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 …

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 …