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Enjoy short discussions from our faculty on topics like meditation, philosophy, and health—ancient wisdom tailored to the modern seeker.

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Talks / Sacred Texts
Tapas: The Pleasures of Self-Discipline
In Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, tapas is identified as the third niyama, or observance. This term often carries many connotations, such as radiance, heat, burning and, perhaps most popularly, austerity. How does this notion from one of the seminal yogic texts apply in our modern day lives? Here, Sandra Anderson contemplates this concept as a joyous self-chosen discipline in which we gather the forces of our vitality and direct them to a particular outcome building inner strength and mastery. Format: Video with audio download Length: 6 mins
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Sandra Anderson
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Talks
Gut Health: Improving Your Digestion
More and more, the term “gut brain” is making its way into everyday conversation. What does it mean? We know that our gut is an essential part of our health and well-being. But, how can our awareness of our gut’s capacity and nature shape our daily lives and our overall wellness? Join Dr. Carrie Demers as she gives us some practical tips on how to keep our gut strong and vital! Format: Video with audio download Length: 10 mins
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Carrie Demers, MD
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Talks / Sacred Texts
Santosha: True Contentment is Freedom from Cravings
The second niyama, or observance, in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra is santosha which is most often translated as contentment. How can we cultivate contentment in our lives? What prevents us from doing so? Listen as Sandra Anderson discusses this concept and how craving and gratitude are frequently the cause and antidote to discontent. Format: Video with audio download Length: 4 mins
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Sandra Anderson
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Talks / Sacred Texts
Shaucha: Is Cleanliness Really Next to Godliness?
Often translated as cleanliness, Sandra Anderson discusses the first of the five niyamas – shaucha – outlined in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra. She suggests that translating this Sanskrit term as ‘purity’ may expand our understanding of this concept. And she goes on to reflect on how this observance can be applied in different dimensions of our everyday lives – in our environment, in our physical and mental experiences. Format: Video with audio download Length: 11 mins
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Sandra Anderson
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Talks / Sacred Texts
Aparigraha: Fear of Missing Out, Greed, and Other Attachments
Fear of missing out and grasping for experience are common behaviors of our time, but yoga has an answer to this tendency. Sandra Anderson explains the yama of aparigraha—non possessiveness—and discusses ways that we can bring this philosophy and practice into our daily lives. Format: Video with audio download Length: 5 mins
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Sandra Anderson
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Talks / Sacred Texts
Brahmacharya: Living a Balanced Sensual Life
The fourth yama—Brahmacharya—is perhaps one of the most misunderstood concepts in yoga sadhana. In this practical talk, Sandra Anderson sheds light on the real-world application of Brahmacharya, and explains how we can use this approach to deepen our practice and connection to Self. Format: Video with audio download Length: 8 mins
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Sandra Anderson
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Talks / Holistic Health
Jin Shin Jyutsu: The Healing Aspect of Prana
The art and science of Jin Shin Jyutsu can have profound effects on both our mental and physical health. In this informative video, Nema Nyar, LMT shares some simple but effective practices that help you find balance in the midst of emotional turmoil. Learn how the thumb and each finger relates to a specific emotion and enjoy a guided practice to integrate the concepts that are shared. Format: Video with audio download Length: 11 mins
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Nema Nyar
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Talks / Sacred Texts
Asteya: Know What is Rightfully Yours and What Is Not
What is the deeper meaning of non-stealing in the Yoga Sutras? Asteya is an often misunderstood term, and in this practical video, Sandra Anderson helps shed light on what this practice actually means in our day-to-day life. Learn how the third yama can help us redirect our energy to pursuits that are meaningful and supportive to the spiritual journey. Format: Video with audio download Length: 9 mins
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Sandra Anderson
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Talks / Meditation
Tips for Improving Your Meditation Practice
A daily meditation practice can be a source of nourishment and renewal, giving us a mental reset to approach our day with clarity. In this short but practical video, Bill Ryan, PhD shares some tips for improving your meditation practice, so that you can enjoy a deeper and richer experience. Format: Video with audio download Length: 10 mins
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Bill Ryan, PhD
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Talks / Sacred Texts
Satya: Living with Reality
Satya, often translated as truthfulness, is the second of the yamas. Sandra Anderson explains why this discipline must always be firmly grounded in the principle of ahimsa—non-violence, and shares how the practice of satya can allow us to hold a larger perspective in our communication with others, sowing the seeds for transformation in ourselves and our relationships. Format: Video with audio download Length: 9 mins
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Sandra Anderson
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Talks / Holistic Health
Unique Health Benefits from Strength Training
Many of us are aware of the muscular effects of strength training, but there are a myriad other health benefits that can manifest from working with resistance. In this insightful presentation, Dr. Theresa Oswald shares lesser known advantages that can occur from strength training, including the effect it has on our mind and emotional state. Format: Video with audio download Length: 4 mins
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Theresa Oswald, MD
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Talks / Sacred Texts
Ahimsa: Overcoming Animosity
Ahimsa is often translated as non-violence, but a more detailed study of this foundational yama helps us to understand its true meaning: unconditional positive regard. Sandra Anderson explains how the intention behind our actions is what determines whether those actions are violent or not, and gives a fresh and applicable way to bring this important concept into our daily practice. Format: Video with audio download Length: 8 mins
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Sandra Anderson

