Recent Posts by Jessi Koivukoski

The Bhagavad Gita and Self-Realization

The Bhagavad Gita is a classic book of Indian Spirituality and it brings out many timeless teachings. It is a dialogue between a Warrior called Arjuna and his spiritual guide, Sri Krishna. The dialogue begins when Arjuna turns to Krishna to look for answers to the fundamental questions of life as he is about to…
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Alternate Nostril Breathing exercise

For the past weeks we have been practicing pranayama (=breathing exercise) called Alternate Nostril Breathing. At the beginning it was very hard for me and I was struggling with the exercise a lot. But, yet again, miracles happen in Yoga : )….this week we had a chance to change it to another pranayama exercise, however…
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Yes, Yoga can also be a lot of fun!

Thinking about going to Brazil to learn Yoga with LightrailYoga? Join us with the two amazing teachers, Radha & Benjamin,  May 24-30 2015!! I'll guarantee you'll learn a lot in the beautiful Rio de Janeiro! Both Radha and Benjamin have studied Yoga for  many years, but so have many other teachers. So why to choose LightrailYoga?…
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Teacher Training

So far we've gone through almost 3 months of TT and the time is really flying! The last two months, February and March, were extremely intensive and at some point I seriously thought I could not make it. And it was not only the TT, in addition I happened to go through many other changes…
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Is Yoga for everybody?

I would say yes it is. There are many different forms of Yoga. This helps you to choose the best form of practice based on your life situation and possible injuries from the past. A few weeks ago I wrote about the importance of listening to your body. Well, that has a lot to do…
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Vegetarian Diet

  If you want to be a true Yogi, you have to do your best to live according to the Eight Limbs of Yoga; the first one being Yamas (Ethical Disciplines). These Ethical Disciplines include ”Ahimsa” (non-harming). Ahimsa means that we should all be kind to each other, feel compassion, not to harm anybody and…
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Yoga makes you stronger!

  And by this, I don´t only mean our body strength or the physical aspects of Yoga, but the mental, the spiritual side of it. Yoga liberates us from fear. Yoga helps us to protect ourselves from the worldly things. It builds us stronger but with openhearted. It helps us to understand that we can…
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Listen to your body in Yoga

If you are a beginner attending your first Yoga class, you will most likely see other Yogis doing all kinds of crazy poses; hand and head stands, people upside down on the mat, etc. This might feel kind of intimidating at the beginning and maybe even make you want to try all those poses during…
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“Satya”, Truthfulnes

This time I´m continuing Debbie´s, my fellow trainees’, path in my blog. She explained beautifully about the first “Yama”, or the first Ethical Discipline in Yoga, called “Ahimsa” (non-harming). The second one is called “Satya”; being true to ourselves and others. For me this Yama is very close to my heart. I come from a…
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Patanjali, “Fallen Angel”, and his Yoga Sutras

Our training (Lightrail Yoga Teacher Training) is not only about physical exercise but a combination of the entire philosophy of Yoga. Among them being the study on Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Sutras, or verses, are said to be the first scriptures of Yoga. Patanjali literally means, “Fallen angel”, and they say he came to assist…
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Virabhadrasana = Fierce Mythical warrior

Warrior I is among the first asanas you learn when you start Yoga! It looks pretty easy but once you really start getting into all the details, you realize there are many things going on at the same time. But that's why I love it, you can always improve! Like the title says, Virabhadra is…
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Want to increase flexibility of your hips and pelvis?

  If so, Dandasana is a perfect asana for you!   Dandana, or Staff Pose, helps you to become more flexible and also improves your posture. For me it's very challenging to sit on the floor with my back straight as I'm used to sitting at work, at my office, for about 8-10 hrs/ day…
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Hatha-Yoga Symbolizes Life Force and Consciousness

During the teacher training, we study about the different forms of Yoga. Hatha-Yoga - one of the most common forms in the Western world - is known as the "forceful" yoga, which is exerted through postures and purification exercises. "Ha" means "Sun" and "tha" means "Moon". Sun and moon represent the joining of the body…
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