Yoga Articles

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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The Compassion Experiment, 3 Tools to Change the World by Loving Yourself

I originally started writing this article several months ago. Things in my life were shifting, and my eyes were being opened to my very dark and dirty habits and tendencies.  I was beginning to notice how quickly I would judge other people and how readily available my stories were when things weren’t going my way.  …

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Urban Fundamentals: Exploring the Foundation of Pranayama & Asana

Breath 101   For my first installment in Urban Fundamentals, I think we should explore the breath together. Seems easy enough, right? Being the breath/pranayama junkie that I am, this task got my head swimming with possible ideas to explore about the breath. How to breathe, why we breathe, and the power of the breath are just a few …

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Kim Smith on Music in the Yoga Room

There have been so many articles of late highlighting the benefits of music in the yoga class and different playlist for different flows, moods and themes of classes. Heck, in some YTT programs, how to build a playlist is something that is being taught to aspiring teachers. I am lending a different perspective.  I want to say a fresh …

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A Yogi’s Guide to Life with a Toddler by Kim Smith

  Hello Yogis, Urban’s Tuesday & Thursday 9am Instructor penned an insightful article in Yoganonymous.com. Check out Kim’s thoughtful article on Ahimsa and parenting a toddler. Meet Kim February 10th, 1-3pm in a Shoulder Therapy workshop to soothe, strengthen, learn modifications for your practice. Ahimsa is the first of the yamas, a set of basic …

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