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The Importance of Dharma

The Importance of Dharma

Our dharma evolves across different phases and roles in life. As a child, we embrace one set of responsibilities, while as an adolescent, our dharma takes on a different form. Transitioning into the workforce or parenthood introduces yet another facet of dharmic duty. This dynamic nature persists throughout our life. Yet, as we embark on the spiritual path, our ultimate dharma becomes the realization of truth or satyadharma.

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Is it Drama or is it Karma?

Is it Drama or is it Karma?

The journey of life is like a series of interconnected rides. Birth initiates the first spin on the carousel, introducing us to this carnival of existence. However, the adventure doesn’t stop with just one ride. Rebirth is the subsequent cycle, a continuation of the cosmic journey. It’s as if the universe hands us another ticket and says, “Round two, let’s go!” This isn’t a random sequence; it’s guided by karma

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Chop Wood, Carry Water

Chop Wood, Carry Water

There are many Zen kōan and some are considered (by western minds) as riddles or unsolvable problems. Some would even consider them meaningless or a kind of ‘mental gymnastics.’ Although you may not be a Zen Buddhist practitioner it can be helpful to study a few different spiritual doctrines and methods from various traditions (not just within Buddhism). There is a kōan that I think of often and it can be helpful at various stages within the yoga practice and the greater meanings of life.

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Break Habits, Not Hearts

Break Habits, Not Hearts

Unfortunately, we are all familiar with the metaphor of a broken heart. Not only as a concept but the actual real, tangible feeling of heart break. It doesn’t matter if it’s the death of a loved one or family member or the breakdown of a relationship or friendship. It might even come from witnessing something, reading something or being fully immersed in worldly events and the feeling of hopelessness and tragedy in the way humans can treat one another.

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Becoming Less to Be More

Becoming Less to Be More

With Christmas just around the corner let’s talk about the act of giving away.
In yoga, aparigraha is a profound concept that encourages to cultivate a mindset of non-possessiveness and letting go. Derived from the Sanskrit words “apari” meaning ‘non’ and “graha” meaning ‘greed’ or ‘attachment,’ aparigraha teaches us to release our desires for material possessions and attachments, leading to a state of contentment and inner freedom. The essence of aparigraha, besides being the fifth yama in the yoga sūtra of Patañjali eight limbs, can also be explored in the following part of the Heart Sūtra, a revered Buddhist scripture:

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A Peace/Piece of Mind

A Peace/Piece of Mind

Maitrī can mean friendliness and kindness towards others, showing charity and good will. When a loved one is sad, stressed or going through a difficult time it can be easy to share your kindness with them, to support and uplift them in times of need.

Navigating others and their apparent need of kindness and goodwill can be a lot more difficult compared to those we know and love. It can be easy to judge others and maybe even with our best intentions and motivations the receiving person might not be open, available or even interested in what you have to say, offer and give.

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Creating Kind-Fullness

Creating Kind-Fullness

Each thought, word and action in this life create our karmic impressions (saṃskāra) and determine our character both in this life and the next.  Through the yoga practice we are able to feel more of ourselves, but what does it mean to feel more yourself? Is it to simply exist with all the good and bad, all your likes and dislikes, achievements and failures? Does it include your anger, jealousy, fear and just accept them?

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The Value In The Stars

The Value In The Stars

In Hinduism the word Deva (masculine, pronounced dey-va) and Devī (feminine, pronounced dey-vii) can be translated as: shiny, a divine being or anything of excellence. It can be argued that there is no limit to what can be classified as a Deva. Usually, they can simply be referred to and revered as Gods and Goddesses. There can be specific Devas for the environment – and even specific parts of the environment – such as a Devī for a river (Yamuna Devī ) or the fire God, Agni. Devas can also be considered celestial beings of the cosmo and give meaning and directions for the movements of stars, planets and the process of what happens after we die.

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The Caregiver In The River

The Caregiver In The River

The Bhagavad Gita, a sacred text of Hindu philosophy, is a profound scripture that imparts timeless wisdom on various aspects of life, including spirituality, morality, duty, and self-realization. Under the various teachings three are most dominant, the teachings of Karma Yoga (selfless service), Dhyana Yoga (meditation) and Bhakti Yoga (devotion).

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To Be Well Established

To Be Well Established

Our yoga practice doesn’t directly affect the language that we use in day to day conversations, yet the results of a regular yoga practice can affect the types of conversations we are having. I’ve heard it many times in a variety of ways but a common version is either “I tried yoga but I wasn’t very good at it” or “I’m getting better a yoga now (it doesn’t hurt as much the next day).”

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A Mothers Love

A Mothers Love

According to Hindu and yogic philosophy your first teacher and guru is your mother—the creation of your life is that guru. Each of us has a different relationship with our biological mother. We probably experienced conflicts, disagreements and misunderstandings with our parents or guardians from childhood on, and some of these conflicts may not even be resolved to this day.

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Back to Basics

Back to Basics

In the current state of the world, technology reigns supreme. Complicated technical gadgets, machines, tools and services are designed and marketed primarily for one purpose – to make everything easier.

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But, Why?

But, Why?

When we first meet someone new, one of the first questions often asked is ‘what do you do?’ An exchange proceeds covering each person’s job, or lack thereof; maybe study is also discussed. Less commonly asked, however, is ‘why do you do what you do?’ Perhaps this is because there is a lack of interest, or maybe we’re just not used to asking it. Because the reason behind the things that we do is so infrequently inquired about, we might also forget to ask or remind ourselves.

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The Great Warrior Within

The Great Warrior Within

We all need heroes to look up to. A form and examples who show us the way, inspire us, guide us and help us to be strong in times of doubt and uncertainty. Through yoga teachings Deities or Gurus can play this role of a hero for us. That is where devotion can have an important role. Devotion will let the devotee attain the qualities of the object of devotion, and the object of devotion then will live on inside the devotee. You can call it a reincarnated quality or embodiment through vibration.

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Bend So You Don’t Break

Bend So You Don’t Break

Flexibility is often sought after through yoga. Usually the first introduction to yoga is the flexibility in the body that arises through āsana practice but there is also flexibility gained in the mind. Flexibility is defined as the quality of bending easily without breaking, the ability to be easily modified or willingness to change or compromise.

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Student Spotlight

Student Spotlight

Laura Mangen from WEAVE youth and community services What made you first start wanting to practice yoga? I was coming out of a long chronic health...

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Commitment in Life

Commitment in Life

Back in April we graduated our first ever Krama Sādhanā Teacher Training. There were 11 curious, dedicated and passionate students of yoga who are...

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