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The Tao Teaching that can Cure our Addiction to Busyness

In my early career as a psychologist in academia, I valued being productive to the exclusion of other dimensions of myself. Outside of work, my relationships, play, and spiritual practice were of central importance to me. Yet I, and others around me, would have...

Recovering Natural Joy

Many of us think of joy as an experience we have when something special happens. We may plan specific activities, such as a vacation, some entertainment or dining out, that we think will bring us joy. This thinking is so prevalent in our culture that we don’t realize...

If Yoga was Meant to Enhance an Already Perfect Life, No One Could Benefit from It

Before I had any experience with Yoga—the practice, the principles, the lifestyle—I assumed it was for people who already had their act together. Those who could live life successfully and were looking to enhance what they already had. I pictured holy men in caves or...

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Running: A Moving Meditation

Running: A Moving Meditation

In March, I will be running a self-supported 108k trail “moving meditation” at Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville to honor Sri Gurudev Swami Satchidananda—the Woodstock Guru—during the 50th anniversary year of Woodstock. Although I have decades of experience running long...

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How Does a Yogi Prepare for Sunday’s Total Lunar Eclipse?

How Does a Yogi Prepare for Sunday’s Total Lunar Eclipse?

Are you getting ready for an epic moon event on Sunday? Overnight from Sunday, Jan. 20 into Monday, Jan. 21, millions of people in North and South America will have a prime view of a total lunar eclipse. During a special nocturnal hour, the full moon will become fully...

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If You are a Yogi, Should You Vote?

If You are a Yogi, Should You Vote?

With the upcoming elections, we wanted to share Swami Satchidananda's views on Yoga and political involvement. Even from the earliest days of his arrival in America, he encouraged his students to be responsible citizens and to vote. For example, one new student asked...

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Non-Action in the Midst of Action

Non-Action in the Midst of Action

Our spiritual dilemmas often revolve around deciding how to act in a difficult situation, when none of the choices feel quite right. A variation of this occurs when we struggle to distinguish between a higher, or divine, will and the will of our ego-mind.  This can be...

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How to Really Enjoy This World

When you are healthy and happy, you are at ease. But, you don’t remain that way always; you disturb it and then you call that dis-eased. There is meaning in your words, in your beautiful language. Diseased means you have disturbed your ease. That means you were...

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Yoga and Aging Gracefully: A Journey

Yoga and Aging Gracefully: A Journey

A few years ago, as I approached my 68th birthday, I begin typing words to describe what it feels like to age with Yoga as my support system. You see, I now have been practicing the art of Yoga for over five decades. It has always been the backdrop of virtually every...

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Yoga Mind

Yoga Mind

In this exclusive excerpt from her book Yoga Mind — Journey Beyond the Physical, 30 Days to Enhance your Practice and Revolutionize Your Life From the Inside Out , Suzanne Saraswati Colón shares the inspiration that led her to become an Integral Yoga teacher, apply...

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Bringing Yoga to Life

Bringing Yoga to Life

While the practice of Yoga has spread all over the world, it is generally understood to be movements done on a mat, which greatly limits how it is practiced. A more complete understanding of Yoga is to see it as a way of life rather than just a set of movements....

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What Do You Care About?

What Do You Care About?

Heike Amma Farkas, Integral Yoga Germany director, reflects on what her years of teaching and training Yoga teachers has taught her to care about. I don’t care, how long you have been practicing Yoga I want to know, how calm is your mind When your child cries, your...

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