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absolute freedom: sutra 3.56

absolute freedom: sutra 3.56

The yoga sutras define absolute freedom as unfettered and seedless union with the “divine” (universal consciousness, etc). A “union” that carries over into an awake state of awareness that is under one’s complete control such that there is no possibility of falling back to an image of oneself as separate from the cosmic divine. Oooo-kay.read more

conscious down to the last cell: sutra 3.55

conscious down to the last cell: sutra 3.55

What do you think: are you conscious on a cellular level? I think you are. I also realize this assumes a certain definition of consciousness, something we’ve not yet been able to pin point collectively (i.e., there isn’t a single, universally agreed-upon definition of consciousness). In my current understanding, there’s the consciousness that imbues allread more

when you’re so sure, you can’t be duped: sutra 3.54

when you’re so sure, you can’t be duped: sutra 3.54

Lasting love at first sight. Blind brand vs. generic taste tests. Laziness that definitely is not exhaustion. What do these three things have in common? When you’re experiencing them, you’re certain you can tell the real from the imposter. You’re sure that it’s really true love. You’re positive the better tasting food is the brandread more

when it’s wrong to be right: sutra 3.53

when it’s wrong to be right: sutra 3.53

sutra 3.53 Complete awareness and control for each and every passing moment brings that knowledge which results from the ability to tell what is really real. Translation by Kofi Busia What is “real”? Intuition? The Divine Spark? The Spirit? The Jiva Atman? The mysterious inner workings of our bodies and brains? I don’t know, Iread more

freedom from your monkey mind: sutras 3.51 + 3.52

freedom from your monkey mind: sutras 3.51 + 3.52

Part of me does want to live in a hut in the woods. Somewhere quiet, green, and “away” from everything distracting or conflicting. Somewhere that I can joyfully meditate on nature and the universe all day long. A bigger part of me is pretty darn ok with the modern conveniences of life and the crazyread more

find your “pure being”: sutra 3.50

find your “pure being”: sutra 3.50

Most of us grow up with a learned sense of “right” and “wrong”. Human beings, perhaps in efforts to maintain harmony among beings, have created many rules for behavior that, once established, societies often follow without regularly considering how, why, or even that they’re powerful tools for peace –or that sometimes they end up beingread more

take a self awareness coffee break: sutra 3.48

take a self awareness coffee break: sutra 3.48

Perhaps it’s the new smells. Maybe it’s the temperature change. Or maybe it’s that I’m a school girl at heart and in my eyes, September has “fresh start” written all over it. We’re on the other side of labor day, and I am just itching to take in new information, take on new challenges, andread more

backed up by science: sutra 3.37 on inner sense

backed up by science: sutra 3.37 on inner sense

I am something of a scientific study geek. I love reading reports of their methods and findings! There’s often some little tidbit that makes me think a little differently about the world, ever widening my perspective. You can image my double-excitement when Sara Lazar’s study on meditation reported showing an increase in grey matter inread more

manage your hunger in 3 steps: sutra 3.31

3 steps to manage hunger sensation: sutra 3.31 on controlling hunger

Do you ever feel the need to manage your hunger? Amazingly enough, there’s a sutra for that! As with last week, this week’s sutra instructs you to meditate on your subtle body to overcome the drives of your physical body. Now, first, I think it’s worth mentioning why this sutra even exists. Not that I knowread more

what does it mean to know your body? sutra 3.30 on navel gazing

what does it mean to know your body? sutra 3.30 on navel gazing

The next several sutras direct the yogi’s attention to her subtle body. By meditating on specific energy centers (part of the subtle or energy body), the yogi can get to know her physical body. Sutra 3.30 highlights an energy center that’s situated near the navel. Meditate on this center to discover the mysteries of your own physiology. sutra 3.30read more

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I teach yoga and champion individuality by teaching you what’s under the hood (thank you, yoga AND science!). Together, we sort through what we can know, what we can’t, and how to work with both. There might be mention of superheroes. And science!

 

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