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7 Ways to Become a Better Yoga Teacher

By Hari-kirtana | May 25, 2018

I was called to teach yoga by a desire to share the benefits that I experienced during the course of developing and deepening my own practice. If you’re a yoga teacher, I’m betting that your primary motivation for teaching is the same as mine. Almost every teacher I know arrives at their Yoga Teacher Training program with a desire to […]

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What does it mean to be ‘eternal’?

By Hari-kirtana | April 17, 2018

Q: During yoga classes, teachers often talk about how everything, with the exception of our eternal spirit, is impermanent. Using the word ‘eternal’ implies permanence so I just want to confirm my understanding that all is impermanent except for our eternal spirit. Is this a correct understanding? A: Yes, you’re understanding is correct: according to yoga philosophy, everything in the […]

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What Does The Bhagavad-Gita Say About Gay Marriage?

By Hari-kirtana | April 4, 2018

I’m often asked what traditional yoga wisdom texts have to say about homosexuality and gay marriage. ‘May all beings be happy and free’ is a traditional benediction that’s commonly recited in modern yoga classes. Given the all-inclusive nature of the benediction, one may take it for granted that yoga philosophy supports the rights of everyone – straight, gay, and otherwise […]

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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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