Where are you taking refuge?

As well as being a yoga teacher, I also have another job, helping families in difficult situations. So, I have a chance to meet daily with people who are in a struggle with their health or who are overwhelmed with a new family situation.

It gives me a small insight into how different people deal with new and unwelcome situations.

The main difference that I see is between people who have a place where they can go for refuge and people who don’t.

Tantra- Not What You Were Thinking

Today, I’d like to bust a misconception about a practice that you may have heard of, and that is Tantra.

First of all, Tantra actually has little to do with anything sexual. Instead, tantra is simply a different way to view one’s spiritual path.

Traditionally, when we talk about the spiritual path we talk about practicing, practicing, practicing, and developing your mind. And eventually you reach a goal, be it enlightenment or liberation from suffering, or whatever your goal is in your practice.

The Two Most Important Things You should Know about Pranayama

First, What is Pranayama?
It is the practice of controlling the breath through different breathing exercises.
By controlling your breathing, you affect the energy of your body and your mind.

When it comes to Pranayama, I see a lot of students who feel like they have to perfect this.
Pranayama is an excellent practice, but don’t force it on yourself. Your body changes every day, and throughout each day. Be aware of how your body is feeling, and while it’s good to push yourself a bit, don’t force yourself.

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Why Do We Practice Asanas?

Everybody has their own reasons why they choose to practice yoga.

For some, it’s a way to improve their fitness and strength. Or perhaps you are practicing yoga as a way to relax.

My own reasons for practicing yoga are a bit different, and might give you insight as to the deeper benefits of practicing asanas.