to everything we see. Ishan Tigunait explores this concept of seed awareness, known as the hiranyagarbha (golden egg). Learn how every inch of the universe is an expression of its purpose and radiance. Format: Video with audio download Length: 5 mins
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Ishan Tigunait
5
Talks / Yoga Practice
Yoga & Stress
Everything in nature undergoes change—our lives are no exception. Yet we often struggle against the flow, regarding the unknown with fear and confusion. Sarah Guglielmi encourages us to see the wisdom and beauty in the cycles of transformation within and all around us, so that we can greet the next chapter with peace and openness. Format: Video with audio download Length: 5 mins
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Sarah Guglielmi
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Talks / Sacred Texts
Raga & Dvesha: Craving & Hating
If we do not choose otherwise, the twin forces of raga (attachment) and dvesha (aversion) run our life: we spend all our time and energy running after our likes and running away from our dislikes—yet we fail to find peace or happiness. Join Sandra Anderson to learn how you can rise above these two instinctive, habitual forces to cultivate greater equanimity and virtue. Format: Video with audio download Length: 8 mins
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Sandra Anderson

Articles

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Articles / Tantra
Praising the Devi: Inviting Divine Grace
Reciting or singing praises to the Divine Mother, such as the Sri Sukta or Durga Saptashati, has the power to fill our life with greater richness, grace, and a feeling of being blessed. Shari Friedrichsen tells how her regular recitation of these mantric verses has brightened and nourished her life.
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Shari Friedrichsen
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Articles / Wisdom
Befriending Your Mind
Do you berate your mind for its roaming tendencies during meditation? Pandit Tigunait explains how we need to befriend our mind, not fight against it. By understanding how the four faculties of the mind work, we can learn to coordinate our thoughts, speech, and action in a harmonious way, so that we can establish a fruitful, productive meditation practice.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Articles / Holistic Health
Tips for Improving Your Balance
As we age, balance training can help us prevent injuries and reduce the risk of falling. Learn how a variety of exercises—from standing on one leg while brushing your teeth to yoga balance poses, tai chi, and strengthening exercises—can help you improve your balance safely.
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Theresa Oswald, MD
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Articles / Yoga Practice
Controlling the Breath to Control the Mind
The mind is tightly fastened to prana like a kite to a string. When the string is held skillfully, the kite, which wants to fly here and there, is controlled and flies in the direction desired. Learn how pranayama, the science of breath, helps us hold the string skillfully to gain control of the mind, which stands between us and reality.
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Swami Rama
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Articles / Wisdom
The Niyamas: Keys to Spiritual Progress
Yoga’s five niyamas (observances) are the keys to progress on the spiritual path. Rolf Sovik explains how practicing the niyamas helps us cultivate greater health, contentment, and self-confidence, as well as greater understanding of ourselves and life’s higher purpose.
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Rolf Sovik, PsyD
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Articles / Wisdom
Yoga: Union with What?
Yoga means “union.” But what is being united? Body and soul, or body and consciousness? Pandit Tigunait explains why a more practical meaning of yoga is “mastering the dynamic forces of the mind,” and how we can begin by cultivating a mind that is peaceful and concentrated.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Articles / Yoga Practice
The Flow of Prana: Nadis, Chakras, and Kundalini
Yogis have mapped the flow of prana (life-giving energy) through a network of nadis (energy channels) and chakras (energy hubs) in the human body. Learn how understanding the most important nadis and skillfully directing the flow of prana opens the door to kundalini awakening and higher consciousness.
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Swami Rama
5
Articles / Wisdom
Unconditional Gratitude: Finding Our Way in an Era of Fear
How do we retain our feeling of gratitude in the midst of a pandemic? How do we keep our gratitude and sense of interconnectedness from being swallowed up by fear, anger, selfishness, and isolation? Shiva Tigunait shares a Vedic mantra to remind us that we are guided and protected on every level by the divine forces, a mantra that calms our mind and fills us with hope.
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Shiva Tigunait, PhD
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Articles / Yoga Practice
Panic Attacks: How Yoga Can Help
Do you suffer from panic attacks? Rolf Sovik explains how to recognize a panic disorder, how to explore its causes and resolve conflicts, and how to calm ourselves with the time-tested, stress-reducing tools taught in yoga: deep, relaxed diaphragmatic breathing and meditation.
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Rolf Sovik, PsyD

