YOGIC LIFESTYLE Archives - Aura Wellness Center


Low Cost Yoga Teacher Training Online

Low cost Yoga is a reality. Some neighborhoods have Yoga groups that meet informally and charge no fees. If there is no local get-together, starting one is free and easy. All it takes are a few interested people and a place to meet. Often members host in their homes, and these gatherings become social gatherings.

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Finding Your Place In Yoga

The great thing about yoga is that is what I’ve gained from it (among other gifts), but it might have very well granted something different to each of you readers. Yoga can help us build upon our strengths, and develop areas that aren’t as strong for us, because it is malleable enough to be a different practice for each person. That is why there is a different place for each of us, in our yoga practice/instruction and otherwise. Yoga can also help us to find that place and stay there.

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Teaching Yin Yoga Classes

After practicing and teaching karate and tai chi for many years, I was drawn to yoga in my quest for a spiritual connection. First it was from books, then from videos and finally I started visiting local yoga studios in search of a teacher. In the beginning of my practice I was concentrating on the physical practice, and was not sure where I was going with it. I just loved the feeling of stretching and twisting my body into various postures. Soon I was addicted to the quest for perfect postures. At that point I found my teacher Alan Finger and my emphasis began to change. I realized that the physical practice was primarily meant for developing the strength of mind and body necessary to sit in meditation for at least 20 minutes and that the side effects of the physical practice like discipline, flexibility calmness and strength were secondary.

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Clarifying Your Sankalpa: Kapalabhati Pranayama

You make a wish to work up to 30 rounds at a time by doing several sets of 10 breaths, and then resting for a moment or two between sets. As you practice Kapalabhati Pranayama, imagine that you are invigorating your brain with fresh oxygen and clearing away all limiting thoughts and negative beliefs, in order to make room for uplifting thoughts that will support you in implementing your sankalpa.

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Practical Application of Mantra Practice

When you practice mantra meditation you are centering your core being. You are learning to calm your mind, focus your inner energy and put yourself at peace mentally and spiritually. With mediation practice you can become calmer, more focused and less stressed at everyday activities. It is important for everyone to know how to slow their bodies down and reconnect with their inner self on a regular basis. You will feel rejuvenated and more centered after mediation with mantras and will be able to go through your day more effectively and balanced.

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What is a Sankalpa?

One way to clearly define a chosen goal or sankalpa for the year to come is to contemplate the result of following through on the sankalpa you have chosen. For example, if you have decided that learning Sanskrit will help your own spiritual growth, and learning the language will also help you to offer deeper spiritual wisdom to your Yoga students, implementing this sankalpa may indeed help you to more fully offer your own unique skills and talents to the world around you.

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The Concept of Yoga

Yoga changes lives by goal setting and the energy that teachers bring into classes. Those who choose to follow the yogic path are quite often interested in fulfilling their greatest potential. Setting goals (sankalpa) is an effective tool to achieving your best self.

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