Why Be Part of a Yoga Community?

Yoga. Such a word evokes so many thoughts and impressions. Some people might think of Yoga pants, while others conjure up images of difficult poses, hot Yoga, a rolled out mat, or sitting in blissful meditation. Yoga can be many things to many people. Taking the concept of Yoga and simply applying it one way as a one size fits …

fall cleanup: the yogic way

Fall has arrived: the leaves are falling, the days are crisp, pumpkin-spiced everything abounds, and your yard becomes your calling. Many will become yard-warriors and thus begins the sore backs, arms, and other stresses on the body. There is, however, a more yogic approach you can take with your yard to prevent injury, fatigue, and to make it a meditation. …

yoga sutra 2:3

The afflictions are ignorance, egoism, attachment (liking), aversion (disliking), and the fear of death. Patanjali, responsible for the ancient work of The Yoga Sutras, highlights in verse 2:3 the afflictions that trip us up and cause us to struggle. So, let’s get down to those afflictions. Unpack your journal, grab a pen, and let’s get to work writing about each …

mokṣa

  Mokṣa, pronounced “moke-sha”, is the Sanskrit word which means liberation from ignorance: serious self-realization and self-knowledge. This is the goal of Yoga. Not the Yoga butt, not the most complicated asana (pose) or the fashionable pants. It means digging deep down, rising up like the sun, and laboring until the work is done. Poses, breathing, meditation, focusing, and not …

pranayama: what is it, why do it?

Shedding light on a Sanskrit word not only helps to make something less mysterious, but also possible as a daily practice. During all Yoga classes at Soul Spark Yoga, some technique of pranayama is practiced. Keep reading and learn a little more about this 4th limb of Yoga….it may encourage you to have a daily practice and feel energized. Pranayama: The Definition …

reasonable resolves for the new year

Sankalpa Sankalpa (Sanskrit: संकल्प) means conception or idea or notion formed in the heart or mind, solemn vow or determination to perform, desire, definite intention, volition or will. In practical terms, the word, Sankalpa, means the one-pointed resolve to do or achieve; and both psychologically and philosophically, it is the first practical step by which the sensitivity and potentiality of …

kirtan and you…

My First Kirtan I remember my first kirtan experience. I was at a Yoga teacher training in Tegallalang, Bali, Indonesia in August of 2013. This kirtan was planned as an evening event, meant to draw the local community together and to also give the teacher trainees an experiential look at bhakti Yoga.[i] As we sat on the floor of the Yoga …

yoga summer health tip

Ice Water: Not A Cool Idea As summer seems to have rolled in early this year with warm days, we might be inclined to grab a cold drink with ice. Or perhaps while waiting for food to arrive at a restaurant, we might sip on some ice water before eating. The next time you are inclined to sip on that …

yoga, on and off the mat

Did you know that doing Yoga is more than just a function of a studio having a vast array of class time options and being on the mat? While part of Yoga requires the frequenting of a studio often to keep up the momentum of engaging in asanas, meditation, and pranayama, there is more that goes on while off the mat too. …

winter health

Whether it is rain or snow, we are coming upon the winter season. And with that, our bodies, minds, and souls need a little extra care. As creatures of light, the darker days can depress the body and create a lack of motivation. When we spiral into inactivity and listlessness, our health takes a turn for the worse. Once the health of …