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Newsletter December, 2011

In this issue:

Unlimited yoga during December for $25

Liven up your holiday spirit and enjoy unlimited level 1 yoga classes during December for only $25. Please visit the schedule page on my website for the current schedule. Contact me via phone or email if you would like to sign up.

Pranayama/Meditation Intensive Dec 6-18

If your yoga practice is limited to just asana (physical postures), you are missing out on some of the most beneficial aspects of a fully integrated yoga practice. Join me for this pranayama/meditation intensive and take your yoga to a new level!

  • When: Tuesday, December 6 - Sunday, December 18, 2011
  • Time: 6:00 – 7:30 AM
  • Location:
    3000 Bearcat Way, Suite 112, Morrisville, NC 27513 (off Aviation Parkway)
  • Commitment: A firm commitment to follow this schedule and attend every day (except in an emergency).
  • Fee: $85

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Ahimsa (Non-violence)

The word Ahimsa is a composite of "himsa" with the prefix "a". In Sanskrit, the prefix "a" usually signifies the absence or negation of the term that follows the prefix. The word "himsa" means violence or causing injury or harm. So, "ahimsa" means non-violence or non-injury. It is interesting to note that Patanjali does not provide a definition for any of the terms that are used for the yamas and the niyamas.

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Satya (Truthfulness)

Sage Vyasa defines Satya as "speech and mind conforming to reality as seen, inferred or heard". In this statement, "seen, inferred or heard" correspond to the three modes of right knowledge (pramana) as given in sutra 1.7. "Seen" corresponds to "pratyaksha" and thus includes information received through all the five senses - touch, smell, taste, sight and hearing.

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Yoga in the News

How Meditation Benefits The Brain

A new brain imaging study led by researchers at Yale University shows how people who regularly practise meditation are able to switch off areas of the brain linked to daydreaming, anxiety, schizophrenia and other psychiatric disorders.

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Yoga for Chronic Low Back Pain

93 (60%) patients offered yoga attended at least 3 of the first 6 sessions and at least 3 other sessions. The yoga group had better back function at 3, 6, and 12 months than the usual care group.


Teaching Doctors to Be Mindful

There has been a growing awareness among doctors that being mindful, or fully present and attentive to the moment, not only improves the way they engage with patients but also mitigates the stresses of clinical practice.


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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