Courses

$449
Courses
Yoga Sutra Master Course
The four-part Yoga Sutra Master Course, taught online by Pandit Tigunait, uses the blueprint of sadhana defined in the Yoga Sutra to give the modern yogi all the tools needed to build a life of freedom and fulfillment. Each of the four segments includes approximately eight hours of content, accompanied by a downloadable guidebook and lecture notes.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
$299
Courses
The Mystery of Willpower and Trustful Surrender
The Tripura Rahasya is a dialogue between two great masters, Dattatreya and Parashurama. These two masters embody a vast range of human experience, and their dialogue answers such compelling questions as: Why do some of us succeed in life while others struggle in vain? Why do some of our intentions bear fruit and others remain barren? Why do some of us meet a teacher and receive guidance while others don’t? Why do some of us have a clear mind, sharp intellect, indomitable will, and unwavering conviction in Divine Providence, while others lack these essential tools?
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
$199
Courses
The Healing Art of Meditation
Learn how to face your problems calmly and how to give your health the appropriate amount of attention. Meditation and its companion practices constitute a healing art. They restore internal balance, remind us of our spiritual priorities, and offer a wide variety of techniques to help us regain our innate sense of hope and optimism. In this seminar, we will explore the fundamental concepts of sickness and health, and employ basic strategies that are meant to lead you back to the path of healing.
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Rolf Sovik, PsyD
$299
Courses
Saundaryalahari: Wave of Beauty
Saundaryalahari is one of the most profound tantric texts of the Himalayan Tradition. Despite the fact that this scripture has dozens of commentaries, the deep meaning of the mantras, and especially their application, requires direct interpretation and guidance from a teacher ordained in the tradition
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
$699
Courses
Living Tantra: Unlock the Power of Yoga, Ayurveda and Meditation
Living Tantra™ is designed to ensure that distance does not come between the student and the teacher. Why is Tantra so important in the 21st century? How can Tantra compliment the study and practice of Yoga, Ayurveda, and other forms of health and healing? Why are promises made by texts and teachers of all traditions not being fulfilled? Tantra has answers to these questions, and can provide the tools and means necessary to ensure these promises are fulfilled.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
$299
Courses
Milestones in our Spiritual Quest
In the course of our spiritual journey, it is helpful for each of us to pause from time to time and ask ourselves: Where do I stand in my personal quest? Am I satisfied with my progress? What is preventing me from overcoming my current limitations? The answers to these questions will serve as a guide to a meaningful and fulfilling future. The masters of the lineage have mapped out the entire path, established clear milestones, and offered techniques to help us reach our goal in a timely fashion. Some of these teachings and techniques are shared only after formal initiation.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
$79
Courses
Samkhya Philosophy
Yoga, tantra, and ayurveda are all rooted in Samkhya philosophy, and its concepts are essential in understanding the context for study and practice. In this mini-course, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait describes the major ideas of Samkhya, one of the six classical Indian schools of philosophy, and the oldest formulation of the ideas of even older revealed texts. Study questions and notes will help you assimilate the basics and expand your grasp and application of all aspects of Yoga, Ayurveda, and Tantra.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
$299
Courses
Awaken Kundalini Shakti
By making skillful use of that aspect of kundalini shakti which is already awake, we can further awaken our kundalini and heal negativity in the depths of our mind and heart. This course will expand your understanding and experience of prana shakti (the kundalini energy that is already awakened) and provide tools for concentrating and focusing it to further awaken kundalini shakti.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
$99
Courses
Meditation on the Chakras
Chakras, the centers of subtle energy along the spinal column, play a dynamic role in the practice of meditation. They govern regions of human anatomy, sectioning the body into distinct organ systems and anatomical functions. They embody themes of human spiritual development, ranging from primitive human drives to trustful surrender to God. They symbolize various forces of divinity, manifesting in mantric sounds and yantric geometrics. And they act as reference points in meditation practice—centers of concentration and purification. Cultivating sensitivity to these energy centers enables you to explore new dimensions of inner life.
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Rolf Sovik, PsyD