Ayurveda

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Talks / Ayurveda
Embrace Your Strengths, Honor Your Challenges
In some situations we are in our element, while in others we may feel more like a fish out of water, depending on our natural gifts and challenges. According to ayurveda, our personal qualities stem from the unique proportion of the five elements in our constitution—earth, water, fire, air, and space. Join Sarah Guglielmi as she explains how each element shapes our vulnerabilities and strengths. Format: Video with audio download Length: 8 mins
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Sarah Guglielmi
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Talks / Ayurveda
Traditional vs. Modern Panchakarma
Panchakarma, meaning “five actions (therapies)” is a cleansing and restorative practice that has traditionally required considerable time and stamina from the patient. Dr. Carrie Demers explains how a gentler, shorter, more affordable version—taking 3–4 days, rather than weeks—has evolved in the West that still offers remarkable healing benefits, helping to clear away toxins and other burdens from the body and mind and restore balance. Format: Video with audio download Length: 6 mins
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Carrie Demers, MD
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Talks / Ayurveda
Sleep Support for Kapha
Sleep usually comes easily for people with a dominant kapha dosha—earth-like tendencies—because of kapha’s grounding and stable qualities. In this video, Kathryn Templeton explains how excess kapha can cause stagnation that affects our sleep cycle. Learn secrets from ayurvedic medicine for counterbalancing the kaphic lethargy that can weigh you down, and discover refreshing sleep that leaves you feeling energized. Format: Video with audio download Length: 9 mins
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Kathryn Templeton
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Talks / Ayurveda
Sleep Support for Pitta
Ayurveda teaches us that people with excess amounts of pitta dosha—a combination of fire and water elements—can experience an imbalance of heat in the body. This heat can cause inflammation, adrenal fatigue, digestive problems, and disturb the cycle of sleep. For anyone experiencing pitta-related sleep issues, Kathryn Templeton suggests nourishing ayurvedic techniques to help you cool down, so that you can get a soothing and rejuvenating night’s rest. Format: Video with audio download Length: 11 mins
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Kathryn Templeton
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Talks / Ayurveda
Sleep Support for Vata
Getting to sleep and staying asleep can be difficult when vata dosha (the airlike tendency within us) goes out of balance, especially if vata is our dominant dosha. Kathryn Templeton offers advice on how to balance the light, dry, and highly mobile aspects of vata, setting the stage for restful and nourishing sleep. Format: Video with audio download Length: 11 mins
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Kathryn Templeton
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Talks / Ayurveda
How Ayurveda Supports Sleep
What does sleep really do for us, and why is it so important? Eastern and Western medicine agree that sleep is necessary for cleansing and rejuvenating the body. When we can’t get a good night’s rest, long-term sleep problems can manifest in a variety of ailments. In this short video, Kathryn Templeton discusses the three most common issues people experience regarding sleep—and how viewing these problems from an ayurvedic perspective can help you get the rest you need to support your mental and physical health. Format: Video with audio download Length: 8 mins
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Kathryn Templeton
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Talks / Ayurveda
Agni & Ojas: Transformation and Resilience
In ayurveda, agni and ojas are two of the main forces that support vitality, resilience, and joy in our lives. Agni—the fire of digestion and transformation located at the solar plexus—requires ojas as a container for its fire to burn, and ojas—the vital sap that contains our innate resilience—relies on the transformational processes of agni to initiate its regenerative properties. Dr. Carrie Demers explores the interconnected nature of these forces, and their roles in promoting a lifetime of wellness. Format: Video with audio download Length: 7 mins
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Carrie Demers, MD
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Talks / Ayurveda
Adapt to Your Kapha Stress Response
Stress can be paralyzing, leaving us hunkered down in a state of inaction. The grounding, earthy energy of kapha dominance causes us to freeze up, Kathryn Templeton explains, leading to feelings of stuckness and intractability. Learn specific tips to break out of lethargy and depression, and reframe stressful situations as opportunities to grow and adapt. Format: Video with audio download Length: 7 mins
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Kathryn Templeton
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Talks / Ayurveda
Build Resilience to Your Pitta Stress Response
We all have a certain amount of vata, the air element in ayurveda, in our nature—it is that which moves us. When we feel overwhelmed, unstable, or unsafe, our vata tends to dominate and we respond to stress by running away. Kathryn Templeton takes an in-depth look at this dosha’s relationship to stress, and offers practical tips for staying creative, fluid, and free in the face of fear. Format: Video with audio download Length: 6 mins
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Kathryn Templeton

