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Yoga Lifestyle & Practice

Yoga & Recovery

Many of us first turned to yoga whilst looking for change. It takes great courage and openness to heal our negative habits and create new healthy ones. No matter our habits, addictions, or cravings, yogic practices can transform them from the inside ou …
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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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4 (New) Hard Lessons I Learned From Karma Yoga

In 2014, Katie Papo (Ambika) wrote Three Hard Lessons I Learned from Karma Yoga, describing the culminating lessons of her experiences in the Karma Yoga/Residential Study Program at the ashram. After several more years in the karma yoga program, here s …
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You Are What You Eat: The Yogic Lifestyle #3

How many facets of yoga do you know? How many do you practice? At the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas, a destination for yogis from around the world, yoga is based on five points that are practiced regularly in order to achieve wholeness in your …
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Think Positive and Meditate: The Yogic Lifestyle #5

How many facets of yoga do you know? How many do you practice? At the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas, a destination for yogis from around the world, yoga is based on five points that are practiced regularly in order to achieve wholeness in your …
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Relax Your Body, Relax Your Mind: The Yogic Lifestyle #4

How many facets of yoga do you know? How many do you practice? At the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas, a destination for yogis from around the world, yoga is based on five points that are practiced regularly in order to achieve wholeness in your …
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Mindfully Move Your Body: The Yogic Lifestyle #2

How many facets of yoga do you know? How many do you practice? At the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas, a destination for yogis from around the world, yoga is based on five points that are practiced regularly in order to achieve wholeness in your …
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Breathe Deep, Live Deep: The Yogic Lifestyle #1

How many facets of yoga do you know? How many do you practice? At the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas, a destination for yogis from around the world, yoga is based on five points that are practiced regularly in order to achieve wholeness in your …
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Life Change Through Yoga Teacher Training

The Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training Course (TTC) was created not only to train people to become yoga teachers but to become ambassadors of peace in the world. Now more than ever, we need people committed to their own personal transformation through yog …
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The Full Yogic Breath

When the breath wanders, the mind is unsteady, but when the breath is still, so is the mind still.  —Hatha Yoga Pradipika   Benefits of the Full Yogic Breath Practitioners at all levels benefit from the Full Yogic Breath, which increases lung capa …
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Diving into Swami Vishnudevananda’s Five Points of Yoga

In these days of mindfulness, positive psychology and the science of happiness, the yogic lifestyle is the ideal approach to health and well-being. Why? Because much of what we may think of as new has actually been taught in the yoga tradition for mill …
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Learning to Teach Yoga: Three TTC Students Share Their Experiences

Among the 32 graduates who spent a month in the ashram’s intensive Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training Course (TTC) are three students who shared their experience of a demanding and rewarding month on Paradise Island: Rocky Vega, Stuart Bishop, and Robin H …
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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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When Tech Meets Yoga: Sivananda Yoga Teacher Gopi Kallayil

  What do a Google executive and a yoga teacher have in common? They are embodied in Sivananda Yoga Teacher Gopi Kallayil, whose job as Chief Evangelist for Brand Marketing at Google has sent him throughout the world delivering the company message …
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Ayurveda for Healthy Air Travel

  A comprehensive health-care science, Ayurveda emerged from the same Vedic culture as yoga, in northern India, and its foundations come from the Vedas, the oldest books in the world. Used for medical interventions and treatments, Ayurveda also em …
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Juice Cleanse, Detox & Nutrition Retreats

Ready for a healthy change? Periodic cleansing is highly recommended in a yogic lifestyle. In addition to the physical benefits, cleansing also helps to refresh the mind and the spirit. The end result is more clarity, energy, and joy. Enjoy this inspir …
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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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Introduction to Meditation

We’re all conditioned to look on the outside for happiness, whether it’s relaxing in a hammock or indulging in a slice of chocolate cake. But how long can you lie in a hammock? And think about the cake: one slice is great, maybe two, even three. But fi …
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Advanced Yoga Teacher Training: A Conversation with Amelia Travis

