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We may not say it out loud but if we look at how we live our lives, we’ll likely see that the question that underscores everything we do, is: “How Can I Be Happy?” It is unfortunate but true that our education – both in school and the education we get from culture and media – offers us little by way of an answer to the question, “how can I be happy?”
If the question is answered at all, it is via implicit messages in advertising. Advertising’s covert message seduces us into thinking that happiness is a function of what we have: if only I can get that bag, that outfit, that car, that vacation, that job, that lifestyle, that relationship, then I will be happy. Whether it is material goods or status (societal status or relationship status), we are told from a young age that happiness is a function of what we have. The answer we hear to our question, “How can I be happy?” is, “You will be happy when you get these things.” So, the message is that happiness i… Read More
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As yoga practitioners, we enjoy and explore our physical and spiritual lives in different ways. Based on our personality, goals, and individual needs, each of us will have an ideal environment and community to practice yoga for optimal benefits. You might also be new to yoga and unsure of where to go to join a class or a veteran yogi looking for the best opportunities to deepen your practice. Take this yoga quiz to find the best …
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A new study has revealed that going to a live music concert creates more happiness than practicing yoga. Fortunately, yogis can get a double boost of happiness when they attend a yoga festival that offers yoga classes and workshops during the day and live music performances in the evenings! With at least 29 North American yoga festivals happening this year, you can attend a festival near or far, with famous or not …
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Have you ever experienced a magical awakened feeling after yoga? Or has your yoga practice empowered you to change and transform your body and your life? In this gorgeously filmed two-minute video, Ashley Galvin shares her yoga story and how it has inspired her life and profession. Not having enough strength or flexibility did not change Ashley’s mind about yoga, instead, it motivated her to try again. When presented with …
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Today I was asked ‘Has yoga lost its soul in the West?’ … Here is an answer I just wrote …
I think that most people teaching modern yoga have good intentions and some modern yoga does seem to help some people for some time. However, I don’t think that what is mostly being taught under the banner of yoga in the modern world today is not really yoga, but more a type of exercise system similar to the aerobics of the 1980’s.
Yoga means union and on a global level it is the recognition that every individual consciousness is related to every other individual consciousness in the same loving way that a mother naturally relates to a newborn baby, with selfless service and loving intent and the way a baby relates to that in terms of feeling safe and loved. If this was happening between all the conscious entities in the world today then I would say that the world is in yoga. But before this can happen on this world scale is must first be achieved … Read More
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We look forward to seeing you on the mat for the Earth Sequence.
Earth is the first of the 5 sequences, and is usually practiced at the beginning of the year after the holiday season to firmly put our feet back on the ground. Summer is hot and the practice needs to be responsive to this by being calm and cooling. The intention with which we practice this sequence is to set the foundations for the year, to create a steady mind and regular practice, the beginning of the advancement towards a long-term, stable practice.
For those who join us from home, download your copy of the Earth Sequence from our online shop.
Wishing you all the best with your practice.
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Yoga Synergy’s Simon Borg-Olivier presents a number of National and International events throughout the year. We have just published his full schedule here.
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I remember the moment I discovered my inner authentic teacher. I was subbing for a class usually taught by a very athletic teacher. It was full of students who enjoyed handstands and doing the most advanced variations of the asana.
Before subbing this class I was a nervous wreck! I was detached from who I was as an authentic teacher and had no idea how I was supposed to teach these advanced asana that I had never even practiced myself. The day before subbing, I had a moment of clarity: everything happens for a reason and I am meant to be there, on that day, as an authentic teacher and the students are meant to get my authentic lesson that day.
I went into the class and taught what felt right for me: a much sl… Read More
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Are you considering taking a Yoga Teacher Training? How long have you been thinking about taking that leap? Me, about a year. I had this little voice that kept telling me, “You can do this, you could teach, follow your heart.” I ignored it for awhile until I was prompted to take a long look at my life and how I really wanted to spend my time.
Once I’d decided to take the plunge I researched all the courses I could find. I felt compelled to sign up with Yogacara from the moment I found them. The course content was exactly what I was looking for, a beautiful blend of philosophy and asana, tied in with the chance to fully immerse myself in the stunning Scottish coun… Read More
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It happens. You go to a yoga class to connect with your body, your breath, and the purest part of yourself, but instead, get caught up looking around the room. Invariably you notice a fellow student with a more advanced practice and perfect, Instagram-worthy postures. Suddenly all of your good intentions and positive feelings fly out the window. Now you just feel bad about yourself, resentful, and completely discouraged. Congratulations! …
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