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Yoga Philosophy

Ferguson and the Mythology of Racism

James Brown | Posted 11.30.2014 | Impact
James Brown

We need stories, even those that aren't true. Maybe the Ferguson story will be the one that is told the longest- maybe it won't. But, it is, if only temporarily, expressing and evoking feelings of injustice that will inspire the actions that the race problem needs.

When Life Is Unfair -- Feed the Right Wolf

Chiyoko Osborne | Posted 08.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Chiyoko Osborne

I always viewed the phrase "life is unfair" as negative. It felt to me the glass is half empty; why try when you'll fail anyway; the good guy comes i...

To My Baby Sister, On Maintaining Her 'Smobriety'

James Brown | Posted 02.03.2014 | Healthy Living
James Brown

I am glad you quit smoking last week. I know how hard it is to change habits. That's why I am writing this. I want you to succeed and I think this can help.

Prana, Practice and Power: How Does Yoga Change Lives?

Eva Norlyk Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Eva Norlyk Smith, Ph.D.

In this interview, Iyengar Yoga teacher John Schumacher discusses the yogic concept of Prana, the life force or creative energy, and the role it plays in the practice of yoga.

Yoga in America: Where Bowing to God Is Not Religious

Jill Lawson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Jill Lawson

The concept of God is a shaky subject. Add to it the yoga-inspired faith in the God within us all, and you have a huge mess on your hands. Calling yoga non-religious isn't just about altering yoga to make a buck. It is to avoid starting a war.

Yoga to Go: Judith Hanson Lasater on Keys to a Rewarding Home Yoga Practice

Eva Norlyk Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Eva Norlyk Smith, Ph.D.

In this interview, author and yoga teacher Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D., P.T., offers some keys to a rewarding home practice, based on her experience as a longtime practitioner and teacher. She encourages us to look at why we don't practice.

What the F*ck Was Lululemon Thinking?

Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Carolyn Gregoire

Trivializing and misusing a sacred tradition to sell luxury (not to mention sizeist) yoga clothing is not only embarrassing, it's offensive.

Why You Should Try Loving-Kindness Meditation

Kripalu | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Kripalu

As meditation research has become more prevalent, science has become interested in the effects of loving-kindness practice on the mind and the body. As it turns out, LKM offers unique benefits that are subtly different from other kinds of meditation.

5 Steps to Happiness

James Brown | Posted 10.27.2013 | Healthy Living
James Brown

Recognize that this is a process. As you endeavor along, building skill here, embrace the unfinished state that we are all in.

What Is a Yoga Pose?

James Brown | Posted 10.21.2013 | Healthy Living
James Brown

Using the physical body as the main component of a spiritual practice is newly popular and barely existed just a few decades ago. Prior to that, asana was viewed as a single limb on a larger tree, mostly used as a way to get the body ready to sit in meditation for a long time without distraction.

Want to Learn More About Yoga?

Ira Israel | Posted 08.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Ira Israel

There is something for everyone in this virtual yoga conference from the layperson who is just starting to experience yoga to the seasoned practitioner and teacher who wants to expand his or her knowledge of yoga without ever leaving the comforts of home.

What Yoga Taught Me About The Present Moment

James Brown | Posted 07.10.2013 | Healthy Living
James Brown

By letting go of harmful desire, I got more of the physical depth that I'd wanted before, yet the shapes of the poses barely mattered now. What did matter was how good it felt to just be with what is and let go of what isn't.

The Real Meaning Of 'Om'

James Brown | Posted 06.18.2013 | Healthy Living
James Brown

When I started doing yoga, I loved most of what happened in the classes. One thing I did not love, though, was the chanting of "om." None of my early teachers could explain what it meant or why we were doing it.

Is It Time To Break Up With Your Yoga Teacher?

Alanna Kaivalya | Posted 04.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Alanna Kaivalya

At some point, every student must leave their teacher. It's a built-in principle of yoga. Parents raise children to be able to survive on their own at some point; its the same concept between teachers and students of yoga.

Alice Hines

Tea Party Message Fits Yoga Company's Bottom-Line

HuffingtonPost.com | Alice Hines | Posted 11.28.2011 | Business

Would you like a free dose of right-wing philosophy with your $98 yoga pants? Lululemon Atheletica (LULU) built its brand by selling pricey workout...

Managing Modern Negativity With Ancient Wisdom

Jay Michaelson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jay Michaelson

Okay, so it feels good to say "all is one" in the yoga studio. But during the other hours of the day, aren't we all behaving as if it's you versus me, in a dog-eat-dog world?

Meghan Neal

Beyond Hatha Yoga At Omega Institute's 'Being Yoga' Retreat

HuffingtonPost.com | Meghan Neal | Posted 03.19.2012 | Healthy Living

Being yoga isn't just doing yoga; it goes beyond hatha, the physical practice. It entails living day to day what "yoga" actually means. In a word: uni...

Yoga Drama

Toan Lam | Posted 08.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Toan Lam

if you go with the flow and are gentle with yourself in tense situations, you will always be in a better space.