Yoga School

Essays on Yoga philosophy and practice for Michelle Marlahan’s Yoga School.

Reflections on a Restorative Yoga Practice

Reflections on a Restorative Yoga Practice

A rhythm developed of cycling through the dissolution into light dream, images flowing up from the depths unbidden, then awareness reemerging, and observing the flow of the mindstream – thoughts, internal sensations, external sensory impressions, all arising, then passing away – until again awareness dissolved back into the dreaming state.

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The Alchemy of Restorative Yoga

The Alchemy of Restorative Yoga

Catherine’s presentation on Restorative Yoga helped to clarify that this intentional calming and activation of the parasympathetic nervous system needs to be a central part of my personal practice.

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The Effort Effect

The Effort Effect

It occurred to me that the difference between the fixed and growth mindsets is incredibly important on the spiritual path.

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Asana as a Loving Practice

Asana as a Loving Practice

I understood in a flash that the practice of asana is an expression of love, of extending awareness and attention deeper and deeper into every portion of the body – both those parts of which we are fond, and the ones which have been asleep, frozen or neglected.

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On Satya, Part Two

In it’s essence, the heart of the technique is about sticking strictly to what I know to be true, which is to say my own direct experience.

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Surprised by Honesty

Surprised by Honesty

It seems like we swim in a sea of subjectivity, of opinions, of feelings colored by the moment that will shift as surely as the weather. It seems like the surprising shocks are generally more of the nature of opening a dark closet and revealing something dark that had been concealed behind platitudes and false smiles.

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