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Yoga Philosophy and Mindfulness

About The Yoga Sutras and other ponderings.

Yoga Philosophy and Mindfulness

7 Yoga-inspired Tips for Anxiety and Stress

May 14, 2017
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This past week has been the Mental Health Awareness Week. However, mental health is obviously not an issue just for one week a year, just like a good mental health is more than just absence of a mental health problem. Stress and anxiety for instance are issues that touch all of us at least some point in our lives: school or university exams, professional demands and relationship challenges…

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Abhyasa and Vairagya

April 29, 2017
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Practise and non-attachment can seem to be very contradictory terms as we usually associate practise with the expectation of some sort of results. Yet together these two form the principles that the whole yoga system as we know it today rests. You might have heard your yoga teacher to say the words ”just let everything go that does not serve you”. Maybe you even liked that phrase because…

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Yoga, Spirituality and Reddit

March 10, 2017

There are as many yoga stereotypes out there are as there are styles of yoga. And as with all the stereotypes, they do not come completely from nowhere, just as much as they do not represent the whole truth either. From time to time I come across comments from people who express interest in yoga, followed by a “but” and a reference to the level of spirituality associated.…

Yoga Philosophy and Mindfulness

Patience, Where Are Thou?

December 19, 2016

“Patience: the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, difficulty, or annoyance without getting angry or upset.”  Patience can mean different things to us, and its definition can also vary depending on the situation. Usually patience has an underlying realisation that we want, need  – or lack – more self-control in situation we face. Here are few thoughts on how to map where we stand on this issue and…

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5 Ways to Practice Self-Care

November 11, 2016

This post was first published in HappyGirlYoga. Lue suomalainen versio teksistä tästä. No matter how busy we are, there are several ways to practice self-care everyday., These are the moments we put ourselves first. It’s not necessarily about getting a mani-pedi ahead of a an event, or having time for a cup of coffee. In addition to taking care of our basic needs, we also need to decompress…

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4 Locks, 4 Keys

October 25, 2016

Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra 1.33 offers us an useful – but not always easy to follow – advise on how to cultivate a calm and clear mind, even in challenging situation. Sounds good right? This Sutra is often referred as ”four locks and four keys” Sutra, as it comes in, you guessed it, with four points, or actions to practise. There are various translations of the sutra, but roughly…

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2 Easy Breathing Techniques to Calm the Mind

October 20, 2016

Breathing. Natural, pretty essential and still so many ways of doing it. Many of us tend to breath with our chest only, i.e. only using the top part of our lungs. Yet, the power of the belly breath is far greater than we realise and deep breath works on many levels: it can bring almost instantenous stress relief, improves oxygen intake (surprise, surprise) and helps to detoxify your…