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—Swami Sivananda

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Understanding Grief and Love: Presenter Spotlight with Antonio Sausys

Please share what you do. I work with grieving individuals using a somatic psychotherapeutic protocol to address grief symptoms. It enables the re-identification process that follows an important loss. Why do you do what you do? I learned through my ow …
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2017 Presentations by Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa

We are delighted to share these handouts from K.P. Khalsa’s presentations at the ashram during his program, The Twin Paths of Yoga and Ayurveda for Healthy Living, in March 2017. Herbal Mysticism—Herbs for Spirit & Consciousness Sharpen Yoga Practi …
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May Recipe: Gigi’s Famous Tahini Sauce

This yummy and versatile recipe can be used as a delicious topping for veggie burgers, as a dip with vegetables, cooked with eggplant, and more. Make a batch and see for yourself!   Ingredients 1 cup (250 ml) tahini paste 1 cup (250 ml) boiling wa …
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5 Reasons Your Body Loves a Detox

By Clarissa Kussin There are a million reasons to detox — and probably a million different ways to go about it. But, what must one look for, what’s the best way? I’ve seen from my years in practice that to be completely effective, a detox program needs …
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Exploring Dreams for Adventure, Inner Growth, and Illumination

By Craig Sim Webb Every night when you close your eyes, a transformational opportunity awaits — in your dreams! Dreams can offer yogis, yoginis, and other students of life important practical guidance and creative insights and act as a nightly portal t …
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Healthy Breakfast — Oatmeal Banana Pancakes

From Joelle Rabion We’ve always been told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day — and it is! It literally ‘breaks the fast’ and resets your metabolism, allowing you to launch your day as your best self. So, it’s important to use quality …
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Resilience: Rewiring the Brain for Well-Being

Mindfulness is the cornerstone of resilience, says Linda Graham, a marriage and family therapist, mindfulness teacher, and expert on the neuroscience of human relationships who presents at the ashram. “I would start,” she says, “with the capacity to co …
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Waking Up to 5 Good Reasons Dreams and Yoga Belong Together

by Tzivia Gover, MFA, Certified Dream Therapist When I first started practicing yoga, after a few months of Down Dogs and Sun Salutations, I decided to move beyond yoga postures and learn about yogic philosophy. That’s when I realized I was in trouble. …
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5 Simple Practices to Balance Your Body This Winter

  by Katie Papo (Ambika)   We all know how easy it is to fall out of balance — especially in winter, when we gravitate more toward heavy comfort foods and become less active. Although eating warmer, heavier foods and slowing down in the winte …
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The Empowering Transformative Effects of Energy Healing

by Brett Bevell I am looking forward to being back in the sacred beauty and healing space of the ashram this November and wanted to share a little about Energy Healing and the ways it has impacted my life so that it may inspire others to experience dee …
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What is Vedanta? Q&A with Swami Medhananda Puri

Swami Medhananda Puri is a distinguished traditional teacher of Vedanta and a regular presenter at the ashram. In this Q&A, he offers responses to a few basic questions about Vedanta (also called Advaita Vedanta). Question: What is the core of Adva …
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Ayurveda Recipe: Aloo Gobi (Potato and Cauliflower)

  from Bharata Surya A go-to Ayurveda recipe, this classic dish is one of the most popular vegetable dishes in Ayurveda and Indian cooking. Not only is it very tasty, it uses some of the main spices in Ayurvedic cooking (these spices help in the d …
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Proper Sitting Techniques for Yogis & Office Workers

Sitting looks easy, but it’s not. With so many people at work or school being required to sit for great lengths of time — not to mention practicing yogis who sit for meditation — no wonder so many of us struggle with what should be a simple task. Angel …
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Active Dreaming with Robert Moss

In dreams we unravel mysteries, we meet loved ones, we clarify wishes. In this realm, we are transported beyond the physical into a world where our human minds intersect with minds beyond human understanding. But dreaming is a lost practice, says Rober …
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The Miracle of Cell-Level Healing

Presenter Spotlight: Joyce Hawkes and Helen Folsom Please share what you do: We combine science and spirit for health, wholeness and vitality, via Cell-Level Healing. Why? Joyce received a direct calling to this work over 30 years ago and has pursued i …
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Reconsidering Pain with Neil Pearson

Presenter Spotlight What do you do? I help people in pain through an integration of pain science, physiotherapy and therapeutic yoga. Why? It is time for a shift in our paradigm of pain, people in it, and the care of pain to one of optimism and integra …
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The Importance of Sivananda Yoga with David Frawley

David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri) discusses the importance of Sivananda Yoga as a complete spiritual and healing system and describes the Sivananda tradition as one of the few yoga movements with an integral approach to yoga that consistently tea …
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Raymond Moody on Grief

Grief, says Dr. Raymond Moody, is a blending of multiple feelings and emotions. “It’s not an illness,” he says. “It’s a normal spiritual experience that is felt in the case of loss, the process of coming to terms with the death of a loved one.” When hi …
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Raymond Moody on Near-Death Experiences

Every time Dr. Raymond Moody addresses a group on the topic of near-death experiences, there are folks in the audience who stand up to talk about the friends or loved ones with whom they’ve shared experiences around death. “They’re always, always there …
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Dreaming Life Changes

by Tzivia Gover In the early dawn hours on a snowy February morning, I was shaken awake by a dream. When I went to sleep the night before in the dorm room I was sharing with a friend at a yoga retreat center, I’d asked for a “Birthday Dream,” as that m …
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Teaching Yoga and Relaxation to Children, by Mira Binzen

“Why practice yoga?” I asked the children at the beginning of our yoga class at Bloom Yoga Studio last week. “How do you think it helps you?” Hands shot into the air. A six-year-old boy wearing new Harry Potter glasses went first. He stated matter-of-f …
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Travel Yoga: Essential Tips from Julie Lusk

Making flight arrangements for your next trip to the Bahamas? Plan ahead so you can travel smart and stay balanced. Holistic health specialist Julie Lusk shares this excerpt from her e-book on Travel Yoga to help make your air travel more peaceful and …
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De-Stressing 101

By Silvia San Miguel (Surya). Reposted here with the authors’ permission. We all know the negative impact of stress on our physical, mental and emotional health. Another thing is to know what to do to live stress-free. A moderate level of stress is a n …
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De-Stressing 102

By Silvia San Miguel (Surya). Reposted here with the authors’ permission. In De-Stressing 101, I looked at the signs of a state of chronic agitation, a precursor of a stress breakdown and proposed a change in lifestyle based on the 5 Points of Yoga tau …
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What Does an Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist Do?

By Dr. Marc Halpern (Siva) Originally published by Sivananda Yoga Camp. Reposted with permission. An Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist is a specialist capable of utilizing yoga therapies to alter the physiology of the body in a manner that supports the healing …
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The Benefits of Restorative Yoga

Article contributed by Nora Benian (Sundari), Restorative Yoga Teacher. In this day and age of being constantly on guard due to an overwhelming bombardment of stimuli, when does one have an opportunity to unwind, relax and recharge? It’s no wonder we a …
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Paul Epstein ND – The Mind Body Connection

Dr. Paul Epstein discusses the connection between mind and body in relation to healing chronic pain and other conditions which are significantly impacted by stress.
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Easter Symposium Presentation by Rick Hanson, PhD

Easter & Passover Symposium and Celebration: Yoga & Sacred Healing
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