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The Sunshine of your Heart

https://youtu.be/tceiKraaoYo Life is an unknown adventure. I have been dancing and teaching dance for 30 years, practicing Bhakti yoga for 20 years, and Hatha Yoga for 10. It has been an incredible path of self-discovering and healing for me all together. I was always very attracted to Mantra meditation and Kirtan, and it became one…
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Asana…

By Michael Ortiz, LTY trainee 2016 When looking at the 8-limbed approach of Astanga Yoga, the 1st limb we reach after the moral and ethical code (yama/niyama) is Asana.  Although the Asana practice is but briefly mentioned in the Yoga Sutras and even at that it is referring more to the seated posture for meditation, for…
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Yoga & Recovery

By Michael Ortiz, LTY trainee 2016 One of the primary reasons why I am completing the 200hr RYT training is to bring this amazing and inspiring practice to the recovery community and to share the gifts that I have received thru practicing Yoga. Having 12 years sober myself, I have lived through recovery with and without Yoga and I…
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The Business of Yoga

By Ashley Jugo, LTY trainee/2016 After having a discussion today with a fellow yogi from the teacher training, I learned about the business side of yoga. I hadn’t given much that to it, as business itself sounds so official and not such a yogic concern as yoga is about asceticism, non attachment to material things…
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Gentle Chakra Meditation

By  Christina A. Demetre, LTY trainee/2016 Make your way into a comfortably seated position. Gently close your eyes, and bring your awareness to your breath. Begin to soften into your body, and allowing your mind to ease. Connect with the ground below you. Allow yourself to feel the support.  With each inhale, feel it meet…
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My Yoga Experience with Lightrail Yoga Teacher Training

By Ashley Jugo, LTY trainee/2016 I cannot believe the teacher training is about to end. I am continuing to observe, assist, and teach classes. It was has been such a privilege to be part of Lightrail Yoga Teacher Training, to go on this journey discovering myself, my strengths, my weaknesses, and everything in between. I learned…
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Discernment vs Judgment

By Elena Gamez, LTY trainee/2016 Something that I constantly work at is not judging. Being judged doesn’t feel good. One would think that if one acknowledges this for oneself that it would be easy to not fall into the pattern of judging others, but sometimes we do so unconsciously. I believe this is one of…
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A tale of spirits and discovery

By Yamilet Guntin, LTY trainee/2016 Science is a beautiful thing, but spirit is both beautiful and necessary. I was born in a country that was surrounded by spirits, I remember my great grandmother going to her knees every night to pray her rosary but I also remember her telling me about the spirits that were all around us…
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Meditation and Controlling the Restless Mind

By Carolita Hernandez, LTY trainee/2016 A beginner's journey into finding stillness in a windstorm Developing a sound meditation practice has been at the top of my "to do" list for a while.  At different points of my life I have attempted to nudge myself into a regular habit of meditation, knowing good and well that I would…
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Injury As Practice

By Christina Demetre, LTY trainee/2016 The last few years I have been a die-hard yogi, going to class almost every day. It did not matter that my massage work schedule was all over the place; I always found time to show up. That power hour or 75 minute class was MY time. It is also important to…
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Being Pregnant While Certifying in Yoga

By Cristina Cernuda LTY trainee/2016 When I made the decision to certify in yoga the thought of getting pregnant couldn’t have been further from my mind—but it seems that’s when these little miracles happen; always when you least expect it. The news was received with incredible joy and relentless excitement, but a small part of me…
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Why Vegan?

