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Mantras — for that sense of peace

You can develop your inner helpline with a mantra, devotion or a ritual. One pathway to this steadiness of mind is based on sound.

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Pranayama: The yoga of inner touch

Breathing is the link between body and mind in the yoga practice. The breath can lead the body toward wellness and the mind toward calmness. In truth, breathing is a foundational link between body and mind, period.

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Channelling life force through yoga

The body and mind function because of the presence of consciousness or life. In its absence, both cease to function. That power, which causes the mind, body, and senses to function is the prana or life force.

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The essence of prana

The mind is an experience — the experience of thoughts and emotions, which pass in rapid succession. But for the functioning of the mind, body and senses, we need energy or life force. This subtle life force that we cannot see with our eyes or other gross senses is...

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Sleep is a thought process

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What is hatha yoga?

Hatha yoga is popular in this day. We have hatha classes, hatha vinyasa or hatha flow classes in many yoga studios. What is hatha yoga?

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The four-step approach

Control over the quality and quantity of food we eat is critical for a successful yoga practice. Even more important, a balanced diet is necessary for the wellness of body and mind.

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Don’t let asanas challenge the body

Yoga is a way of bringing positive changes in our life. Positive change requires opposing past habits. But asanas can also become habits. If we practise asana like riding a bicycle, we lose a large part of its transformative potential.

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Beware of asana addiction

Since no two bodies area alike, no two bodies will look identical doing the same postures. Know the purpose of your practice before you begin each session. Examine how this purpose fits in with your larger goal of reintegration, and make the changes that will keep this immediate goal...

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Form should aid function in yoga

Despite people’s tendency to assign a general purpose to particular asanas, there is no standard intrinsic purpose for any asana. People hope that one posture will be the cure for a sore lower back; another, the remedy for constipation.

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