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‘Refresh!’ Your Mind

‘Refresh!’ Your Mind

‘Refresh!’ – an internet correspondent told me, when I questioned him for info that, unknown to me, he had just updated.  Having navigated to his page while he was uploading, I wasn’t aware that, seconds later, I was staring at an outdated page. 

Yoga On and Off the Table: You are How You Eat

Yoga On and Off the Table: You are How You Eat

  Yoga, essentially a way to mental harmony, clarity, and liberation, keeps, at the same time, a vigilant eye on physical health.  Mind being a dependent part and parcel of this body, this rather makes sense. The strong concentration that leads to yogic insight is a mental power that, as anyone who has done an [&hellip

Doorway Through the Eight Branches of Yoga

To see, is to look with eyes wide-awake, through a mind clear as glass. By Miriam Sophie There is something about doorways that tickles my mind into contemplative whirlwind mental journeys. Living in Kyoto, sacred gates, the predecessors of doorways, allow me to keep up a constant mental dance of stepping back and over and [&hellip

SEEING THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS: To see, is to look with eyes wide-awake, through a mind clear as glass

  There is something about doorways that tickles my mind into contemplative whirlwind mental journeys.  Living in Kyoto, sacred gates, the predecessors of doorways, allow me to keep up a constant mental dance of stepping back and over and through borders and worlds, a limitless hop-skotch game of transformation. Evolution, for the simple recognizing of [&hellip

Going out on a limb: Pratyahara, The fifth branch of Ashtanga Yoga (continued)

By Miriam Stollar If asana is the opening of the door, and pranayama is the going through the door, pratyahara is the first step on the other side of the door, onto the subtle ground of the way of yoga. Pranayama is the key to the door, that which lets us experience for ourselves the [&hellip

Stepping Through the Door; Pranayama, Fourth Branch of Ashtanga Yoga

By, Miriam Stollar Spring is blossoming all over this hemisphere of the world, a great time to really appreciate that same renewing life energy that invigorates us every single moment.   Take the time to let the body soak in that long inhalation, enjoy the sensation of that exhalation, whether in your asana practice, or [&hellip

Ashtanga Yoga: Asana and Pretzel Yoga

by Miriam Stollar   Do you ever ask yourself, ‘What, really, is this?!’ as you twist or turn into a yoga position that has your body trying to remind you that you really aren’t meant to be reborn as a pretzel

Stories from the Dhuni

Stories from the Dhuni

By Miriam Stollar     A dhuni is the campfire of a sadhu, or ascetic, in India.  It is both a sacred and respected space, and his cooking, sleeping, and hosting space, and, as his only ‘home,’ it is the very essence of his impermanent and ascetic life.   

Back to the Basics- the Niyama of Ashtanga Yoga

By Miriam Stollar So, who remembers the five Yama? (See last issue of Yoga Bean Magazine)   No, this does not refer to the five mountains, for anyone who didn’t read the last issue of Yoga Bean, but does speak Japanese.  These are rather the five ‘Restraints,’ the first of the eight branches of the [&hellip

Back to the Basics- the Yama of Ashtanga Yoga

Back to the Basics- the Yama of Ashtanga Yoga

By Miriam Stollar Reflecting on this events of this past month and on the coming season, I decided it was a time to take a deep breath and go back to the basics