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Our teachers, as well as our daily practice, serve to provide a "reminder" of what we already know in our hearts and souls to be true. The following writings reflect these reminders that we need practice and more practice, and a community that supports us in our path towards enlightenment.





Yoga Wisdom for Modern Relationships PDF Print E-mail
Written by Julie Rost   

young girl dandelionThere is a profound truth in Yoga philosophy that at first seems pessimistic, but once understood, brings freedom and the experience of unconditional love. The teaching is that all things we love, including relationships, will eventually bring us sorrow. For instance, we enjoy spending time with our friend, and then they say something that hurts our feelings. We appreciate our parent and then feel burdened by them. We feel respected by our partner and then feel they are not treating us well. We have fun with our child and then find ourselves bored or exhausted.

This back and forth nature is what Yoga philosophy calls "the noose of suffering." The good news is that Yoga offers us a path toward transforming this suffering into enlightenment through self awareness, understanding our mind, taking responsibility for our own thoughts, and realizing ancient spiritual wisdom.

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We are a complicated and beautiful organism! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Julie Rost   

With the launching of our new Yoga Therapy Training program, our yoga community is invigorated by the power of yoga; to bring balance, healing, and personal empowerment to all people, regardless of yoga experience, ability, health, or religion.

We are reminded and affirmed in our approach to Yoga as it aims to awaken the inner voice and wisdom within each student, and identify the major causes of stress that contribute to suffering.

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Yoga Heals in Many Ways PDF Print E-mail
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Yoga heals in many ways. Through poses and deep breathing, yoga heals our physical being by improving oxygen to our cells and circulation throughout our body. It brings strength and flexibility to our muscles and joints, and improves balance and coordination. Physical yoga improves nutrient assimilation, digestion and elimination, cleansing and detoxifying the body. Yoga's science of living encourages us to care for our bodies by eating pure foods and water and maintaining proper hygiene.

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Are you a good listener? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Julie Rost   

friendly_chatIn the beautiful bustle of summer, it can often be more challenging for the yoga student to find quiet time for their practice. In the spirit of Karma Yoga (the yoga of our actions) try the art and practice of Listening. You might discover it to be as profound and transformational as any other yoga practice, from deepening the breath, to balancing in a pose, to noticing glimpses of peace in meditation.

Truly listening means we don't have any agenda, that our attention is solely focused on the other, that we don't try to advise but simply listen in an attempt to understand. Maybe we say nothing at all...maybe we reflect back what we hear...maybe we ask what we can do to help. (A wise person once told me "to witness is enough".)

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