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Reflections & Inspiration

Thoughts On Practice & Class

by Carin Allen :: posted June 6, 2008

There are many reasons why I practice yoga.  Health.  Balance. A connection with myself.  A connection with others.  To develop nonviolence, truth, and to uncover the veil of avidya.  Each of these has essential meaning and in my life, but if I had to say what draws me to yoga – what keeps me coming to the mat every day – it is the experience of discovery.  It is the inspiration and wisdom that comes through awakening the unknown parts of my being... Read more.

Reflections on the third pada of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra

by students in Patricia’s Wednesday advanced class :: posted June, 2008.

Students in Patricia's Wednesday afternoon advanced class have been studying and discussing the third chapter of the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali. Read some of their thoughts about Sutras III.9-III.12 here.

Genius In Action

by Patricia Walden :: This essay was written several years ago, and first appeared on the IYNAUS website.

Nothing could have prepared me for BKS Iyengar. With his love of yoga, he was the prince of passion and the king of charisma. In my first class with him, he boomed out, "If you keep your armpits open, you won't get depressed;" and from the feeling in my rising, opening chest, I knew exactly what he meant. Read more...

Taking the Next Step: Faith and the Yoga Vitamins

by Patricia Walden & Jarvis Chen :: posted 27 August 2010

Wherever we are with our practice, there is always the next step that we can take to enrich our experience and deepen our understanding of our true nature.  This is the case whether we are just beginning a yoga practice or whether we have been practicing for years (or lifetimes). As we begin a new fall semester of yoga classes, this is a good time to ask ourselves: Am I ready to take the next step? Have I become bored or mechanical with my practice? If I hesitate to take the next step, what is it that is holding me back? Read more...