Posts Tagged ‘yoga’

Kirtan – Dynamic Chanting

Kirtan takes you into the dynamic musical experience in the Bhakti tradition. Expert singers and musicians trade off leading the Maha Mantra chant and the audience sings, claps hands and occasionally rises to dance. Expect both meditative and exuberant chanting! In the Bhakti tradition the practice of mantra kirtan is celebrated as the dharma (spiritual…

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Classical Yoga: A 4-Part Solution

These days just about anything is marketed as “yoga”. You may have heard of “goat yoga”, doing yoga postures with an animal walking on your back. Perhaps you like to drink alcohol. Quench your thirst with some “beer yoga”. Do you like intense physical exercise that really works up a sweat? “Hot yoga” will help…

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Owning Your Dosha: Implications, Effects and Opportunities of Each Body Constitution

“He who knows others is wise; he who knows himself is enlightened.” —Lao Tzu “What’s your dosha?” If you don’t already know the answer to that increasingly mainstream question, visit this website to take a dosha quiz and determine your body type. Thanks to famous Ayurvedically influenced health gurus like Deepak Chopra, Dr. Vasant Lad and Dr. John…

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Get Your Mind Right: Using Meditation in the Classroom

Taft High School student Laura K. used classroom meditation techniques as preparation for testing. “The relaxation meditation made a big difference because it calmed me down,” she said. “It gave me enough patience to read the passage and answer the questions carefully.” With the current educational focus so heavy on data, assessment and accountability, students…

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Yoga & Self-Acceptance

In Pema Chodron’s book “When Things Fall Apart,” she writes, “It is said that we can’t attain enlightenment, let alone feel contentment and joy, without seeing who we are and what we do, without seeing our patterns and our habits. This is called maitri—developing loving-kindness and an unconditional friendship with ourselves.” Last fall, my teacher…

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