Finding Balance

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Proprioception, as defined by Miriam-Webster, is the reception of stimuli produced within the organism. Proprioception literally is a state of self awareness. It is as simple as understanding where individual parts of our anatomy reside in relation to space, such as having your arm raised above your head or dangling at your side. Why this is important in yoga is because yoga is all about awareness. Yoga specifically uses the body to increase awareness.

Long before the invention of modern footwear, ...

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Listen to Your Body

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Our bodies are vehicles that allow us to move freely, explore the earth, and get from A to B. However, we rarely listen to them. I fell in love with yoga history and philosophy during yoga teacher training, because its leaders advocated for people to tune into their bodies, respect them and condition them. Part of a text written by Patanjali in 400 CE, looking at the 8 Limbs of Yoga, explains the practice of Ahimsa-or non-violence towards the self ...

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The Power of Presence

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Man praying on the ganges in india
I remember my first yoga class. Perhaps it might seem ironic that it was in a tiny room of a Christian church. But there was something different about this particular room. Moments before, my footsteps had echoed loudly while climbing the stone stairs. But upon entering this room in particular all sound had suddenly become absent. At first, naturally, I attributed it to the carpeting, ...

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Students feed back after a Yoga teacher training

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Students speak after a Yoga teacher training with Sequoia 

“A feeling of self empowerment, renewal and understanding that yoga is a way of life, thank you for helping me remember to love my self ”

“ I learnt more then I could imagine and most important learnt to listen to my inner guidance”

“I joined the program to deepen my knowledge of Yoga and did not expect ...

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The Healing power of Sound

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Healing defined in the dictionary “To make or become sound or whole”

Sound has been associated with creation, what ever ancient text you look in the beginning of time sound was the vehicle to what moved and created energy. The bible quotes “In the beginning was the word”. From India’s Vedic scriptures comes the term Nada Brahaman which means “the primal sound of being ” or “being itself”

All things in life vibrate due to the ...

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Smoke, drink and then finding YOGA breath In a new perspective

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So there I was, travelling solo in India, a young woman at the fresh age of 23, struggling to find my purpose and place in society.  I found myself caught up in the social evils of life like smoking and drinking to avoid looking too deep within. I would always smoke whatever I could, and in India it’s easy to meet many friends who want to join you.  There are “Babas” who have renounced life and wander homelessly, partaking in ...

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