From Knowing God to Being God - Kylee Stein

Every yogic journey contains at least one light-bulb moment. Mine came during a yoga teacher training lecture about who we are, who we really are. This lesson begins by discussing the differences between the creator and the created. This difference, we learn, is a delusion. We, the created, are all God. Our yogic path is a journey to reunite with our God-like nature. We become one with the creator by clearing our karmic baggage.

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Meeting My Teacher’s Teacher - Kylee Stein

I’ve changed.  I don’t know if others see or understand the full impact of these changes, but the past five years have been transformative. It wasn’t all for nothing. There were many players and events that were the catalysts for these changes: a devastating car accident, my teacher Raj Patra, his wife and partner Kelly, yoga teacher training, my ayahuasca journey in South America, backpacking India and meeting Dorje Andrey Lappa, my teacher’s teacher.

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Living on The Edge: A Yogi Surrender - Kylee Stein

I often ask my students to go to their "edge" in a pose, just as my teacher has asked me to do so many times before. I know the place well. It’s that space in your mind and body where all the sensations are trapped in your consciousness. Time ceases to exist or matter. There's no room and no need to think of anything else because the present moment is calling you to it.

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The Frog-in-the-well Syndrome - Raj Patra

Perhaps you never knew the frog that lived in one old well. Water still in the depth of its circular crevasse, overgrown by mossy plants, the infinite layers of stacked old bricks turned deep-green with coppery patina over a long time.  The water at the bottom, green with an abundance of algae that can survive the scarcity of sunlight, had swallowed the thick and worn out rope, and the old aluminum bucket that once was in use with a hammered texture from dents against the edge of the well.

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Look Before You Leap - Kelly Suttell

Sita, wife of Rama (protagonist), is considered to be one of the most beautiful women in the land. Not wanting another man to have the privilege of Sita’s companionship and to the avenge the disfigurement of his own wife Ravana, Raksha (demon, primary antagonist) King of Lanka commands that Mareecha (also demon and antagonist) lure Rama and Lakshmana away from their abode to enable the kidnap of Sita. Mareecha is successful in the effort of kidnapping Sita by turning himself into a golden stag. My thesis is regarding the symbolic attraction for the golden stag and its corollary in the modern day yoga practice in the West.

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Further Your Meditation Journey - Karli Petrovic

The more I learn about yoga, the more I understand why serious yogis live in caves, far away from the chaos of the outside world. Yoga on the mat is easy. You come in, do your asanas and leave. Perhaps you also exit class with a renewed sense of purpose and dedication to becoming a “better person.” You’ll reach out to someone you’ve clashed with, you’ll move more slowly and mindfully through life, you’ll let everyday frustrations roll off your back. This idyllic, compassionate feeling often lasts until the parking lot or, if you’re particularly blissed out, until your coworker asks about those missing TPS reports. Sound familiar?

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