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Mantra Experience

My journal with mantra repetition started many years ago and I had a wonderful experience even though I didn’t have any clue what mantra was. Back them I thought it was a type of brainwash, prayer or cult. I was curious about the practice so I gave a shot and soon enough I understood it…
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The Sacred Syllable OM

By Brittany Martinez, LTY 200 Hour trainee/2017 The Scared Syllable OM goes way back past the early times of Sanskrit. It is said that reciting this vibrational sounds is the process of emergence from the unconscious realty to the diverse empirical world. Mantra-Yoga-Samhita explains this as, “Where an effect is experiences, there also is some…
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Yoga and Vegetarianism

By Jessi Koivukoski Lightrail Yoga 300 Hour Trainee Vegetarian diet causes less amount of harm to the planet and all creatures - Unity of all creation - I decided to start my essay quoting another book I recently started reading. It’s a book by Swami Visnudevananda called “Teachings on Yoga Life”. When I started writing this essay,…
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Taking a Step Back

One of the biggest hurdles in yoga can be the Ego. When your body is telling you to take it easy in your physical practice, your Ego is sitting on your other shoulder whispering, "Don't be lazy." The Ego tells you to bind your arms in a pose when that means collapsing your torso. It…
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THE GITA

Hola, at the last stretch of Ben & Radha's TT😊 It's been a lot of work, physically, spiritually and I can't wait to be able to have more time to read the books including the Bhagavad Gita. The Gita is to the Hindus like our Bible is to us. It is estimated to have been…
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Vegetarian Chili Recipe

1 large onion (yellow or white), chopped 1 bell pepper (red, yellow, or orange), chopped 1 medium yellow squash, chopped 1 (32-oz) can diced tomatoes 1 (15-oz) can dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed* 1 (15-oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed* 1 (8-oz) can tomato sauce 1 (8-oz) bag frozen corn* 1 (4.5-oz)…
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Sunday Saucha

Within the 8 limbs of Yoga (according to Patanjali's Yoga Sutra), there are five Niyamas, or internal restraints. Each acts as a sort of ethical guideline intended to help guide the practitioner toward the transcendental reality. Saucha, or purity, is about cleanliness, both internal and external. Saucha is achieved on an internal level through meditation…
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Meditation… What is that?

What is that? Books and wise people say it can be defined as “a state of consciousness characterized by stillness and inner calm where the ultimate goal is to attain the supreme spiritual peace”. Some say it is mental maintenance. I fully agree with the later explanation. Whether you want to reach supreme spiritual peace…
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