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Out with the old, in with the new

The old adage "Don't throw out the baby with the bathwater" reminds us that, while change is inevitable, not all change seems desirable. Sometimes we change even when change isn't helpful (throwing out the baby), but sometimes we resist change even when it is helpful (keeping the bathwater). Taking this saying to heart can give…
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Surrender Before Taking Action

The Bhagavad Gita, which Gandhi referred to as his "spiritual dictionary," tells us to only act after becoming "established in being." "Doing" and "being" are the two pillars of yoga practice. Doing is also referred to as effort, work, or action. Being is also referred to as surrender, letting go, non-attachment, dispassion, or renunciation. Balancing…
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Moving at Human Speed

What do bicycling and yoga have in common? More than you might think. Both involve lifestyle choices that can have very positive health impacts. But the benefits of both also go beyond the individuals who are choosing to bicycle and to practice yoga. A balanced yoga practice benefits everyone who is connected to the yoga…
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“Your Maximum Pose is Not Your Optimum Pose”

These eight words from Prashant Iyengar, son of B.K.S. Iyengar, speak volumes. Going as far as we can in an asana (yoga posture) may seem reasonable, especially when first beginning the practice of yoga and especially if your range of motion seems to be very limited (i.e., you perceive yourself as being "tight"). Indeed, extending…
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