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A Course in Meditation

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Meditation is an all encompassing term for just about anything requiring deeper thought, feeling or reflection. In it’s most general sense, meditation may be spiritual or mundane. We can meditate on the meal we just ate or the meaning of life. For our purposes, lets focus our definition a bit, and say meditation is reflecting read more…

Are props really cheating?

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After a recent extensive workshop revolving around the use of props the final comment I got was, ‘I still feel like using props is cheating’. Personally I have no idea why, but in some circles the idea of using anything to help them do yoga is so strongly ingrained that they prefer to flounder for read more…

There Is Something About Kiev

Andrey training in Kiev with Jaakko and Artyom and behind is our friend and teacher Vitold

 Andrey in Kiev with friends Jaakko and Artyom, behind is their friend and teacher Vitold Kuvshinov YH note: The following is a republication with permission of an article by Yuval Avalon. Prompted by the number of highly talented handbalancers coming out of the Kiev circus school, he asked his friend Andrey Moraru, who studied there, about read more…

Andrey Moraru On the Spiritual Art of Handbalancing

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Q: Can you tell us a little about your history with handbalancing? A: it’s hard to give precise answer in a short amount of time but I will give a short summary of how I got started. It begun as gravitating towards doing things that made me feel good. I didn’t have plans or ambitions read more…

Swami Swahananda Memorial

Swami Swahananda

On oct 19, 2012 my beloved guru Swami Swahananda of the Vedanta Society of Southern California passed away. Swami Swahananda was a unique figure in spirituality in many ways. He was a very natural man, he didn’t play act his spirituality, he was his spirituality. Compared to many other teachers, he didn’t have a lot read more…

Developing a complete training program

One thing that originally attracted me to yoga, was the idea of a complete system of physical, mental and spiritual practice. So if one were to devise a system of physical fitness for themselves or others, what would it need to be complete, i.e. well rounded? I think the following is a good general list. read more…

Simple Indian Club Exercises – Staff Sergeant Moss

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  Simple Indian Club Exercises by Staff Sergeant Moss is just what it says, a very simple set of Indian Club exercises that anyone can start with. Mike Simpson has found a copy of this rare Indian Club swinging booklet and made it into a pdf freely available. Most of the old books from Indian read more…

Andrey Moraru – Handbalance

Every once in a while something comes along that combines all the elements in just the right way. This performance by Andrey Moraru is one of those rare gems. He perfoms with lightness and a spontenatiey that is rare in the world of handbalancing routines. He blurs the lines between dance, circus, yoga and tai read more…

Swami Vivekananda – How Yoga Won the West

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Ann Louise Bardach has recently written an article for the New York times giving a brief introduction to Swami Vivekananda. Swami Vivekanda’s thoughts have been very influential not only in his native India but worldwide. Arguably he was the first personality to widely disseminate yoga in the west, though as the article clearly points out in read more…