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The Ayurvedic Effects of Asana Practice

The Ayurvedic Effects of Asana Practice

According to the philosophy of Yoga, the physical body is a manifestation of consciousness. It is a crystallization of karmic (behavioral) patterns created by the mind. The key to working with the body, therefore, is to understand the consciousness behind it, much of which lies outside our ordinary awareness.

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24 Gurus of Dattatreya : Nature is the Greatest Teacher

24 Gurus of Dattatreya : Nature is the Greatest Teacher

Once, while Dattatreya was roaming in a forest happily, he met King Yadu, who on seeing Dattatreya so happy, asked him the secret of his happiness and the name of his Guru. Dattatreya said that the Atman alone was his Guru, and yet, he had learned wisdom from 24...

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Forgiveness:  A talk given by Dr. Fred Luskin

Forgiveness: A talk given by Dr. Fred Luskin

In this talk Dr. Luskin outlines the procedure for forgiveness. This talk was transcribed (with some editing for clarity and brevity) almost verbatim from a video which was recorded on a zoom call.

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Ayurvedic herbs and six tastes

Ayurvedic herbs and six tastes

Tastes is important and has direct effect on bodily doshas. According to Ayurveda, each food and each herb, medicinal herb has a specific taste. When the tastes are used in the proper amount, individually and collectively, they bring about balance of our bodily systems.

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5 Tips for Tending a Winter Garden

5 Tips for Tending a Winter Garden

There’s five simple ways to extend your growing season into the winter, or even all the way through until spring. We hope you enjoy these simple tips. Happy gardening!

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Your Heart Coherence

Your Heart Coherence

According to the observation of Heartmath of Doc Childre and Deborah Rozman, Phd. in the book: “Transforming Stress” our technological world “speeds up our sense of time and results in mental overload, emotional reactivity and overproduction of stress hormones. This creates a deficit of coherence, harmony and fulfillment, because there is not enough heart brought in to balance the mind. “

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6 Ayurvedic Tips for Winter Wellness

6 Ayurvedic Tips for Winter Wellness

This time of the year, colds are common in people. Symptoms include runny nose, cough, congestion, headache, drowsiness, and an achy body. In Ayurveda, colds are viewed as a kapha and vata disorder. Kapha is due to the congestion qualities (cool, moist properties in...

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Increase Prana for Stress Relief

Increase Prana for Stress Relief

Stress is a subjective feeling, when you feel that your survival is being threatened. You cannot avoid stress. Yoga teaches us how to increase prana so we can respond to stress properly, in a better manner. Stress Resilience Stress resilience is our capacity to be...

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Swami Sivananda’s Guide on How to Overcome Depression

Swami Sivananda’s Guide on How to Overcome Depression

It is very easy to overcome depression. It is not at all as difficult as one imagines. Mind has the mysterious power of magnifying a problem and making it appear formidable. Do not listen to the promptings of the mind. Reject them ruthlessly and throw them out. Here...

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History of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm

History of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm

Grass Valley, California, USA Swami Vishnu-devananda (1927-1993) was an accomplished yogi from India sent by his guru (Swami Sivananda — a modern day Himalayan saint and author of over 300 books) to North America in 1957 to spread the methods and teachings of Yoga....

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Permaculture in Spiritual Community

Permaculture in Spiritual Community

What is the role of permaculture in a yoga community based on 86 acres of agricultural land? This is an excerpt from an online article published by Permaculture Magazine.

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We Are Moving From Darkness to Light

We Are Moving From Darkness to Light

Yoga offers us valuable guidance on our journey towards peace of mind. The formula is simple and can be described as a way of working with the three gunas or qualities of nature: 1) break through the tamas; 2) calm down the rajas; and 3) nourish the sattva.

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Peace of Mind is Happiness

Peace of Mind is Happiness

Swami Vishnudevananda tells the story of a man who is seated under a tree in a desert. The tree gives him shade and a little cool breeze. All around he is surrounded by white sand.

As the sun starts to rise on the horizon, he starts to get thirsty and becomes more and more dehydrated. Still he sits in the shade of the tree.

Soon, his desire for water becomes important to his very existence. He sees a beautiful, shimmering lake in the distance. Waves. Ripples. What is that?

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Yoga Training to Uplift Yourself

Yoga Training to Uplift Yourself

We have been instructed to first put the oxygen mask on ourselves in case of emergency on a flight, then put it on others who can not do it themselves.
In the same manner, you need to uplift yourself and help yourself first before helping others.

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Yoga and Healing

Yoga and Healing

This podcast is an a webinar by Swami Sitaramananda from 2016.  Swamiji discusses Yoga and Healing and how holistic healing of body, mind, and spirit can happen through the practice of yoga asana, pranayama, relaxation, and meditation.

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Yoga and Karma

Yoga and Karma

Swamiji shares that karma means action and comes from our desires.  Our actions from the past will result in our present situation. 

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What is the Meaning of life?

What is the Meaning of life?

Swami Sivananda says that Life is an expression of something higher.  Life is joy, life is a conscious stream, life is a voyage. 

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Steps to Peace of Mind

Steps to Peace of Mind

This podcast is a webinar by Swami Sita from 2013 on steps to peace of mind and how it is like a lake with waves.

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Karma, Dharma, and Sadhana

Karma, Dharma, and Sadhana

This life is a karmic life. We are very restless beings and are bound by our karma. Karma means action or more specifically our thoughts and desires.

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How to Progress on the Spiritual Path

How to Progress on the Spiritual Path

In this podcast, Swami Sitaramananda will explain the criteria to determine if you are progressing and what the point of progressing is. In our life we want to develop and grow our potential.

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What is the Mind and How to Control it

What is the Mind and How to Control it

When the mind is still our internal vision becomes strong and we can experience peace. There is a direct relationship between our state of mind and our connection with self.

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Swami Sitaramananda

Swami Sitaramananda is a senior disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda and acharya of the US West Coast centers and Ashram.  Swamiji is also the acharya of the Sivananda mission in Asia, especially in Vietnam, where she hails from.

Swami Sita met Swami Vishnudevananda at the Val Morin Yoga Camp in 1981 and had served in the headquarters ashram in Canada for 6 years before Swamiji sent her to many different centers and ashrams, notably San Francisco center in 1989 and from 1995 as full-time director of Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm in Grass Valley, CA.

Swami Sitaramananda has taught many international Teachers’ Training Courses in California, Vietnam, China, Taiwan and India.

Swamiji is the author of a Positive Thinking Manual, Essentials of Yoga Practice and Philosophy, (translated into Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese) and Swamiji Said: A Collection of Teachings by Swami Vishnudevananda in His Own Words.  Swami Sita is responsible for the Vietnamese translation of The Completed Illustrated Book of Yoga by Swami Vishnudevananda.

A selection of Swamiji’s audio lectures on Yoga Life, articles, and webinar presentations are available on this blog.

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