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Newsletter March, 2016

In this issue:

My new Podcast page/channel

I have been offering monthly workshops wherein I discuss various aspects of yoga philosophy... In order to preserve these talks for future reference, especially by the participants, I have been making an audio recording of these discussions and sharing them with the participants. I have now decided to share these audio recordings will all the readers of my blog who are interested in developing an understanding of the underlying concepts of yoga.

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Two healthy recipes

Quinoa Apple Breakfast Bake

Quinoa Apple bake

As always, we had a delightful breakfast get together with the participants of the currently ongoing pranayama intensive. Here is the recipe for the "Quinoa Apple Breakfast Bake" dish, shared by Cynthia.


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Quinoa Porridge for breakfast

Quinoa Porridge

Here is another recipe, shared by Nina, for a dish that we enjoyed during the recent breakfast get-together for the participants of the pranayama intensive.

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Marjarasana (Cat & Cow stretch) for a healthy back (video)

Cat Pose

Back pain, especially pain in the lower back, is perhaps the most common reason why people join a yoga class. Many people notice stiffness in the back when they wake up in the morning. Most stretches in a typical yoga routine are geared toward making the spine more flexible, stronger and healthy.

Marjarasana (cat and cow stretch) is a simple stretch that, when practiced regularly, can go a long way in keeping the spine healthy and pain free. In the yoga routine that I practice and teach, I start each asana (stretching) session with Marjarasana.

I hope you will enjoy practicing with this video sequence.

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Upcoming Programs

14-day Meditation Intensive

Padmasana (Lotus Pose)

I am pleased to announce the next Meditation Intensive. In this program, I plan to discuss the basic concepts of meditation and practice several of the meditation techniques. Most of the information that I will be sharing is based on the concepts discussed in Patanjali's Yoga Sutras and related classical yoga texts.

  • What: 14-day Meditation Intensive
  • When: Monday, March 7 - Sunday, March 20, 2016
  • Time: 6:00 – 7:30 AM
  • Location: 4000 Bearcat Way, Suite 102, Morrisville, NC 27560
  • Daily Routine: Light stretching (10-15 minutes), Pranayama (15 min), Relaxation (15 min), Meditation - discussion and practice (45 min)
  • Commitment: A firm commitment to follow this schedule and attend every day
  • Fee: $90
  • To register: fill out the registration form, providing information in all the fields, and submit it online

Yoga Philosophy Series

  • What: An Introduction to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
  • When: Third Saturday of the month
  • Next Session: Saturday, March 19, 2016
  • Focus: Introduction to Yoga Sutras of Patanjali; Definition of Yoga
    (see below for more details)
  • TIME: 2:00 - 4:00 PM
  • LOCATION: 4000 Bearcat Way, Suite 104, Morrisville, NC 27560
  • FEE: by voluntary donation
  • To register: please fill out the registration form
  • Audio recordings of previous sessions are available here

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Gentle Yoga with Jyoti, 8-week session

gentle yoga
Gentle Yoga

(8-week series)

  • When: Every Thursday for eight weeks
  • Next session starts: Thursday, March 10, 2016
    [Note: no class on March 24]
  • Time: 5:45 - 7:00 PM
  • Where: 4000 Bear Cat Way, Suite 102, Morrisville, NC 27560
  • Fee: $88 (for full series); $13 (drop-in)
    • Pre-registration recommended
  • Instructor: Jyoti Shah
  • Contact: to sign up or if you have questions

    Jyoti Shah: 919-439-0377,

    Subhash Mittal : 919-926-9717,

    Click here  to fill out the student information and waiver form for Gentle yoga.

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Surya Namaskara Yogathon - Sat, April 2

Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation)
  • Event: Surya Namaskar Yogathon (108 rounds of Sun Salutations)
  • Location: Hindu Temple (HSNC) 309 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC 27560; temple phone: (919) 481-2574
  • When: Saturday, April 2, 2016
  • Time: 7:00 AM to 11:30 AM (on-site registration starts at 6:30 AM)
  • Program Fee (donation to the temple - including veggie lunch): $15 with pre-registration or $20 on the day of the event; In addition, please try to find sponsors who might be willing to pledge money per round that you complete.
  • Program: Om chanting, invocation prayer, a brief discussion of the mantras associated with SN (a chart of SN is available on my website here), practice 108 rounds of Surya Namaskar accompanied by the chanting of beautifully rendered Surya Namaskar mantras, yoga nidra (deep relaxation), brief session of pranayama to balance out the flow of prana, closing chants.
  • Lunch: Vegetarian lunch will follow the event
  • To register: please fill out the registration form and submit it online. You may bring the payment check with you on the day of the event.

Yoga in the News

How Meditation Changes the Brain and Body

This month, a study published in Biological Psychiatry brings scientific thoroughness to mindfulness meditation and for the first time shows that, unlike a placebo, it can change the brains of ordinary people and potentially improve their health.

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Study finds adapted yoga feasible, beneficial for adults with traumatic brain injury

A research team, led by an IU School of Health and Rehabilitation faculty member at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, has determined that adapted yoga is both feasible and beneficial for adults with stroke or traumatic brain injury.

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How Yoga Can Help with Depression and Anxiety

New research has shown progress for those patients who utilize  yoga as a treatment. Bo Forbes is a clinical psychologist, yoga teacher and the founder of Integrative Yoga Therapeutics. IYT is a system that specializes in the therapeutic application of yoga for anxiety, insomnia, depression, immune disorders, chronic pain and physical injuries. 

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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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