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8 Yoga Poses that Kindle Gratitude on Thanksgiving

Start your Thanksgiving day with 8 yoga poses that inspire gratitude. For the best results, hold each pose for five to ten breaths. 1. Mountain Pose with Raised Hands (Urdva Hasta Tadasana) This welcoming, powerful pose kindles gratitude as you open your heart and stand grounded in receptivity. Feel hopeful and grateful for all your …

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I’m a Neurologist. Here’s why I trained as a yoga teacher.

  Roople Unia is a practicing neurologist and fellowship trained in movement disorders and cerebral vascular disorders, and now a yoga teacher too. Why? Following the recent Sri Sri Yoga Teacher Training we had the opportunity to ask this very question. Roople is passionate about practicing medicine but realised in order to support her patients …

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The Gifts of Yin Yoga: A Balance to an Active Life and Practice

The yoga practice of your dreams What if you could listen to dharma teachings and receive the benefits of being in a yoga posture? What if you could calm the nervous system and enhance your energy at the same time? What if you could practice meditation and yoga simultaneously? What if you could find a …

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The Practice: Why Become a Yoga Teacher?

    Considering becoming a yoga teacher? A desire to become a yoga teacher, in itself, is a blessing. By becoming a yoga teacher, you learn to take proper care of yourself and teach others to take proper care of themselves. It’s a great way to rapidly progress on a spiritual path. You get a …

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The Practice: Sri Sri on the Nature of the Yogi

Yoga is so much more than exercise — it’s a way of being. Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar shares his thoughts on the far-reaching impact of yoga on the body, mind, and spirit, and the true nature of the Yogi.    A disease-free body, a violence-free society, a confusion-free mind, a inhibition-free intellect, …

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The Practice: Sarajean Rudman on the Power of Yoga and Ayurveda

Yoga and Ayurveda, to the new practitioner, might seem complicated, but although both practices are deeply rooted in the traditional spiritual wisdom and practices of India, you don’t have to overhaul your entire life to make room for them. Incorporating even the smallest concepts from yoga and Ayurveda into your routine can have far-reaching effects …

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In the News: 2017 Best Detox Program

We are delighted to share with you our exciting news…Organic Spa Magazine recently awarded our Shankara Ayurveda Spa the “Best Detox Program” in the United States! Here’s why: Best Detox Program “Originally built as a Transcendental Meditation Retreat Center by a follower of the Beatles’ Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, this bucolic 381-acre property outside Charlotte, NC, …

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The Practice: 7 Reasons to Go to a Yoga Festival

  At the Art of Living Retreat Center, we know the power of immersion. Setting aside a time to actively focus on loving and nurturing yourself, whether it’s through rest, silence, meditation, an Ayurvedic cleanse, or yoga, is an intensely healing and empowering practice. Yoga festivals are one of many ways to make time for …

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Exploring Wisdom: The Digital Diet

  Mile marker 273. That’s when the shift happens. It’s so overwhelming that I have to look for markers to designate where I am. I know it is mile marker 273 because that sign is now one of my touchstones. I turn the curve in the road, and the mountain range opens up before me. …

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Exploring Wisdom: Nora Benian on Yin Yoga and the Path to Surrender

  Yoga, as many practitioners can attest, is so much more than a physical practice. Yin Yoga is a series of restorative and energizing postures that are held for a longer time, healing and opening the soul just as profoundly as the body. We recently spoke with Nora Benian, RYT-500, Yoga Therapist & Instructor, and …

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