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To The Guru

  There will be times in your life where you can unmistakably recognize your teachers. They support you and lead you down your path. Other times our teachers come in forms much more obscure, challenging our values and awakening reaction. However different these forms are, each of these moments holds opportunity for us to learn and grow. The Guru Mantras is a beautiful phase that honours the sacred relationship of teacher and student. Knowing that our teachers show up throughout our lives, not only as ones that bring us joy but those that test our spirit. This mantra brings home the intention to offer all that we are to the efficacy of the teachers who are present in all forms...

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Top 10 Reasons to Meditate

 #10 - All those little things,  Do you often find yourself being bothered by the little things? It is in the human nature of the mind to make big deals out of small annoyances.Meditation helps us with our practice of a more non-judgemental awareness of the our experience in the present moment. Staying in the moment will help connect us to what is really important, bringing us in tune with the big picture and helping us truly enjoy all of our experience.

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Sacred Sound of Om

    OM or AUM,is often the first and the last sound you hear at a yoga class.... But what does it mean?I have heard it defined as the sound of the universe... But what does THAT mean?It means a lot! Om is not a word but rather an intonation.  It is the mother of the bija, seed sound, of which all things are created. Therefore Om mystically embodies the essence of the entire universe. In the ancient Veda and upanishad text, the yogi's of the day explained how first there was the existence of sound and from that sound arose the earth. As the primordial sound, Om is the root of the universe and everything manifested or unmanifested.  According to...

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Patanjali's Yoga sutra 2:46

"Sthira sukham asanam" - 2:46; the posture is steady and comfortable. I have heard this sutra referenced many, many times during an asana class, and will often use it as a mantra.  Perhaps this is something repeated so often by teachers (including myself) because it is a tangible conflict that we can physically relate to. The word, sthira, means more than just steady. It translates as static, stable, resolute, changeless. Sthira not only refers to strength, and fortitude but also focus and the ability to be present. It is the opposite of agitation. It is mental stillness: a controlled, fully engaged body and mind. Sukha as well translates to more then comfort. Sukha is sweet, pleasurable, joyful, easy. It is the...

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