For Teachers

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Talks / For Teachers
Sequencing Pranayama
Pranayama is a foundational part of yoga sadhana, and can take the practice and experience of yoga to new heights. But how do we know what to practice and in what order? Sandra Anderson discusses how to incorporate pranayama into our yoga routine and how to sequence the specific pranayamas we choose for optimal results. Format: Video with audio download Length: 6 mins
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Sandra Anderson
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Talks / For Teachers
Preparing for Pranayama Practice
The practice of pranayama and working with the breath is a key aspect of yoga practice, and has been for millennia. However, pranayama practices require preparation, especially for those who are new to this aspect of yoga sadhana. Sandra Anderson shares three essential components for preparing for pranayama practice. Format: Video with audio download Length: 5 mins
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Sandra Anderson
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Talks / For Teachers
Tips for Successful Teaching
As teachers, sometimes it can be helpful to go back to the drawing board and reevaluate our approach to sharing knowledge. This can help us to stay effective in our teaching, especially if we find ourselves in situations that are new or unfamiliar. In this short and actionable video, Sandra Anderson shares three helpful tips for successful teaching. Format: Video with audio download Length: 4 mins
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Sandra Anderson
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Talks / For Teachers
Get Organized! A Formula for Successful Teaching
No matter what the subject, or our level of experience as a presenter, having a structure to lectures enables us to deliver an effective experience for students. In this straightforward and insightful talk, Sandra Anderson shares a tried and tested formula for successful teaching, no matter what the topic. Format: Video with audio download Length: 7 mins
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Sandra Anderson
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Talks / For Teachers
Weaving Yoga Philosophy into your Classes
As we develop as yoga teachers, there becomes a natural urge to share the rich wellspring of philosophy that yoga has to offer. But how do we know what to share, and how much? Judy Moulton gives tips on how to select and convey teachings that mean something to us and will therefore, in turn, be meaningful to our students. Format: Video with audio download Length: 3 mins
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Judy Moulton
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Talks / For Teachers
Guiding Students to Deepen Self-Awareness
Increasing self-awareness is at the heart of yoga practice, but how can we guide and encourage our students on this journey of self-discovery during a yoga class? Judy Moulton shares tips on how to work from the physical to the more subtle aspects of our being through simple but effective practices that engender the process of moving inwards. Format: Video with audio download Length: 3 mins
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Judy Moulton
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Talks / For Teachers
How Do You Know What to Say?
What you say is likely the most important part of how you teach a yoga class. In this informative talk for teachers, Judy Moulton shares tips on how to connect with your students and teach in a way that feels personal and meaningful to them. Learn how to make your teaching effective and powerful with these simple but profound tools. Format: Video with audio download Length: 3 mins
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Judy Moulton
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Talks / For Teachers
Freedom From the Pull of Opposites
In this third installment of talks for teachers, Shari Friedrichsen expounds upon verse 2:46 of the Yoga Sutra and shares Patanjali’s philosophy on the concept of dvandva—the pairs of opposites. Learn how the steadiness and ease we create on the mat can be brought into our daily life so that we remain undisturbed by the polarities of life and maintain our connection to the unshakable stability within. Format: Video with audio download Length: 6 mins
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Shari Friedrichsen
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Talks / For Teachers
Healing into the Infinite
In this latest installment of talks for teachers, Shari Friedrichsen explores Yoga Sutra verse 2:47 and the concepts of effortless effort and absorption into the infinite. Learn how the practices of yoga can peel back the layers that prevent us from experiencing this boundless space for both ourselves and our students. Format: Video with audio download Length: 5 mins
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Shari Friedrichsen

