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The Language of Yoga

8 steps for building resilience

What we might call “bouncing back,” “rolling with the punches,” or “bending so we don’t break,” psychologists define as the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, or significant stress. These problems, as the APA American Psychological…

The Language of Yoga

Manifestation during times of uncertainty

One of yoga’s many teachings is unity—there is no separation between the doer, the act of doing, and that which is done. There is no difference between the yogini, the act of practicing yoga, and the poses themselves. After…

The Language of Yoga

Mudra: A full bucket is your birthright

In the yoga tradition, a mudra is a hand gesture or bodily symbol that is meant to cultivate a certain “bhavana,” or feeling-tone.  The word “mudra” literally means “seal,” as in, “to seal something in.” The implication is that…

The Language of Yoga

Mantra: A tool for the mind

From the Sanskrit root “manas,” meaning “mind,” and “tra,” which translates as “tool,” a mantra is literally a tool for the mind. Yoga classes today are full of affirmations and “OMs,” however these “mind tools” are anything but new.…

The Language of Yoga

On why we wake…

What is it that compels us to practice, even when it requires sacrifice, like dragging ourselves out of bed when we’d rather remain asleep? This essay examines why we dedicate ourselves despite the struggle, by exploring the question of…