When she graduated from the Teacher Training Course (TTC) as a Sivananda Yoga teacher four years ago, Amelia Travis had no idea that a business concept formed during that training would lead back to Sivananda, this time to the Advanced Teacher Training …
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Yoga for Healthy Bones

About half of all people over age 50 have low bone mass, says yoga teacher and wellness practitioner Beata Barnard (Savitri-Devi). Bone loss is in such high proportion that an estimated 70 percent of hip fractures are related to osteoporosis. This epid …
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Aging Well with Yoga

  Silvia San Miguel (Surya) is an example of how to age beautifully. At 71, she has a straight back, a calm demeanor, a slender figure. All of this, she says, is the result of a lifestyle that focuses on health and is deeply rooted in the culture …
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Ayurveda: Ancient Healing for a Modern World

Healthy foods can change the physiology of the body, says Marc Halpern, DC, but often our senses are so inundated with junk that we ignore what’s best for us. Bad food, violent TV, stress-inducing noise — “we’re so distracted by the party that the sens …
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Joining the Brunch Team as a Karma Yogi in the Bahamas Kitchen

by Karma Yogi Barbara Clarke It may sound daunting to show up for kitchen duty as a Karma Yogi at 6.30 am on your first day, but the smell of homemade bread, freshly mixed cinnamon granola and ginger-infused sauces is enough to lift anyone’s spirits. T …
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Three Hard Lessons I Learned from Karma Yoga (That Were Totally Worth It)

By Katie Papo (Ambika) I started off the New Year of 2011 pretty weak. Not sick. Just weak — little discipline, a few nagging addictions, and a hard time staying with my yoga practice, or any kind of healthful exercise for that matter. A friend told me …
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Yoga Nidra Meditative Relaxation

Take some deeply nourishing time to connect within during this guided Yoga Nidra meditative relaxation practice. These 30 minutes of self-care can be done seated or lying down, eyes open or closed. Save this page and use as often as possible! Why not . …
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The Sivananda Daily Chant

  Chant with us! Please enjoy this video of the Sivananda Daily Chant, led by Swami Hridyananda and filmed during satsang at the Yoga Retreat in March 2014. We hope you find inspiration and return often. Here is the translation:   Jaya Gaṇeśa …
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Chair Yoga for Travel

by Stacie Dooreck (Saraswati) Have you ever been at the airport, on a plane or a bus and felt like you really needed to stretch? You start wishing you could just get where you’re going to do some yoga to ease that stiff back or those tight shoulders. W …
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Take Time to Relax in Savasana

by Katie Papo (Ambika) Crunches and leg lifts were my go-to boredom fighter while everyone else laid in savasana (corpse pose) at the end of yoga class. I first started practicing yoga for the workout, so the last thing I wanted was to imitate a dead p …
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Yoga in the Modern World

Question: I feel discouraged when I look out at the experience of yoga as it is called in the world today. It seems that it has become an exercise class and lost its true meaning. I am wondering if you have any words of encouragement. Answer: In my vie …
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Yoga and the Art of Eating

by Katie Papo (Ambika) When I think back to my teenage glory days, mindlessly shoving pizza nuggets into my face while watching TV, “art” is not the first word to come to mind. Yet, as my yoga practice evolved, so did my eating. Here’s why: when we pra …
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8 Tips for the Traveling Yogi: Keeping Up Your Yoga Practice

By Katie Papo (Ambika) Just because you’re breaking free from your regular routine doesn’t mean you need to leave your yoga at home. Try these tips the next time you travel. 1. Create an intention. Remember why you practice yoga. To cultivate good heal …
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Chanting Ahimsa

by Nicole Vahlkamp (Nirmala), karma yogi It is 6 o’clock in the morning and 200 people are sitting cross-legged on a large wooden platform surrounded by palm trees made slightly iridescent by the contrast between the slowly rising sun and the shadows o …
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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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“Unity in Diversity” by Swami Swaroopananda

Download the PDF of this article written by Swami Swaroopananda published in Parabola Magazine, Feb 2012
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