Holistic Health

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Talks / Holistic Health
Jin Shin Jyutsu: The Healing Aspect of Prana
The art and science of Jin Shin Jyutsu can have profound effects on both our mental and physical health. In this informative video, Nema Nyar, LMT shares some simple but effective practices that help you find balance in the midst of emotional turmoil. Learn how the thumb and each finger relates to a specific emotion and enjoy a guided practice to integrate the concepts that are shared. Format: Video with audio download Length: 11 mins
Nema Nyar headshot
Nema Nyar
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Talks / Holistic Health
Unique Health Benefits from Strength Training
Many of us are aware of the muscular effects of strength training, but there are a myriad other health benefits that can manifest from working with resistance. In this insightful presentation, Dr. Theresa Oswald shares lesser known advantages that can occur from strength training, including the effect it has on our mind and emotional state. Format: Video with audio download Length: 4 mins
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Theresa Oswald, MD
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Talks / Holistic Health
Yoga for Your Mood
Why do we talk so much about the breath in yoga? It certainly has a big impact on the health of our nervous system and general level of wellbeing, but there’s another really important reason you should learn to be aware of your breathing habits. David Goddard discusses how breath awareness gives us the ability to notice the quality of our mental state, and ultimately, opens the door to transcending our negative and unhelpful thinking habits. Format: Video with audio download Length: 4 mins
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David Goddard
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Talks / Holistic Health
Ayurveda for the Seasons: Spring
In the ancient science of ayurveda, spring is considered to be the ideal time for cleansing. Dr. Carrie Demers discusses ways to make the most of this transformative season, and shares tips to help prepare yourself for new beginnings. Learn which cleanse is appropriate for your constitution, and find simple ways to shed the old and bring in the new. Format: Video with audio download Length: 12 mins
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Carrie Demers, MD
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Talks / Holistic Health
Does Posture Matter?
Did you know that your posture can affect your emotional health as well as your physical health? Nema Nyar discusses the importance of posture and why you should pay attention to how you hold yourself in the world. Learn simple strategies to improve your posture and find out how it can benefit you at every level. Format: Video with audio download Length: 6 mins
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Nema Nyar
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Talks / Holistic Health
Enhance Your Mood
Yoga teaches us that we’re not at the mercy of our environment, and that we have the power to create our own internal state. In this practical talk, Dr. Theresa Oswald shares simple but profound tools to enhance your mood. Learn how diet, exercise, yoga, and contemplative techniques can shift your worldview, and bring about a sense of contentment and fulfillment. Format: Video with audio download Length: 9 mins
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Theresa Oswald, MD
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Talks / Holistic Health
What’s Up with Gluten?
Dr. Carrie Demers gives a frank and informative talk on gluten and shares her thoughts on why it is that some of us develop an intolerance to this American staple. Learn how digestion plays a pivotal role in our ability to assimilate gluten, and enjoy practical tips on how we can find a relationship with gluten that works for us. Format: Video with audio download Length: 8 mins
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Carrie Demers, MD
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Talks / Holistic Health
Immune Support for the Winter Months
Dr. Theresa Oswald offers practical and actionable tips on how to keep your immune system strong during the winter months. Learn how exercise, nasal irrigation, diet, and other simple adjustments to your daily routine can keep you feeling healthy and in good spirits during the wintertime. Format: Video with audio download Length: 8 mins
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Theresa Oswald, MD
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Talks / Holistic Health
Ayurveda for the Seasons: Winter
Dr. Carrie Demers continues her series on Ayurveda for the Seasons, this time focusing on the season of winter. Learn ayurvedic secrets to maintain health and wellness during the winter months, and discover the tools to bring kapha and vata dosha back into balance. Format: Video with audio download Length: 10 mins
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Carrie Demers, MD

Meditation

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Talks / Meditation
Tips for Improving Your Meditation Practice
A daily meditation practice can be a source of nourishment and renewal, giving us a mental reset to approach our day with clarity. In this short but practical video, Bill Ryan, PhD shares some tips for improving your meditation practice, so that you can enjoy a deeper and richer experience. Format: Video with audio download Length: 10 mins
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Bill Ryan, PhD
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Talks / Meditation
How to Sit for Meditation
Physical comfort is a prerequisite for a satisfying meditation experience. Bill Ryan shares why our meditation practice is likely to be disturbed if we don’t have steadiness and comfort in our seated position. In this practical video, you’ll learn seated postures that will enable you to find a comfortable meditation pose to facilitate a peaceful, inward flow of awareness. Format: Video with audio download Length: 10 mins
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Bill Ryan, PhD
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Talks / Meditation
Meditation: Befriending Yourself
Meditation is a process of finding and befriending your inmost self. Join Sarah Guglielmi as she explores the steps along this journey. Find out how nurturing an inner connection through meditation gives us peace, strength, and intuitive wisdom. Format: Video with audio download Length: 6 mins
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Sarah Guglielmi
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Talks / Meditation
Om Where You Roam: Meditation Tips for Travel
When we travel, the peace and nourishment flowing from meditation can help us stay grounded and energized—but the changes to our environment and schedule can pose a challenge to maintaining our practice routine. What’s a traveling yogi to do? In this short talk, Luke Ketterhagen shares simple yet effective ways to take your meditation on the go, so that you can find home deep within yourself—wherever you roam. Format: Video with audio download Length: 9 mins
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Luke Ketterhagen
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COVID-19 Support / Emotional and Mental Resilience
How Meditation Builds Resilience
What if you could learn to manage stress simply by shifting your perspective? Bill Ryan explains how our worldview informs our reactions to perceived threats and dangers in our life. He then shares some good news: by transforming our mind and nervous system through meditation, we can take charge of our essential outlook to lead a less stressful, more fulfilling life. Format: Video with audio download Length: 5 mins
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Bill Ryan, PhD
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Talks / Meditation
Meditation and Self-Awareness in Family Life
Why does meditation help so much with regulating our emotions—whether we’re young or old? In this short video, Luke Ketterhagen describes how his teenage daughter used meditation to calm her anger and step back from it, rather than just reacting. He shares three practical steps for applying this kind of self-study (svadhyaya) in your own life. Discover how you and your loved ones can use this yogic observance (niyama) to learn more about yourselves—together. Format: Video with audio download Length: 6 mins
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Luke Ketterhagen
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Talks / Meditation
Using Meditation to Work with Difficult Emotions
Emotions can be tricky, but dealing with difficult ones, like anger or sadness, helps us cultivate balance and well-being. They provide a window into our deeper self and clue us into areas of our life where we need to process in some way. Kate Kill explains how using meditation to work with difficult emotions provides a safe and productive way to reflect on and transform our emotions, so they work for us and not against us. Format: Video with audio download Length: 6 mins
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Kate Kill
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Talks / Meditation
The Importance of a Comfortable Meditation Seat
Many of us know the overall benefits of meditation like a calmer, more focused mind. But we often forget how important it is to choose a steady, comfortable position for meditation. Is it better to sit in a chair? Would props be helpful for my knees? How long can I comfortably sit for? Luke Ketterhagen answers these questions and more, offering practical, useful tips. Learn how the foundation for success in meditation starts simply—with how we sit. Format: Video with audio download Length: 6 mins
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Luke Ketterhagen

