Ashtanga

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Pratipaksha-bhāvana: Overcoming Negative Thinking

Doubt, uncertainty, and negativity can hinder our efforts to follow the path of yoga. Patanjali guides us to cultivate an opposite mental attitude to overcome these obstacles.

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Following the Energy of the Guru

Just as our teachers impart their knowledge on us, we too share their energy and, with it, can support the practice of our fellow yoga students.

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Why Nothing Compares to Paramaguru Sharath Jois’s 2019 U.S. Tour

Practicing Ashtanga yoga solo or with a dedicated teacher has many benefits. But receiving the practice from the source is like nothing else.

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The Benefits of Practicing the Ashtanga Yoga Mysore Method

This powerful method of yoga allows for supported self-discovery and progression of your practice.

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My Life As an Ashtanga Student in Mysore: Healing Back Pain with Yoga

It would have been easy to blame bendy asanas for causing the pain in the first place. But instead, this writer leaned into her practice to find a solution that doctors couldn't.

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My Life As an Ashtanga Student in Mysore: The Essence of Seeking Consciousness

In this essay series, advanced Ashtanga practitioner and writer Leslie Hendry explains why her many trips to India were never just a vacation.

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The Love for the Guru’s Lotus Feet

A deep inquiry into the opening mantra to help understand why touching your guru's feet is much more than a symbol of respect.

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Embracing and Overcoming Obstacles in Yoga

The true path of yoga is a transformative process. Learn to expect obstacles so that you can overcome, rather than be derailed by, them and continue your progress.

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Connecting to the Seed of Spiritual Knowledge through Yoga

The mind and senses are the medium for all interactions with the world. As described in many ancient texts, yoga is the process of bringing these aspects of oneself under control to experience higher truth.

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The Importance of Bhāvanā in Attaining the Purpose of Yoga

To achieve yoga's highest goal, you must first develop an appropriate attitude toward the practice and a deep understanding of the yogic philosophy.

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It’s Never Too Late to Learn Yoga

When an accident left Michael Fox with chronic pain, he turned to meditation and eventually Ashtanga yoga at age 58 to help him find physical and emotional relief.

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Returning to Yoga When Injured

We all face unexpected setbacks from time to time. Rather than let it stop you, try to find ways to overcome and carry on as this one woman did with the support of her yoga community.

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The Therapeutic Nature of the Aṣṭāṅga Yoga Primary Series

An examination of the significance of cikitsā vibhāga and the vital role this sequence plays in improving one's health as a foundation for yoga.

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The Perfect Way to Breathe in Ashtanga Yoga

A simple overview of the essential breathing technique used in Ashtanga yoga.

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Sharath Jois on the Key Ingredients for Experiencing Yoga

Sharath Jois tells us where to find the proper ingredients for a true yoga practice.

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