Yoga vs Religion

Yoga is not a religion.  The practice of yoga has it's roots in India and it shares some commonalities with Hinduism as well as many other world religions, but it is not a religion.  Yoga is a methodology, a system of practices that heighten the practitioners self awareness, connection with life (people, animals, the earth and life force-the breath) and connection with God.  The practices of yoga include moral and ethical guidelines (yamas) which lay a foundation for how to…

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Be Yourself, Be Different

I have been reminded more than once recently, through church sermons, my yoga practice and in recreational readings, of the importance of being true to ourselves.  God created each of us to a unique purpose, with unique gifts, talents and interests to serve one another for the greater good of the whole.  How often do we talk harshly to ourselves, reminding ourselves of our faults, flaws and mistakes?  How often do we compare ourselves to others, hoping to change to…

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Touch the Miracle

"Enlightenment is always there. Small enlightenment will bring great enlightenment. If you breath in and are aware that you are alive-that you can touch the miracle of being alive-then that is a kind of enlightenment. Many people are alive but don't touch the miracle of being alive." Thich Nhat Hanh

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Everything and Nothing

Yoga literally translates as yoking, meaning union or connection.  This connection is meant to be with the higher self or spirit and with God.  I also believe it means a connection and respect for all life. More than that yoga is freedom and liberation. In the words of Patanjali (yogic philosopher credited with writing the first yogic text), yoga is the stilling of the restlessness of the mind. Yoga is peace, kindness, joy and gratitude. Yoga is breath and movement.…

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