Sacred Texts

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Talks / Sacred Texts
Tapas: The Pleasures of Self-Discipline
In Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, tapas is identified as the third niyama, or observance. This term often carries many connotations, such as radiance, heat, burning and, perhaps most popularly, austerity. How does this notion from one of the seminal yogic texts apply in our modern day lives? Here, Sandra Anderson contemplates this concept as a joyous self-chosen discipline in which we gather the forces of our vitality and direct them to a particular outcome building inner strength and mastery. Format: Video with audio download Length: 6 mins
Sandra Anderson headshot
Sandra Anderson
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Talks / Sacred Texts
Santosha: True Contentment is Freedom from Cravings
The second niyama, or observance, in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra is santosha which is most often translated as contentment. How can we cultivate contentment in our lives? What prevents us from doing so? Listen as Sandra Anderson discusses this concept and how craving and gratitude are frequently the cause and antidote to discontent. Format: Video with audio download Length: 4 mins
Sandra Anderson headshot
Sandra Anderson
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Talks / Sacred Texts
Shaucha: Is Cleanliness Really Next to Godliness?
Often translated as cleanliness, Sandra Anderson discusses the first of the five niyamas – shaucha – outlined in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra. She suggests that translating this Sanskrit term as ‘purity’ may expand our understanding of this concept. And she goes on to reflect on how this observance can be applied in different dimensions of our everyday lives – in our environment, in our physical and mental experiences. Format: Video with audio download Length: 11 mins
Sandra Anderson headshot
Sandra Anderson
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Talks / Sacred Texts
Aparigraha: Fear of Missing Out, Greed, and Other Attachments
Fear of missing out and grasping for experience are common behaviors of our time, but yoga has an answer to this tendency. Sandra Anderson explains the yama of aparigraha—non possessiveness—and discusses ways that we can bring this philosophy and practice into our daily lives. Format: Video with audio download Length: 5 mins
Sandra Anderson headshot
Sandra Anderson
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Talks / Sacred Texts
Brahmacharya: Living a Balanced Sensual Life
The fourth yama—Brahmacharya—is perhaps one of the most misunderstood concepts in yoga sadhana. In this practical talk, Sandra Anderson sheds light on the real-world application of Brahmacharya, and explains how we can use this approach to deepen our practice and connection to Self. Format: Video with audio download Length: 8 mins
Sandra Anderson headshot
Sandra Anderson
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Talks / Sacred Texts
Asteya: Know What is Rightfully Yours and What Is Not
What is the deeper meaning of non-stealing in the Yoga Sutras? Asteya is an often misunderstood term, and in this practical video, Sandra Anderson helps shed light on what this practice actually means in our day-to-day life. Learn how the third yama can help us redirect our energy to pursuits that are meaningful and supportive to the spiritual journey. Format: Video with audio download Length: 9 mins
Sandra Anderson headshot
Sandra Anderson
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Talks / Sacred Texts
Satya: Living with Reality
Satya, often translated as truthfulness, is the second of the yamas. Sandra Anderson explains why this discipline must always be firmly grounded in the principle of ahimsa—non-violence, and shares how the practice of satya can allow us to hold a larger perspective in our communication with others, sowing the seeds for transformation in ourselves and our relationships. Format: Video with audio download Length: 9 mins
Sandra Anderson headshot
Sandra Anderson
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Talks / Sacred Texts
Ahimsa: Overcoming Animosity
Ahimsa is often translated as non-violence, but a more detailed study of this foundational yama helps us to understand its true meaning: unconditional positive regard. Sandra Anderson explains how the intention behind our actions is what determines whether those actions are violent or not, and gives a fresh and applicable way to bring this important concept into our daily practice. Format: Video with audio download Length: 8 mins
Sandra Anderson headshot
Sandra Anderson
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Talks / Sacred Texts
Yamas and Niyamas in the Yoga Sutra
Students of yoga will no doubt encounter the concept of the Yamas and Niymas at some point on their spiritual journey, but how exactly do these ancient principles relate to our life and our practice of yoga? In this introductory video to the series, Sandra Anderson gives an overview of these quintessential concepts, and offers a new perspective of how they set the foundation for practice. Format: Video with audio download Length: 7 mins
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Sandra Anderson

