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Why You Should Never Stop Practicing Asana


You can modify and take breaks for recovery, but here’s why the physical practice of yoga is so important.

The culture is getting into the deeper aspects of yoga, including meditation and mantra, but the asana, or physical postures, are as important as ever. In the classical eight limbs of yoga, asana, the third limb, allows us to let go of physical tensions in the body, helping to bring us to a place where we feel empowered and connected to the world at large.

In the video above, yoga teacher Rina Deshpande, who leads our new online course, The Culture & Practice of the Yama, shares why she thinks asana should still be an important part of your practice.

Also watch What the Yama Can Teach You About Cultural Appropriation

Want more? Join Rina Deshpande, Ed.M., MS.T., RYT-500—teacher, writer, artist, and poet—for her new six-week online course, The Culture & Practice of the Yama. Through lectures, holistic practices, reflections, and discussions on yoga’s roots and evolution, Rina will bring depth and nuance to your understanding of this rich philosophy, infusing your daily life, practice, and teaching with meaning. Learn more and sign up today!

Also read What’s the Difference Between Cultural Appropriation and Cultural Appreciation?

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What the Yama Can Teach You About Cultural Appropriation


Here, teacher Rina Deshpande reveals the multi-faceted meanings of asteya (non-stealing).

When you’re learning the yama—ethical guidelines laid out in the first of Patanjali’s eight-limb path—it’s easy to oversimplify their meanings. For instance, let’s take asteya (non-stealing). Because you’d never pocket an organic peanut butter cup at your local market, it’s easy to feel as though you got it: box, checked. However, you’d be disconnected from its profound, subtle teachings that can transform the way you practice yoga, make choices in the way you teach, and ultimately live your life. 

In the video above, yoga teacher Rina Deshpande, who leads our new online courseThe Culture & Practice of the Yama, reveals how understanding asteya can inspire you to embrace (not appropriate) yoga’s roots and evolution.

Read also Break Down What Anjali Mudra Really Means in Yoga

Want more? Join Rina Deshpande, Ed.M., MS.T., RYT-500—teacher, writer, artist, and poet—for her new six-week online course, The Culture & Practice of the Yama. Through lectures, holistic practices, reflections, and discussions on yoga’s roots and evolution, Rina will bring depth and nuance to your understanding of this rich philosophy, infusing your daily life, practice, and teaching with meaning. Learn more and sign up today!

Read also What’s the Difference Between Cultural Appropriation and Cultural Appreciation? 

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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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