Yoga Manual for beginners

Written by Emily Curtis for Parimukti I live in a yoga class desert in Goa. There are lots of teacher training programs, but as far as I know, the closest public asana class is 40 minutes away, at 7am, twice per week. Unfortunately for me, I find it difficult to maintain a personal daily asana practice....
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I have often been asked the question; Whats your favourite yoga style? I would initially think of my favourite school of practice-ashtanga yoga. Then yesterday I was with a friend that I haven’t seen in a long time. We decided to go and swim at the temple. I had never seen a female bathing there...
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So yesterday we decided to change things up a little with the schedule and we went to the Tushita meditation centre to listen to teachings by Jetsunma, a Buddhist nun who spent 12 years of her life living in a cave as part of her spiritual journey. She gave a lot of insight, answered questions...
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Moving, talking, sharing and laughing have filled the first week of teacher training.  At our local “trek and dine”      Getting to know new faces, names, bodies and asanas has been a delight! From ashtanga to yin and anatomy to philosophy it’s been a week bursting with new information for everyone.   Sharing circle    I’m...
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lDay 4 Today students practised teaching each other sun salutations in preparation for next weeks morning classes where they will start instructing the asanas.  In philosophy we began the epic historical tale of the origins of yoga and its development into the modern form. I cant believe it’s almost the end of the first week...
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“Yog” or popularly known term “yoga” means union or process of joining.  Yoga is joining of awareness which is otherwise fragmented due to constant interference of thoughts emotions and ego. With integration of awareness, yoga brings about corresponding integration in body and it’s chemistry.  Thus yoga works on you not only on physical level through...
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We all have one of those days: its hard to get up. The blankets feel so heavy, your body even more heavy and your mind is cloudy. Everything seems gray and not really worth while. Your work seems irrelevant to you and it feels as if the whole world is conspiring against you, blocking you...
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Here is a way, to express your anger in a powerful healthy manner. First we have to understand the need of expressing anger in a healthy manner. Why ? Repression is the opposite of Expression.  Repressed anger is one of the most dangerous emotions to be sitting and boiling inside your body and mind. It can give...
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Our lives are emotional roller coasters,sometimes full of ecstatic moments of excitement and joy and at other times filled with  endless valleys of mind numbing sadness. Some of these emotions tend to stay and disturb our minds and moods and control our daily lives, even to the extent of interfering with our well-being and happiness. When the...
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Body and mind are heavily inter-related.  Emotions are expressed as feelings or pain in the physical body. While the health and vitality of the physical body is similarly mirrored by emotions.  An easy example is that when you are feeling sad your shoulders start drooping naturally, this is a simple example of your emotions being reflected in the...
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