Tantra

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Talks / Tantra
Ajna Chakra: Intuition & Self-Knowledge
The ajna chakra, or eyebrow center, governs the mind. It is known as the “command center.” There is no element associated with this chakra other than the mind itself. A healthy, balanced ajna chakra gives us clear thinking and intuitive knowledge, while an unbalanced one makes the mind scattered and disturbed. Shari Friedrichsen explains how to regain and maintain balance and stability of the mind, and discover a life open to beauty and grace. Format: Video with audio download Length: 7 mins
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Shari Friedrichsen
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Talks / Tantra
Vishuddhi Chakra: Creative Expression & Clarity
The vishuddhi chakra, or throat center, governs the element of space and is home to our true voice. Vishuddhi means “pure” and represents the ability to speak and hear the truth freely and to be creative. Shari Friedrichsen explains what happens when we are out of balance in this area and offers us helpful tips to maintain a healthy fifth chakra. Tap into the creativity of your vishuddhi chakra and discover a life of spiritual upliftment! Format: Video with audio download Length: 5 mins
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Shari Friedrichsen
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Talks / Tantra
Anahata Chakra: Heart-Centered Connectedness
The anahata chakra, or heart chakra, is the home of the whispers of our heart—the subtle vibrations of anahata, “unstruck sound.” This chakra governs our ability to feel all emotions, from joy to sorrow, and to extend love, support, and compassion not only to others but also to ourselves. Shari Friedrichsen explains what happens when this fourth-chakra area is out of balance, and she recommends practices to balance and strengthen it, so that we can connect more fully with ourselves and with others. Format: Video with audio download Length: 7 mins
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Shari Friedrichsen
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Talks / Tantra
Manipura Chakra: Energy & Transformation Through Fire
The manipura chakra is known as the “city of gems”—not ordinary gems, but self-effulgent gems that shine by their own light. Located at the navel center, this chakra governs our gut intelligence and our ability to see clearly. Associated with the element of fire, the manipura chakra represents purpose, courage, and self-confidence. Shari Friedrichsen explains the benefits of a healthy third chakra and what happens when we become out of balance here. Discover how to strengthen your manipura chakra for a life filled with vitality, clarity, and determination! Format: Video with audio download Length: 6 mins
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Shari Friedrichsen
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Talks / Tantra
The Law of Immortality
Have you ever wondered about the results of your spiritual practice? According to Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, they far exceed what you can imagine. In fact, they are immortal. Learn how your practice benefits those who are living and those yet to be born, and how spiritually charged matter and energy from your practice return to you in your next life to ensure that you pick up your spiritual journey exactly where you left off in this life. Format: Video with audio download Length: 6 mins
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Talks / Tantra
Svadhishthana Chakra: The Purifying & Cooling Nature of Water
The svadhishthana chakra, or sacral chakra, is the home of all the sacred waters within us. Svadhishthana means “in her own abode”—the abode of Shakti herself—while sacrum, the home of our second chakra, means “sacred.” Shari Friedrichsen explains what happens when this area becomes out of balance, and what we need to do to have a healthy sacral chakra. Learn the tools to strengthen your svadhishthana chakra and enjoy a life full of fluidity, grace, sweetness, and creativity Format: Video with audio download Length: 5 mins
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Shari Friedrichsen
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Talks / Tantra
Muladhara Chakra: Stability & Groundedness
The chakras are subtle doorways into our spiritual life, each one representing an important function both physically and energetically. The muladhara chakra, or root chakra, is our foundation; it represents groundedness and earthiness. Shari Friedrichsen explains the importance of a healthy root chakra and what happens when we find ourselves out of balance there. Discover the three ways to keep your muladhara chakra balanced, supported, and stable—and enjoy the sweet fragrance of life! Format: Video with audio download Length: 6 mins
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Shari Friedrichsen
5
Talks / Tantra
Chakras: Centers of Beauty, Grace, and Joy
Chakras are wheels of energy that influence, energize, and control different aspects of the body, mind, and heart. Shari Friedrichsen introduces us to the importance of understanding the chakras, explaining how the practice of yoga helps us undo the restrictions we’ve placed on these currents of energy. By strengthening these channels, we can experience the waves of beauty, grace, and joy that naturally flow within us and around us. Format: Video with audio download Length: 5 mins
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Shari Friedrichsen
5
COVID-19 Support / Inner Connection
Mantra as Cure for What Haunts Us
Fear, insecurity, and doubt are like persistent ghosts that haunt our mind and heart, holding us back and making us feel empty and unfulfilled. They can even lead to physical disease. Fortunately, says Pandit Tigunait, there is a cure—a mantra whose healing energy helps us look at ourselves, reclaim our mental and physical well-being, and live with a sense of purpose and fulfillment. Format: Video with audio download Length: 5 mins
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD

