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the man in the mirror

the man in the mirror

I look at the yoga classroom similar to the environment for a scientific experiment. In this case, the subject being studied is our own personal life. The mat is a test container through which our own chemistry can develop – our thoughts, feelings, current or past experiences – and we get to observe. Observe at a magnified level, sometimes a little, sometimes a lot.

In our lives off the mat most ...

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recipe of the week: rockin’ red lentil sauce with veggies

recipe of the week: rockin’ red lentil sauce with veggies

This recipe can be easily prepared the night before and will keep for several days in the fridge. High in protein and amino acids, this red lentil sauce goes well with jasmine or brown rice and hearty vegetables.

Rockin’ Red Lentil Sauce

Ingredients:
1 shallot
2 cups red lentils
2 garlic cloves
1 tsp. turmeric fresh or powder
Dash of salt and pepper (to taste)
Curry powder to taste
2 tbs ...

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An Ode to Mothers

An Ode to Mothers

Vrtti Sarupyam Itaratra: At other times [the Self appears to] assume the forms of the mental modifications.(Patanjali – The Yoga Sutras, 1.4)

In his translation and commentary on The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Sri Swami Satchidananda writes:

“You seem to have lost your original identity and have identified with your thoughts and body. Suppose I ask you who you are. If you say, ‘I am a man,’ you have identified yourself with ...

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3 Steps to Reduce Anxiety Using Yoga

3 Steps to Reduce Anxiety Using Yoga

No matter which way you look at it, anxiety is uncomfortable. When our minds are anxious, it can feel almost impossible to think clearly or experience the joy of the moment. After all, your mind is running wildly to other places.

If you or someone you know struggles with anxiety, chronic worry or racing thoughts, integrate these 5 steps into your daily routine for support and relief. With enough time, this ...

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graduate spotlight – meet Mallory Fabian

graduate spotlight – meet Mallory Fabian

Mallory Fabian graduated from evolation’s Santa Barbara Teacher Training in 2016, and she has been an absolute joy to have in the family. Not only is Mallory a woman of beauty and grace, but sh​e​ is a talented videographer, dancer and dedicated yogi. We are delighted to spotlight her journey and personal testimony this month.

1. How has your practice changed/ evolved since graduating?

I have a level of awareness that I’ve ...

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the joy and contentment of matsyasana (fish pose)

the joy and contentment of matsyasana (fish pose)
by Juliette Snijders

Feeling a bit out of balance? Grumpy and angry? Do fish pose and you will probably feel all kind and happy.

So why is fish pose making you all happy and kind?

Speaking from my own experience, 10 breaths in fish pose always leaves me with a feeling of compassion, joy and contentment.

How can that be?

In fish pose, as you ...

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a story of humility and commitment

a story of humility and commitment

This isn’t the first time I’ve told this story, but it’s one worth sharing again. It’s a story about humility and commitment.

Do you know the story of the Tortoise and the Hare? Of course you do.

Let me quickly remind you of the punch line: “Bang!”

The race starts with the Hare darting out of ...

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the magic of Italy

the magic of Italy

Italy has been on the forefront of western culture since the dawn of the Roman empire. For over 2,000 years its inhabitants have redefined art, architecture, theater, music, fashion, and even sports. Being a main player in the Renaissance, and helping to usher in the European Age of Discovery, and currently having the greatest number of World Heritage Sites on the planet, top performers in all fields have flocked to ...

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