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Newsletter January, 2011

21-day Yoga Challenge, January, 2011

Yes, the next 21-day Yoga Challenge is scheduled as follows:

  • When: Sunday, January 9 - Saturday, January 29, 2011
  • Time: 6:00 – 7:30 AM
  • Location: Kalasrishti - 3000 Bearcat Way, Suite 112, Morrisville, NC 27513 (off Aviation Parkway)
  • Fee: $115

If you would like to participate or get more information, please contact me.

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Does Yoga really mean union?

 The word "yoga" is derived from the Sanskrit root word "yuj" which, depending upon the context, can have several different meanings. See here for a list of nearly 40 different meanings of the word "yoga" from the dictionaries by V. S. Apte and Monier Williams (type the word "yoga" in the search box provided).

As you are perhaps aware that the most commonly understood meaning of yoga is "union". Most people would say that "yoga is the union of body, mind and soul". But, is that really the case?

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Can Pranayama control emotions?

Alternate nostril breath

We are all familiar with instances when our emotions can control the breathing rhythm. For example, when we are very angry or agitated, our breathing is very uneven, fast and shallow. When we are very sad, we breathe uneven, sobbing breaths. When we are calm or engrossed in some pleasant activity, like listening to some soulful music, our breathing is very gentle, even and soft. When we are trying to thread a needle, we naturally suspend our breathing as we attempt to move the thread through the hole. These examples demonstrate that our breathing pattern is a good indicator of the state of the mind that we are experiencing at a given time.

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Yoga in the News

Hindu man teaches yoga at a madrassa

Shortly after reciting 'Bismillah al-Rahman al-Rahim' from the Holy Quran, hundreds of students at a madrassa here fall in line for their first lesson of the day - yoga taught by a Hindu teacher.

Imdadul-Jamia-Uloom Madrassa in Karari town in Uttar Pradesh's Kaushambi district has introduced yoga lessons for its 600-odd students..

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What I Gained When I Lost Everything...

Fourteen years ago, at age 53, Michael Gates Gill was at the top of his game -- he had a lovely wife, an expensive home and a $160,000-a-year job in advertising. By age 63, he was divorced, unemployed and nearly broke -- then his doctor informed him that he had a slow-growing brain tumor

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92 Year old Yoga Teacher

Yoga masters come in all forms, but Tao Porchon-Lynch truly is one of a kind.

At 92 years old, Porchon-Lynch has not let her age (or a total hip replacement!) keep her from doing what she loves.

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Have a question/suggestion?

If you have a yoga-related question, please write to me and I would do my best to provide an answer in a timely manner. I would love to hear your suggestions for future newsletter articles.

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