Wisdom

5
Talks / Wisdom
Creating a Relationship Between Our Inner and Outer Teacher
In the final segment of The Inner Teacher series, Ishan Tigunait shares ways we can cultivate a relationship between the inner teacher—our divine essence—and our outer teachers. When we remember that all of us are guided by the same inner teacher, we can find the nurturance, inspiration, and guidance that keeps us moving forward on our path. Format: Video with audio download Length: 5 mins
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Ishan Tigunait
4
Talks / Wisdom
Ishvara as the Inner Teacher
The experience of being fully embraced by the inner teacher—from all directions and in every respect—is so unique and profound that it can’t be fully described in words. In yoga, the name attributed to this higher reality—the Divine—is Ishvara. Drawing on source wisdom, Ishan Tigunait describes how Ishvara is the very essence of the inner teacher. Format: Video with audio download Length: 4 mins
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Ishan Tigunait
6
Talks / Wisdom
Discovering Our Inner Teacher Through Grace
In the previous segments of this series, we explored how we discover the inner teacher through abhyasa (practice) and vairagya (non-attachment). Here, Ishan Tigunait shares how the self-effort we cultivate through practice and non-attachment allows us to receive the grace of the Divine. Learn the nuances of divine grace and explore its relationship with the ultimate goal of yoga—samadhi. Format: Video with audio download Length: 6 mins
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Ishan Tigunait
7
Talks / Wisdom
Ishvara Pranidhana on Pilgrimage: Meet the Divine Within
Embarking on a pilgrimage presents an opportunity to know and experience ourselves on a deeper level. Ransom Hare explains how Ishvara pranidhana (trustful surrender to the Divine) becomes a catalyst for inner transformation on our journey. Learn how trustful surrender dissolves our small sense of self so that we can be fully embraced by the divine within. Format: Video with audio download Length: 7 mins
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Ransom Hare
9
Talks / Wisdom
Anandamaya Kosha: Bliss Body
Joy, happiness, delight, bliss—according to the yogic kosha model, all of these desirable feelings emanate from our innermost sheath, the anandamaya kosha (bliss body). In this talk, Sandra Anderson describes the anandamaya kosha and shares how our yoga practice can allow us to experience our innate inner blissfulness and tap into our highest reverence for all of life. Format: Video with audio download Length: 9 mins
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Sandra Anderson
5
Talks / Wisdom
Discovering Our Inner Teacher Through Vairagya
In part two of The Inner Teacher series, we learned that abhyasa (practice) is the first step to discovering the inner teacher—our boundless inner wisdom. Here, Ishan Tigunait explains how the practice of active vairagya (non-attachment) brings us closer to this goal. Follow along to expand your understanding of vairagya and its role in helping us know and experience the teacher within. Format: Video with audio download Length: 5 mins
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Ishan Tigunait
3
Talks / Wisdom
Svadhyaya on Pilgrimage: Renew Your Perspective
A pilgrimage gives us a unique, supportive opportunity to observe the unhelpful tendencies that hold us back from experiencing freedom and fulfillment. In this talk, Ransom Hare shares how a systematic approach to svadhyaya (self-study) can optimize the fruits of our practice. Learn how the skillful practice of self-study uplifts and renews our perspective on our journey, and ultimately leads us toward greater clarity, inspiration, and joy. Format: Video with audio download Length: 3 mins
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Ransom Hare
4
Talks / Wisdom
Discovering Our Inner Teacher Through Abhyasa
In Who is the Inner Teacher, we learned that the inner teacher is a unique reality that can be experienced when we turn our minds inward. In this talk, Ishan Tigunait teaches us that the first step to discovering our inner teacher is abhyasa (practice)—defined in the Yoga Sutra as “the ardent effort to cultivate an inward, peaceful flow of awareness.” Tune in to hear how our yoga practice awakens us to—and helps us develop a meaningful relationship with—the teacher within. Format: Video with audio download Length: 4 mins
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Ishan Tigunait
7
Talks / Wisdom
Vijnanamaya Kosha: Wisdom Body
The vijnanamaya kosha, or wisdom body, corresponds to the executive functioning of the mind—our discrimination, intuition, and intelligence. Learn why working with this aspect of the mind is essential to any yoga practice, and discover how yogic tools allow us to improve its functioning so that we can move further inward to the center of our being—the core of consciousness itself. Format: Video with audio download Length: 7 mins
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Sandra Anderson