The Spiritual Side of Veganism/ Why Vegan as Taught by Lightrail Yoga Teacher Training There have been many times at work or with friends who offer me food that isn't vegan (a piece of birthday cake) and they tell me "Come on, just eat it don't be so strict on yourself" as if being vegan…
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My Lightrail Yoga Teacher Training Experience

Yoga teacher training has opened up my mind, my heart, and my eyes. I have learned the power of a deep complete breath and how it helps me when life becomes to much at times. The end of August, our first weekend seems like so long ago because I've learned and changed so much. I'm…
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Teaching my first yoga class

I was so nervous the day of my first class, so i did some meditation before it began. This helped calm me, but i still had butterflies in my stomach. I got the sequence memorized i was just worried that i would mess up during or not offer a fulfilling class. Time to start the…
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Kirtan

I've had quite a few yoga classes over the years where a teacher added a small amount of kirtan. Usually just a few minutes, sometimes in the beginning of class, sometimes at the end. I would see "Kirtan Events" pop up on facebook, and I didn't really get it. I'd think, isn't that just part…
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Mantra and Kirtan Experience

Beginning every class with "Om" awakens my soul. With my eyes closed, I really feel the vibration of my voice and the voices around me. This makes me feel like I am more than just a mind or body, all I feel is the energy around me and the energy of my spirit. In the…
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WHAT IS GOING ON?

Every day I wake up thinking about us. Yes us! You, me, the tree, the dog, the ant and the planet! Thousands of questions come to me every day. As I commute to my job, I am always paying attention to my surroundings. I love to see the start of a new day, people getting ready for their days,…
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Eating Mindfully

This week, one of our homework assignments was to take photos of at least one meal per day and describe it as Sattvic, Rajasic, Tamasic, or a combination. Over the years, I have dieted and tried countless tricks and gimmicks to lose weight, gain muscle, de-bloat, etc. I've tried counting macros, eating pescatarian, juice fasts,…
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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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Ahimsa Towards Our Planet

Choosing Organic This week, we were asked to be conscious about how we practice Ahimsa. Ahimsa is being kind to all living things on earth and showing compassion towards others. A part of Ahimsa is being one with nature. By showing respect to nature, it will show respect to you. This is why I choose…
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The Keys to the Peace Garden

I.33 from Patanjali Yoga Sutras says: maitri karuna muditopeksanam sukha duhkha punyapunya visayanam bhavanatas citta prasadanam “By cultivating attitudes of friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous, and disregard toward the wicked, the mind-stuff retains its undisturbed calmness.” This yoga sutra, teach us how to deal with people’s attitudes. In this sutra, Patanjali…
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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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The Sun Salutation

The Sun Salutation (Surya Namaskar)   Sometimes in our lives we live such in a hurry, and end it up forgetting  to pay attention at our surroundings and to breathe.   To make a change start practicing four rounds and gradually build up to twelve rounds, right after you get out of the bed. Making…
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Vegan Chocolate Cake with chocolate chips!

    This is a easy, fast, healthy and delicious vegan  chocolate  cake. You can eat with ice cream, jellies or creams. We had with vegan ice cream on the side, it was delicious!!!   You can also add your favorites fruits on the top! Enjoy!!! Ingredients 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup white…
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“Zuna” Vegan Tuna Salad

We gave this cute name, "Zuna" to our Vegan Tuna Salad!!!  It is easy (healthy) delicious recipe!!! ENJOY!       Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas (a 15 oz can rinsed and drained) 1/4 cup vegan mayonnaise 1 medium carrot, peeled and very finely chopped 1 stalk celery, finely chopped 2 tablespoons sliced scallions,…
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The Chakras

Part of our teacher training includes Subtle Anatomy. Under this section we study the Chakras. There are seven principal Chakras and each one associates with different aspects of our existence. They can relate to the physical body, energy flow, and spirituality. Starting from the base of the spine with Muladhara Chakra- Root Chakra. This Chakra…
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THE MANTRA OM

OM is one of the most recognized mantra, which is a representation of ultimate reality. It is not clear to its beginnings but it found in Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. It also represents a transcendental state. It is pronounced AUM.
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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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Badha Konasana: Cobbler’s Pose

Badha Konasana is one of my “go to poses.” Do you know at the end of some yoga classes when everyone is getting ready for Savasana, sometimes the teacher might invite you to do another pose? A pose that you’re working on or that it’s good for you. Well, that’s what I mean by “go…
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SAVASANA

Shavasana, in sanskrit Savasana is the pose where you not only get to feel your body simmer down and benefit from all the practice, but it is a beautiful meditation moment. It is the moment when we thank and smile and feel blessed to have been able to once again complete this practice as well…
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