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Newsletter April, 2016

In this issue:

Meditation Intensive – feedback from participants

... The second of these meditation intensive programs was completed a week ago. The program was very well attended, with over 30 participants joining and benefiting from the program. Each class includes brief segments of asana and pranayama practices as well as deep relaxation. However, the main focus is to understand what meditation is all about and how to build a personal meditation practice based on the techniques discussed in the class.

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Ashtanga Yoga (Eight Limbs of Yoga) (with audio)


For most people the word “yoga” (योग) brings to mind the image of a yoga model that appears on the cover of a yoga magazine in a pose that is almost impossible to get into for an average practitioner. Yoga is commonly practiced as a routine which helps in improving physical fitness and sometimes as a means to stress management. There is growing awareness that yoga can be effectively used as therapy in treating a variety of ailments, including hypertension, diabetes, heart conditions etc. Those who have been practicing yoga for a while can attest to the physical and physiological benefits that the practice brings.

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Easy steps to creating a podcast

As I wrote in a previous post, I have recently created a podcast page on my blog. I have now started adding podcasts from the audio recordings of the monthly workshops on various aspects of yoga philosophy that I have been offering for about two years now.

When I started researching on the net as to how to create podcasts, many different approaches came to surface. Since I use the Wordpress platform for my blog, I decided to narrow down the approaches that are applicable for wordpress. The whole process seemed a little bit daunting in the beginning. However, I was able to devote a little more time to my investigations when I had to cancel all my engagements during the "snow days" in January. I was able to use that time to research the net, try out a few approaches and finally settle on the one that I am using now.

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Recently added podcasts

Upcoming Programs

21-day Yoga Immersion, April 4-24

Virabhadrasana (Warrior2)
  • What: 21-day yoga immersion
  • When: Monday, April 4 - Sunday, April 24, 2016
  • Time: 6:00 AM - 7:30 AM
  • Where: 4000 Bear Cat Way, Suite 102, Morrisville, NC 27560
  • Cost: $125
  • Commitment:
    • A firm commitment to complete the program without missing a day
    • At the end of the program, continue the same practice at home for another 21 days to make it a life-long habit
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Surya Namaskara Yogathon (108 rounds), Saturday, April 2, 7-11:30 AM

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 philosophy workshop series – Sat, April 16, 2-4 PM

  • What: An Introduction to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
  • When: Third Saturday of the month
  • Next Session: Saturday, April 16, 2016
  • Focus: Introduction to Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
  • 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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Yoga for low back care with Jyoti

(A 6-week series)

  • When: Every Wednesday for six weeks
  • Next session starts: Wednesday, April 13, 2016
  • Time: 6:30 - 8:00 PM
  • Where: 4000 Bearcat Way, Suite 102, Morrisville, NC 27560
  • Fee: $120 (for full series, payable upon registration)
    • Registration required. Click here to fill out the student information and waiver form for Low Back Care program.
    • You can make payment on the first day of the program or via paypal here (scroll to the bottom of that page)
  • Instructor: Jyoti Shah
  • Contact: to sign up or if you have questions

    Jyoti Shah: 919-439-0377,

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    Yoga in the News

    This Is Why Meditation Makes You Feel Better

    Usually, “do nothing” is poor advice to follow if you want to feel better. Yet a strong body of literature now shows that meditation—the mindful art of doing nothing but sitting still—effectively relieves pain.

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    6 Ways Yoga Changes Your Brain

    Because of its grand claims about sharpening the mind-body connection, there are a whole lot of researchers and scientists out there trying to figure out what exactly happens in your brain when you do yoga.

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    Can meditation banish back pain?

    It might seem too good to be true that relief from that nagging back pain could be found in meditation and yoga. But a new study suggests this approach might be just as effective as cognitive behavioral therapy, a common technique involving relaxation and education. And both could be more effective than popping an over-the-counter pain reliever.

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    Neuroscientist Shows What Fasting Does To Your Brain & Why Big Pharma Won’t Study It

    "Fasting does good things for the brain, and this is evident by all of the beneficial neurochemical changes that happen in the brain when we fast. It also improves cognitive function, increases neurotrophic factors, increases stress resistance, and reduces inflammation."

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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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