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The eight-limbed path of yoga

By applying and living these principles in our daily life, the teachings become a greater gift. One can begin to see yoga as much more than just physical practice, and acknowledge the true wisdom this ancient tradition offers.
  • February 2017
  • Yoga Philosophy
  • By Kristen Mansch

Yoga Sutra 2.46

Sthira sukham asanam: steady comfortable posture. This well-known yoga sutra points to two naturally opposing but equally powerful forces; sthira and sukha. Sthira means steady and alert — active and strong. Sukha means comfortable and soft — joyful and open.
  • November 2016
  • Yoga Philosophy
  • By Kristen Mansch

Challenge = requirement for growth

As in life, growth in practice happens through challenge. In the rough places. No mud, no lotus. We grow and learn the most through postures we want to get out of as soon as we get in. Postures that bring up strong emotions such as fear, impatience, even panic.
  • December 2015
  • Yoga Insight
  • By Kristen Mansch

Yoga is love

On February 14, 2001, Valentine's Day, I stepped into my first yoga class. It drew to me like a magnet and has positively changed my life in infinite ways.
  • February 14, 2015
  • Yoga Appreciation
  • By Kristen Mansch

Relax your grip

Whatever you are working toward or wishing for... relax your grip. When one tries too hard or holds too tightly, we end up pushing the things we want further away. Imagine a tightly closed hand. It is full of resistance and repels with its clenched nature.
  • March 2014
  • Yoga Insight
  • By Kristen Mansch