Category Archives: Philosophy

Tend to React to Tough Situations Without Thinking? Try Boat Pose to Strengthen Your "Witness" Mind


You need to try this Boat Pose mini-practice from yoga teacher Rina Jakubowicz. It will strengthen your “witness” mind.

In a culture where anyone can catch up on the news, send a work email, post an Insta story, and order breakfast from a mobile device—all before getting out of bed in the morning—we can’t deny that these days things move fast. Super fast. And as you’re riding that momentum, you’ll inevitably run into challenging situations—and you may want to respond with a similar speed. 

That’s where the wisdom of sakshi (witness) comes in. Cultivating your witness mind can help you observe the issue at hand objectively, so don’t get swept up in making snap judgments or allow emotions to drive your responses. (Spoiler: Neither will serve you.)

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

Instead, you can build up your sakshi muscle so that, when you run into difficult moments, you have the ability to broaden your perspective and create space to consider the issue at hand. 

Here, Rina Jakubowicz—yoga teacher, author, and creator of YJ’s new class series, Empowered Vinyasa—leads you through a brief Navasana (Boat Pose) practice to help you embody sakshi and remember how to call on it when needed off the mat.

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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Find the Deeper Meaning of Ahimsa Through a Pigeon Pose Mini-Practice


Learn to recognize the subtle ways you may be causing harm by taking personal inventory and holding yourself accountable.

When it comes to yoga philosophy, you may believe you have the concept of ahimsa (non-harming) covered. After all, odds are you aren’t physically violent. But the ways you harm yourself (or others) can be subtle, and it can be simply take place with a fleeting thought.

Here, Rina Jakubowicz—yoga teacher, author, and creator of YJ’s new class series, Empowered Vinyasa—leads you through a brief talk and Pigeon Pose mini-practice to help you recognize the deeper meaning of ahimsa.

See also Cultivate Contentment with a Simple Leg-Balancing Practice.

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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A Gentle Seated Practice to Shift Your Perspective


Use this short, feel-good sequence when your day could use a dose of positivity – fast.

Are your thought patterns stuck in a rut? According to the ancient spiritual tradition of Vedanta, there’s a concept that can help you elude its clutches. Pratipaksha bhavana is the idea of shifting your perspective to a higher ideal. 

Here, Rina Jakubowicz—yoga teacher, author, and creator of YJ’s new class series, Empowered Vinyasa—leads a gentle five-minute practice to help you embody pratipaksha bhavana when you’re seeing the world through a negative filter. This yummy sequence will help you find peace and loosen up your neck, shoulders, and upper spine.

See also Cultivate Contentment with a Simple Leg-Balancing Practice.

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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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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