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Are Your Actions Aligned with Your True Nature? This Writing Practice May Offer a Clue


Are you living your truth—or what everyone else wants you to be?

In the ancient philosophy Vedanta, there’s a word called svadharma (own nature) that defines your true Self. On the other hand, paradharma (alien nature) refers to the person you become when you get swept away in the expectations of family, friends, partners, or even colleagues. At some point, the lines between the two get blurred. 

That’s where yoga wisdom can come into play. Here, Rina Jakubowicz—yoga teacher, author of The Yoga Mind: 52 Essential Principles of Yoga Philosophy to Deepen Your Practice, and creator of YJ’s new class series, Empowered Vinyasa—offers a stream-of-conscious writing practice to help hone what’s truly you, and what’s not.

Feel like you’ve lost your sense of Self in the noise of social media or societal expectations? It’s time to get on the mat and reclaim who you are. Join author and yoga teacher Rina Jakubowicz for Empowered Vinyasa: Journey to Your Highest Self, a series of 10 yoga classes and companion dharma talks that zero in on principles of yoga philosophy—from The Bhagavad Gita and the Hindu spiritual tradition Vedanta—that are essential to self-exploration. Sign up today!

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Get to Know the Paths of Yoga, According to Vedanta


Get to know the other ways to find your true Self, according to the ancient scriptures of Vedanta, the philosophical foundation of Hinduism.

You’re probably familiar with Hatha Yoga (asana) and Raja Yoga (meditation, mantras, and other techniques), but did you know that there are other major paths of yoga that lead you to reconnect you with your divine nature? According to the ancient scriptures of Vedanta–the philosophical foundations of Hinduism–there are three more to pay attention to:

  • Karma Yoga (Path of action)
  • Bhakti Yoga (Path of devotion)
  • Jnana Yoga (Path of knowledge)

Here, Rina Jakubowicz—yoga teacher, author of The Yoga Mind: 52 Essential Principles of Yoga Philosophy to Deepen Your Practice, and creator of a new class series, Empowered Vinyasa—explains more about what they are and how they help liberate you from stress and suffering. 

Watch also Try This Meditation to Learn How to Witness (not React to) Your Thoughts

Feel like you’ve lost your sense of Self in the noise of social media or societal expectations? It’s time to get on the mat and reclaim who you are. Join author and yoga teacher Rina Jakubowicz for Empowered Vinyasa: Journey to Your Highest Self, a series of 10 yoga classes and companion dharma talks that zero in on principles of yoga philosophy—from The Bhagavad Gita and the Hindu spiritual tradition Vedanta—that are essential to self-exploration. Sign up today!

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How to Take Action in Your Life Using Your Divine Wisdom


Yoga teacher Rina Jakubowicz shares why you should be developing your intellect versus acting from your ego or emotional impulse.

If you’re in the headspace for a fun contemplation, think about this: How do you make decisions? Do they come from an emotional impulse, your ego… or from your intellect? If you want to be blissful and free of suffering—at least, according to the principles of the ancient yoga philosophy Vedanta—your actions should always arise from your intellect. 

And intellect isn’t only something that scholars possess. It’s simply the ability to see things clearly and objectively so you can take the right course of action. Here, Rina Jakubowicz—yoga teacher, author of The Yoga Mind: 52 Essential Principles of Yoga Philosophy to Deepen Your Practice, and creator of a new class series, Empowered Vinyasa—explains more about this divine innate wisdom. 

Watch also A Simple Leg-Balancing Practice to Cultivate Contentment

Feel like you’ve lost your sense of Self in the noise of social media or societal expectations? It’s time to get on the mat and reclaim who you are. Join author and yoga teacher Rina Jakubowicz for Empowered Vinyasa: Journey to Your Highest Self, a series of 10 yoga classes and companion dharma talks that zero in on principles of yoga philosophy—from The Bhagavad Gita and the Hindu spiritual tradition Vedanta—that are essential to self-exploration. Sign up today!

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3 Tips for Teachers: How to Thread Yoga Philosophy Into Your Classes


Elevate the practice for your students, so they find purpose and meaning beyond the physical plane.