Yoga Practice

8
Talks / Yoga Practice
The Role of Relaxation in Preparing for Meditation
In the final lecture of Ishan Tigunait’s series on preparing the body for Vishoka Meditation, learn about the role of relaxation, and how relaxation practices reveal inner space. Through this inner space, we cultivate pranic awareness—the foundation upon which the journey inwards through Vishoka Meditation can unfold. Format: Video with audio download Length: 8 mins
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Ishan Tigunait
5
Talks / Yoga Practice
Finding Steadiness and Comfort: Golden Rule #2
As our journey on the path of asana and meditation deepens, we become aware of two golden rules: effortless effort and discovering inner space. In this lecture on preparing the body for Vishoka Meditation, Ishan Tigunait expounds upon golden rule #2: discovering inner space. Learn how our relationship with the inner energetics of the body lays the foundation for moving inward through Vishoka Meditation. Format: Video with audio download Length: 5 mins
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Ishan Tigunait
5
Talks / Yoga Practice
The Role of Asana in Preparing for Meditation
What is the relationship between asana and meditation, and how do physical postures support the profound journey of Vishoka Meditation? Learn how applying effortless effort in asana enables us to remove physical discomfort so that we grow more steady in our seated posture, as well as prepare for the journey inward through Vishoka Meditation. Format: Video with audio download Length: 5 mins
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Ishan Tigunait
5
Talks / Yoga Practice
Finding Steadiness and Comfort: Golden Rule #1
Ishan Tigunait continues his series of talks on preparing the body for Vishoka Meditation, this time focusing on golden rule #1 of steadiness and comfort—effortless effort. Learn how the concept of effortlessness enables us to move into more subtle levels of self-awareness, and helps prepare the foundation for a fulfilling experience of Vishoka Meditation. Format: Video with audio download Length: 5 mins
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Ishan Tigunait
3
Talks / Yoga Practice
Finding Steadiness and Comfort
In the first video of this new series for Vishoka Meditation, Ishan Tigunait gives an introduction to the concepts of steadiness and comfort, and how these essential tenets allow us to prepare the body for Vishoka Meditation. Learn the importance of creating a physical foundation for an effective meditation practice with these simple but profound concepts. Format: Video with audio download Length: 3 mins
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Ishan Tigunait
6
Talks / Yoga Practice
The Power of the Pelvis
Like the root of a tree, the pelvis—the home of our physical and energetic root—helps us access strength, stability, and deep nourishment from within. In this talk, Judy Moulton shares yogic tools for consciously accessing these benefits in our yoga practice. Grab a block and tune in to explore profound yet straightforward ways you can begin to unlock the power of the pelvis. Format: Video with audio download Length: 8 mins
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Judy Moulton
7
Talks / Yoga Practice
Vishoka Meditation Essentials: So’ham Pranayama
In the previous segments of this series, we learned how the first three foundational practices of Vishoka Meditation—crocodile pose, sandbag breathing, and nadi shodhana—deepen our connection to the breath and its subtler counterpart, prana (life force energy). In this talk, Shari Friedrichsen relates how the practice of so’ham (pronounced “so hum”) pranayama builds on this foundation and draws us further inward, where we can rest our mind in the experience of the subtle sound of the breath. Format: Video with audio download Length: 5 mins
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Shari Friedrichsen
7
Talks / Yoga Practice
Vishoka Meditation Essentials: Nadi Shodhana
The energetic current of our right nostril (pingala) supports activity, while the current of our left nostril (ida) supports relaxation. To deepen our Vishoka Meditation practice, Shari Friedrichsen explains, we want to balance the flow of energy in both nostrils. Nadi shodhana (alternate nostril breathing) allows us to move toward this balance and serves as a profound preparation for the deeper stages of practice. Format: Video with audio download Length: 7 mins
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Shari Friedrichsen
5
Talks / Yoga Practice
Vishoka Meditation Essentials: Sandbag Breathing
The practice of sandbag breathing is a profound tool for deepening our connection with the breath and restoring the natural rhythm of the diaphragm. Join Shari Friedrichsen to learn about the benefits of the practice and hear why sandbag breathing is an essential preparatory practice for Vishoka Meditation. Format: Video with audio download Length: 5 mins
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Shari Friedrichsen