Embracing Asteya: Cultivating Non-Stealing in Yogic Practice
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by YogaRenew Teacher Training
6d ago
In the ancient practice of yoga, Asteya is a key principle that extends beyond the physical postures to influence our daily lives and interactions. Derived from Sanskrit, Asteya means “non-stealing,” and it encompasses much more than just refraining from taking what isn’t ours. It involves cultivating a sense of contentment, gratitude, and integrity. In this blog post, we will explore the significance of Asteya within yogic practices and how embracing this principle can lead to a more balanced and fulfilling life. Understanding Asteya in Yoga Asteya is the third Yama in the Yoga Sutras of ..read more
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Embracing Satya: The Truth of Yogic Practice
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by YogaRenew Teacher Training
1w ago
In the rich tradition of yoga, Satya holds a significant place as one of the fundamental Yamas outlined in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Satya, derived from Sanskrit, translates to “truth” or “truthfulness.” This principle is not just about speaking the truth but also about living in alignment with our highest values and authentic self. In this blog post, we will explore the essence of Satya within yogic practices and how embracing this principle can transform both our yoga practice and daily life. Understanding Satya in Yoga Satya is the second Yama in the Yoga Sutras, following Ahimsa (no ..read more
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Embracing Ahimsa: The Heart of Yogic Practice
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by YogaRenew Teacher Training
1w ago
In the realm of yoga, Ahimsa stands as a cornerstone principle, embodying the essence of non-violence and compassion. Derived from Sanskrit, Ahimsa translates to “non-harming” or “non-violence.” This profound concept transcends the physical practice of yoga, permeating our thoughts, words, and actions. In this blog post, we will explore the significance of Ahimsa within yogic practices and how embracing this principle can lead to a more harmonious and fulfilling life. Understanding Ahimsa in Yoga Ahimsa is the first of the Yamas, the ethical guidelines outlined in the ancient yogic text, th ..read more
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Honoring Juneteenth Through the Practice of Yoga
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by YogaRenew Teacher Training
3w ago
Juneteenth, celebrated on June 19th, marks the emancipation of the last remaining enslaved African Americans in the United States. This significant day in American history is a time for reflection, education, and celebration of freedom and African American culture. One meaningful way to honor Juneteenth is through the practice of yoga, which can offer both physical and mental benefits while providing an opportunity for mindful reflection on the past and present. The Significance of Juneteenth Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, commemorates the moment in 1865 when Uni ..read more
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International Day of Yoga: Celebrating a Global Practice
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by Melanie Rodriguez
3w ago
International Day of Yoga: Celebrating a Global Practice The International Day of Yoga was established by the United Nations on December 11, 2014, and is observed annually on June 21. This day honors the ancient practice of yoga and its holistic benefits for mind, body, and spirit. Origins and Significance The proposal for International Day of Yoga was introduced by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi. In his address to the United Nations, Modi emphasized, “Yoga is an invaluable gift from our ancient tradition. Yoga embodies unity of mind and body, thought and action … a holistic appr ..read more
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Why Do We “Om” in Yoga Class?
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by Lisa Bermudez
3w ago
When I was in high-school, I had a friend who had a tattoo of the symbol of “Om” on her arm. It always intrigued me because it was such a captivating image and I’d never seen anything like it before. When I asked her what it meant, she said that it was “the sound that the universe makes” and right then and there I was hooked. I’d dabbled in yoga classes throughout high school and college, and eventually started my 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training program. This is where I really got to study the meaning of “Om” and also chant it and feel its vibrations both through my own voice and in the yoga ..read more
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The Sun Was Our First Teacher (The Origin of Sun Salutations)
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by Lisa Bermudez
1M ago
Sun Salutations: Origins and the Sun as The Teacher Sun Salutations are one of the main parts of a Vinyasa Yoga class that have always fascinated me because of the love/hate relationship I have with this series of asanas (yoga poses). When I first started practicing yoga, I remember struggling with Chaturanga, getting confused over Updog, and feeling so out of sync with my breath in the movement of it all. However, I kept going back to yoga classes because the Sun Salutations only took up a small portion of class, and I always knew the standing poses were coming immediately after them. After ..read more
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LGBTQ+ Spaces in Yoga: A Journey of Inclusivity and Acceptance
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by YogaRenew Teacher Training
1M ago
In recent years, the yoga community has witnessed a significant transformation in its approach towards inclusivity and diversity. Among the various facets of this evolution, the emergence of LGBTQ+ spaces within the yoga realm stands out as a testament to the progressive spirit of this ancient practice. Let’s delve into the rich history of LGBTQ+ spaces in yoga, tracing their roots, milestones, and the ongoing journey towards creating safe and welcoming environments for all practitioners. Ancient Origins: Yoga, with its origins deeply rooted in ancient Indian philosophy and spirituality, has t ..read more
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Yoga for Hiking
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by Lisa Bermudez
1M ago
Whether you’re going on an all day, strenuous hike or a short, flat easy hike, getting into some yoga asanas (poses) for a few minutes can be incredibly beneficial. Hiking presents a unique blend of challenges and rewards, pushing your body and mind through different terrains and elevations. As a hiker, embracing yoga asanas and some yogic concepts can enhance your experience, making each step steadier and each breath deeper. Why Yoga on a Hike? Before setting out, it’s important to prepare your body for the demands of hiking. Yoga can be a powerful tool for this, addressing key areas such as ..read more
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Yoga for a Rainy Day
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by Melanie Rodriguez
1M ago
Whether you enjoy rainy days, whether you’d prefer the sun, or whether you are neutral towards the rain… the energy of a gray, rainy day tends to be a little bit slower with a calling to go inward (or at least stay inside). If we look to the guiding principle of ayurveda, “like increases like, opposites create balance,” rainy days are cold, wet, and have a lot of movement (think flowing water and sometimes gusting winds). Therefore, our practice should be one that keeps us warm, dry, and stable. Since rainy days generally call for us to stay indoors, it’s the perfect time for us to invite in p ..read more
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