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6 Steps To Developing Resolute Determination

By Hari-kirtana | January 3, 2018

I used to tell people that I don’t make New Years resolutions. I told myself that, too, but the truth is every year I made a few without telling anyone. Being secretive about them was a way to give myself an out if I didn’t follow through on them. Over the past few years I’ve gotten a lot better at […]

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From Russia With Love

By Hari-kirtana | December 22, 2017

My first opportunity to learn a second language came when I was in Junior High School, what we now call Middle School. Back then, Latin, Spanish, French, and German were the standard choices and perhaps they still are. By the will of providence, my school district offered the rare opportunity to take Russian. I have both a penchant for novelty […]

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Understanding the Fluctuations of the Mind

By Hari-kirtana | December 22, 2017

In his Yoga-sutras, Patanjali defines yoga as the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind. Curiously, yoga philosophy thinks of the mind as a form of matter. It’s subtler than what we normally think of as ‘matter’ in that it’s a metaphysical aspect of the physical world. One way to understand the mind is to visualize it as if it […]

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7 Great Strategies for Reading Yoga Wisdom Texts

By Hari-kirtana | December 22, 2017

You’ve probably had students ask you which translation of the Yoga Sutras or the Bhagavad Gita you think they should read. It’s great when our students want to explore yoga’s philosophical foundations. But it’s disheartening if we hear later that they stopped reading because they couldn’t get past the first chapter without feeling lost. Reading translations of ancient Sanskrit texts […]

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Why Does ‘Bhakti’ Mean Different Things to Different People?

By Hari-kirtana | December 22, 2017

Question: In the course of studying yoga and visiting different spiritual communities, I’ve come to find that there are a lot of different conceptions of what bhakti-yoga is and what bhakti is meant to teach us. Would you please explain why these differences exist and what those differences are? Answer: Bhakti does indeed play different roles in different schools of […]

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5 Keys to an Effective Dharma Talk

By Hari-kirtana | November 27, 2017

More and more practitioners are looking to yoga as much for sparks of inspiration, knowledge, or wisdom, as they are for a workout. And more and more yoga teachers are feeling inspired to share their personal realizations as they expand their knowledge of yoga philosophy. One way you can share the wisdom of yoga is through a short ‘Dharma Talk’ […]

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