So, you’ve been studying yoga philosophy for some time, and maybe it has dramatically contributed to your personal growth. Now you’d like to introduce a few rich teachings into your own classes so your students can also find more meaning and purpose on (and off) the mat. But how can you integrate yoga wisdom into your classes with authenticity and grace? 

In this video, Rina Jakubowicz—yoga teacher, author of The Yoga Mind: 52 Essential Principles of Yoga Philosophy to Deepen Your Practice, and creator of a new class series, Empowered Vinyasa—shares her three-step system for threading spiritual philosophy into your asana classes. Don’t forget: Being a dedicated student comes first…  

Feel like you’ve lost your sense of Self in the noise of social media or societal expectations? It’s time to get on the mat and reclaim who you are. Join author and yoga teacher Rina Jakubowicz for Empowered Vinyasa: Journey to Your Highest Self, a series of 10 yoga classes and companion dharma talks that zero in on principles of yoga philosophy—from The Bhagavad Gita and the Hindu spiritual tradition Vedanta—that are essential to self-exploration. Plus, if you’re a teacher, you’ll observe how Rina seamlessly integrates yoga philosophy into her asana classes. Sign up today! 

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Cultivate Contentment with a Simple Leg-Balancing Practice


Always striving to be somewhere other than where you are right now? Give this a try.

If there’s one powerful concept in yoga philosophy that can save you a lot of strife, it’s developing a sense of santosha (contentment). After all, if you’re constantly dissatisfied with yourself or with progress in your personal journey, it can spur negative emotions that cloud the things you can be grateful for and darn proud of. But it’s one thing to understand the idea of santosha and quite another to live it. 

Well, Rina Jakubowicz—yoga teacher, author of The Yoga Mind: 52 Essential Principles of Yoga Philosophy to Deepen Your Practice, and creator of a new class series, Empowered Vinyasa—is here to the rescue. But you’ll have to put in a little work. 

In this video, Rina shares a simple leg-balancing practice that can provoke frustration—and that’s definitely the point! She’ll guide you through working with those feelings to find contentment, even when your outcome (on and off the mat) isn’t exactly what you originally desired. 

Feel like you’ve lost your sense of Self in the noise of social media or societal expectations? It’s time to get on the mat and reclaim who you are. Join author and yoga teacher Rina Jakubowicz for Empowered Vinyasa: Journey to Your Highest Self, a series of 10 yoga classes and companion dharma talks that zero in on principles of yoga philosophy—from The Bhagavad Gita and the Hindu spiritual tradition Vedanta—that are essential to self-exploration. Sign up today!

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Try This Meditation to Learn How to Witness (Not React to) Your Thoughts


You’ll need a pen and paper for this stream-of-consciousness practice.

Ever notice how easy it is to allow your mind to whisk you away from the present moment? Indulge in one little pesky insecurity, and, suddenly, you’re down and out in funk town. Well, there’s an antidote for that. In yoga philosophy, sakshi (witness) is the ability to notice your thoughts without identifying (or reacting) to them. Strengthening your inner observer will help you see thoughts—and situations—as they truly are without piling on assumptions that can result in an emotional tailspin. (Yeah, we’ve been there, too.) 

If you want to cultivate your sakshi, there’s a simple practice you can try. In this video, Rina Jakubowicz—yoga teacher, author of The Yoga Mind: 52 Essential Principles of Yoga Philosophy to Deepen Your Practice, and creator of a new class series, Empowered Vinyasa—leads you through a short stream-of-consciousness meditation to train yourself to track your thoughts without getting too attached. (You’ll need a pen and paper!)

Feel like you’ve lost your sense of Self in the noise of social media or societal expectations? It’s time to get on the mat and reclaim who you are. Join author and yoga teacher Rina Jakubowicz for Empowered Vinyasa: Journey to Your Highest Self, a series of 10 yoga classes and companion dharma talks that zero in on principles of yoga philosophy—from The Bhagavad Gita and the Hindu spiritual tradition Vedanta—that are essential to self-exploration. Sign up today!

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