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ISHTA Blog

ISHTA Tantra Yoga Sutras: Distractions

ISHTA Tantra Yoga Sutras

A weekly post introducing the forthcoming book The Yoga Sutras Through a Tantric Lens by Kavi Yogiraj Alan Finger and Yogiraj Wendy Newton. This blog post, written by Wendy Newton, is based on Alan Finger’s insight and years of work on the Yoga Sutras and highlights Alan’s phenomenal photography.

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Tips for a Happy, Healthy Hibernation

Happy Healthy Hibernation

As I write this I’m sitting on a cushion, swaddled in blanket next to a portable heater. My DVR is cuing up movies and my fridge is full of food. I don’t have many plans to leave the house—for the rest of the season! Winter is a tough time for socialization and activity. Like bears, humans naturally hibernate in the colder months and “spring” out again when the temperatures start to warm up.

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Practice Small Balancing Acts of Kindness

Balance

Inspired by the wisdom of nature, Ayurveda is the oldest continuously practiced health care system in the world. The word ‘Ayurveda’ comes from ‘Ayus’, meaning life (mind, body, senses and soul) and ‘Veda’ meaning science or knowledge. We can translate Ayurveda as “Science of Life”. According to this science we are all microcosms of the natural macrocosm. The five great elements found in nature are also found in each of us. We are all unique combinations of Ether, Air, Fire, Water and Earth.

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What is alignment, anyway?

Esther Palmer

Alignment is a bit of a buzz word in yoga these days, which makes me wonder what is alignment? Is it whatever a particular teacher or lineage says it is? Well, these days, yeah, it kind of is. Which I think is great, as long as those using the system understand the objectives of the alignment guides. “Alignment” as a category is an organizing principle within a system that keeps that system operating smoothly.

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The Influence of the Moon

Chandra Moon

Unlike Western astrology, which is Sun based, Vedic astrology is a Moon based system. The Moon or Chandra in Sanskrit, meaning illustrious, is considered supremely important because it is the indicator for the sub-conscious emotional mind. The Moon is who we think we are, but as we evolve, we come to realize that we are not our mind and we are not our emotions. The Moon is a reflection of the power of the soul or Atman, as represented by the Sun or Surya.

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ISHTA Tantra Yoga Sutras: Samadhi

ISHTA Yoga Sutras

A weekly post introducing the forthcoming book The Yoga Sutras Through a Tantric Lens by Kavi Yogiraj Alan Finger and Yogiraj Wendy Newton. This blog post, written by Wendy Newton, is based on Alan Finger’s insight and years of work on the Yoga Sutras and highlights Alan’s phenomenal photography.

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Study Group Chili

Study-Group-Chili

My husband Josh and our friend, Patricia, hosted a Yoga Study Group at our apartment last weekend. While they organized, I offered to do the cooking! I made my go-to Vegetarian Chili, along with Vegan Cornbread and Brown Rice. I served the meal family style, and we ate seated on floor pillows and bolsters. (That’s my idea of ambience!)

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Perseverance, Passion and Play: Astrological Happenings for February 2015

Vedic Astrology Forecast February 2015

For the first half of the month of February the planet Saturn and the sign Capricorn are the stars of the show. Capricorn is ruled by Saturn and as I write this blog, Mercury (the trickster) is transiting Capricorn retrograde. That is, it looks like it is moving backwards from the earth’s perspective. Mercury will turn direct on February 11th, but remain in Capricorn until March 8th.

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ISHTA Cooks: Top 6 Kitchen Essentials

Nikki Croes Kitchen Tools

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the kitchen supplies available today. From ice-cream makers to egg slicers, you can prepare just about anything with a special gadget. But it’s not necessary to have a cupboard busting with tools to create simple, healthy meals. All you need are a few essentials—that will easily fit into any NYC apartment!

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ISHTA Tantra Yoga Sutras: The Five Kleshas

The Five Kleshas

A weekly post introducing the forthcoming book The Yoga Sutras Through a Tantric Lens by Kavi Yogiraj Alan Finger and Yogiraj Wendy Newton. This blog post, written by Wendy Newton, is based on Alan Finger’s insight and years of work on the Yoga Sutras and highlights Alan’s phenomenal photography.

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