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Sadhana 2017

Sadhana means spiritual practice, or a dedication to an aim.  How do you connect to you? How do you practice yoga or union? Anything done regularly with devotion can be a Sadhana. (for more information click here)  You don’t have to be religious to have a sadhana, it’s about connecting with yourself. In yoga we

Raga and Devesha or Attachment and Aversion

“A feeling of aversion or attachment toward something is your clue that there’s work to be done.” –Ram Dass Raga and Devesha, or in english, attachment and aversion. As Humans we spend our whole lives cultivating likes and dislikes. It helps us to stay safe and healthy. It can help us identify who we are

Namo

“We must make a connection with ourselves and others through reverence” Manorama  This month we wanted to focus on Namo, a sanskrit word meaning I bow, homage, reverence or respect. We had the pleasure of taking our yoga teachers in training to see Manorama. She is a sanskrit teacher and a great inspiration to me.

Ānanda 2017

“….the bliss sheath, made up of pure joyous awareness.” -The Upanishads Ananda, or bliss in Sanskrit, is a part of our yoga practice. Last time I talked about it I covered the basic meaning (click here to read). This time around I wanted to mention the concept of the Anandamaya Kosha, the bliss or awareness

Seva 2016

Every year in December we focus on Seva or selfies service. (to see my other blogs about it click here) It has become our winter tradition at River Lotus Yoga. “The Simple Path, Silence is Prayer, Prayer is Faith, Faith is Love, Love is Service, The Fruit of Service is Peace” ― Mother Teresa The

Dharana

Dharana is the 6th limb of yoga. It means concentration, or focus. Dharana is a large piece of creating a deeper relationship with your yoga practice. Yoga can be described as a practice in cultivating awareness. The deeper your ability to focus, the more awareness you gain. We practice Dharana as a way to work

Ahimsa

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” ― Mother Teresa Ahimsa translates as  non-harming. This concept includes compassion, reverence, and love.   Lately I have been thinking about this concept a lot. We live in a world that is constantly pointing out our

Ganesh and New Beginnings

Ganesh, the elephant headed hindu deity, is often associated with new beginnings. With our studio moving to a new space, it seems appropriate to honor him. September 5th also happens to be Ganesh Chaturthi the day he is celebrated in India. He is the remover of obstacles in your spiritual path. He is said to

Santosha

“When at peace and content with oneself and others, Santosha, supreme joy is celebrated” -sutra 11.42 translated by Nischala Joy Devi “Content with an ordinary life you can show all people the way back to their own true nature”-Lao-tzu This month we will be focusing on Santosha. This is one of our Niyama’s and the

Remembering the Self

“Consciousness is elevated by Abyasa (devoted practice) and Vairagya (remembering the Self).” -Nischala Joy Devi This month we are once again focusing on Vairagya or Non-Attachemt. I have two other entries about this subject (click here to view #1) (click here to view #2). I feel like the essence of this concept is letting go.

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