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Mapping the Chakras*

With gratitude to our teachers, both ancient and contemporary, for mapping, visualizing, feeling and intuiting the seven chakras and their subtle nature It is thought that one of the first tools the yogis used to study their reality were the five elements— earth, water, fire, air and space— which they experienced/perceived through their five senses— smell, taste, sight, touch and sound. By observing their natural environment and how all things arose from and returned back to these elements, it was logical to conclude that their physical bodies were comprised of these elements and subject to the cycle of birth and death. After centuries of experimentation and various yogic practices– pranaya

The Ethical Guidelines of Yoga

Yoga offers us a system of ethical guidelines to help us become more objective and self-aware. These guidelines, offered by the sage Patanjali in The Yoga Sutras, take the form of the Yamas and Niyamas. Yama, the first of the eight limbs of yoga, teaches us to restrain certain human behavioral qualities that are inescapable parts of our lives. If not used wisely, these tendencies can create distress for us or others. The five Yamas are Ahimsa (non-harming), Satya (non-lying), Asteya (non-stealing), Brahmacharya (celibacy), and Aparigraha (non-grasping). The second limb of yoga is Niyama, conduct that needs no restraint or limitation placed on it. The five Niyamas are Saucha (purity), Santosh

Yoga for Mind-Body Detoxification

“As a temple or a church is kept clean each day, the inner body, the temple of the soul, should be bathed with a copious supply of blood through asanas and pranayama. They cleanse the body physically, psychologically and intellectually. The body, having its own intelligence, develops its potential to change its behavioral patterns.” – BKS Iyengar: commentary of Patanjali’s sutra 11.40 The miraculous process of asana (yoga postures) and pranayama (breath work) not only restore physical vitality and equilibrium, but provide the field for our ingrained responses to arise, become known, and dissolved. These patterns, which are rooted in the past, block us from healing and the contentment of int

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