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On History

by Tulsi Laher, B.A., C-IAYT
March 2018

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Time is interwoven in the events of history. There is a continuum threading figures like Bharata, David, Xerxes, and Marcus Aurelius. Through the ages events leading up to present day, when viewed objectively, aid in gaining a complete perspective. Elemental to man is the ambition for new attainment, adventure, and advancement. Kings expanded their kingdom as a matter of course and in the Age of Discovery aimed at colonization and exploring new land. Education was for the privileged and not all classes of men had complete access to knowledge. This propensity of man to evolve can be recognized throughout the ages. It comes from a connection with the present moment, understanding the needs of a population of the time as well as those of other cultures whom we meet during commerce and exploration…Click here to read full inspiring article.

The Integration of Yoga

by Tulsi Laher, B.A., C-IAYT
December 2017

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Have you experienced more from yoga than strengthening your biceps? If you answered yes, we agree that yoga is more than building muscle and being flexible. Otherwise, everyone who is flexible would be considered a perfect yogi. Yoga requires integration of the body, mind, intelligence and the self with skill and dedication. While practicing an asana (pose) like Tadasana, we have to utilize the intelligence and seek out where there is disharmony, such as a pain in the foot or pain in the neck, sometimes both. Through integration, we discern where the disharmony is and make the necessary modifications so that the body can become peaceful. Then, the mind will be peaceful. In the Yoga Sutras, Patanjali speaks of samadhi parinama and ekagra parinama… Click here to read full inspiring article

On Attitude

by AT2 Acarya Monge USN, CFO Yoga Daya
November 2017

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Recently, while practicing Pranayama, I got onto the track of attitude. I was lying down and holding my breath half way through the inhale, at full breath, halfway through the exhale, and at full exhale. My body was uncomfortable and I became distracted. I could not focus on my breath because of cars outside, a wrinkle in the blanket beneath me, and I was uncomfortable. I eventually slipped into focusing on my mental arena instead of my body and surroundings, which became just background in my awareness. Thinking about all of the things I have to do and imagining ways to achieve what I have to accomplish became my thought train. My mind was simply going through the motions, like a boring job, completely uninteresting… Click here to read full inspiring article

Invocation to Patanjali


In “Light on Yoga Sutras of Patanjali” BKS Iyengar translates the invocation as: “Let us bow before the noblest of sages, Patanjali, who gave yoga for serenity and sanctity of mind, grammar for clarity and purity of speech, and medicine for perfection of health. Let us prostrate before Patanjali, an incarnation of Adisesa, whose upper body has a human form, whose arms hold a conch and a disc, and who is crowned by a thousand-headed cobra.”

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Prayer for Peace

The following prayer is a sanskrit slokam for peace. It is a reminder of how yoga helps us connect not only to ourselves through meditation, yet encourages us to develop kindness and compassion toward others so the mind becomes serene and benevolent. Download a printer-friendly version of the prayer.