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25
Mar

Practice Patterns 2019: Some Statistics and Practice Advice

If you’ve ever been to YogaJaya, you know that our teachers are helping the students a lot throughout the class. Occasionally a teacher may give you…

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Choice and Performance
11
Feb

Seasons of Life

“Today we live in a chaos of straight lines, in a jungle of straight lines. If you do not believe this, take the trouble to count…

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23
Jan

Ready To Change Your Life

Change has always been a challenge for me. The uncomfortable fear of the unknown, insecurity that seems to shake the ground beneath, not knowing where you…

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09
Jan

Why you may want to commit

Have you ever thought of developing the cognitive and emotional skills of a monk, but gave up after trying 2 sessions of the Headspace meditation app? Or…

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Photo of David Swenson and his great smile!
08
Jun

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga: Philosophy, Practice and Experience

There are different facets of Ashtanga yoga. One is the philosophical aspect. Ashta, means eight, anga,  means limbs. There's a whole philosophical understanding of how this…

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Yoga Practice and diet blog post with image of fruit and nut salad and writer, David Swenson
15
May

The Optimal Yoga Practice Space and Diet

There's a question about in my home what kind of space do I have to practice yoga and when I travel how to create the space? …

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Yoganidrāsana- One of many Yoga Asana that prepare one for deeper meditation
02
Apr

Remembering the Restful State

Lying on the ground as a position in which meditation techniques are practiced is not new to Indian yoga traditions. As early as the 12th century,…

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Mārjārottānāsana: The earliest known 'Cat' Pose
23
Apr

Mārjārottānāsana: The earliest known ‘cat’ pose

The earliest known description of 'Cat' pose (to date) is called Mārjārottānāsana (Upturned Cat Pose), which is described in an eighteenth-century yoga text the Haṭhābhyāsapaddhati. The image seen here is…

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Śvottānāsana- The earliest known 'Dog' Pose
15
Apr

Śvottānāsana- The earliest known ‘dog’ pose

The earliest known description (to date) of 'Dog' Pose is called Śvottānāsana (Up-turned Dog Pose) described in an eighteenth-century yoga text called the Haṭhābhyāsapaddhati.  Śvottānāsana Having…

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19
Feb

The Scientist And The Artist

The first question you might ask yourself on your practice is the obvious one — Does my practice make me better? That is a good question…

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