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Random Acts of Kindness

Writing, Reflection, Intention Day 13   Today our attitude exercise is practicing random acts of kindness. Everything can be done with a smile, softness, and compassion. Most of us go through life thinking, acting, and being with some kind of expectation or self-reward in the back of our minds. It’s an interesting place of self-discovery to …

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Gratitude

Writing, Reflection, Intention Day 5   The simple fact that we are alive and breathing is a gift. An attitude of gratitude is often the one single shift that can transform any experience. I say thank you many times a day. Sometimes without connecting to the essence of the words or even looking the person I …

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Brahmacharya, Moderation of the Senses

Brahmacharya, the fourth Yama or restraint refers to our ability to participate in moderation on all levels in our lives. This moderation exists on many levels, sensory, physical, and emotional to name a few. Sensory moderation can be defined as a mindful approach to what we allow to enter our internal atmosphere and psyche. All …

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Satya, The Four Buddhist Rules of Speech

“Three things cannot be hidden, the sun, the moon, and the truth.”  James Russell Lowell Satya, the second yama, is defined as truth in speech, thought, and action. Speaking in terms of opposites, satya is not lying, exaggerating, and not playing into sarcasm. The most useful tool to guide us towards truth in speech is …

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Ahimsa

“Love means non-hurting, non- harming, non-injuring, and non-killing, not only through actions, but through speech and thoughts.”   Swami Rama                In the most traditional sense, ahimsa refers to maintaining a vegetarian diet.  The premise of which being non-killing and non- harming of another living creature to sustain one’s self. Personally, I don’t believe in blanket …

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Exploring Ujjayi (Victorious Breath) and Nadi Sodhnaha (Alternate Nostril Breath)

This week we will explore Ujjayi breath, and Nadhi Sodhnaha.  Two breathing techniques that any beginner yoga practitioner can learn and practice on their own. Ujjayi translates to victorious breath.  It is an audible breath, sounding like the waves of the ocean.  The breath is concentrated at the back of the throat as you inhale …

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