Pursuit Of Ignorance

Most of us are under the false impression that Science has “the answers to everything”. It is true that Science is a process by which we expand our knowledge. But it is also true that with ever expanding knowledge comes ever expanding ignorance. For every question to which we find an answer, there are many new questions that come up.

But beyond seeking answers and knowledge of the ‘outside’ there is a domain that seeks to go ‘inside’. This ability to know our internal world is Spirituality. This is a world where instead of knowing by dividing, we know by uniting. This domain gives us the Wisdom to deal with the expanding knowledge and power that comes from Science. It also gives us the Wisdom to deal with our expanding ignorance.

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Why I Really Teach Yoga

Cara Bradley

Cara Bradley

Recently I sat with my journal and asked why I continue to teach people how to move and breathe—day in and day out—over and over again. I recalled a quote by Lao Tzu—and the rest, as they say, just flowed out of me:

At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want. ~Lao Tzu

I teach yoga because I believe in your capacity to feel healthy and strong and I want to help you feel that too. I trust that when you let go and allow your body and breath to move freely, you will experience a profound sense of being awake and alive like never before. I want to help you trust that too.

I see how you weighed down you get by life circumstances— overloaded with stuff to carry both in your mind and heart. I know that you are bombarded with information about what to believe and how to live. I know how suffocating this can feel and I want to help you free yourself from these illusory burdens.

I teach yoga to help you glimpse the space beyond your busy mind where you are already calm and clear and I trust that with practice you can let go of unwanted emotional baggage and break free from limiting thoughts.

I know that with a little support and a bit of guidance, you can learn to trust that the deep stillness you experience in savasasana is really who you are—at the center of your being.

I teach yoga to help you become familiar with your center of being where you already have the answer—where you know who you are and you know what you want.

Credit: This is by Cara Bradley. She is the founder of Verge Yoga in suburban Philadelphia recently awarded Philadelphia Magazine’s Best of Philly 2014. She has been moving bodies in and out of Up Dogs and Down Downs for 15 years. Over the decades she has been in the trenches of personal transformation and mindfulness as a teacher to thousands of students including CEOs, athletes, and college students. She also trains the Penn State University Men’s Basketball and Villanova University Football teams. Cara shares her daily practices and how she leans into her life as an entrepreneur, teacher, and busy mother on her website and blog.

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Five Golden Rules For Yoga Beginners

Golden Rules For Yoga Beginner

Yoga beginners face a bewildering array of choices. This article provides “Five Golden Rules” that beginners can use as a guide:

1. No pressure

Most of us have an action oriented and goal oriented mindset. We want results. We set mental targets to achieve some level of competence by certain date. With yoga you have to leave all this behind you. The only “push” you need is the one that gets you on the yoga mat. After that nothing else matters. Yoga is non-competitive and it does not matter if the person next to you is an “Olympic level” yoga practitioner. It is fine if you are practicing yoga for 10 years and you are at the same level as you started. Everyone progresses at their own pace.

2. No pain

While practicing yoga you should not experience any sharp pain. In the initial stages you may find that there may be some mild soreness that may result due to yoga. But this should not in any way hamper your daily activities. Sharp pain is a clear signal that either you are doing the posture wrong or you are pushing yourself beyond your current capabilities. Serious injuries may result and you want to quickly back off. Too much soreness or swelling is also an indication that something is wrong.
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How Yoga Therapy Changed My Life

Abbii’s anger and stress from transitioning into High School landed her in hospital. Luckily she met Michelle, a yoga therapist, who could help her. This video recounts Abbii’s story. Worth watching and sharing.

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Golf Story

Overturned Cart

One day I accidentally overturned my cart.

Elizabeth, a very attractive and keen golfer who lived in a villa on the golf course, heard the noise and called out,

Golf Story

“Are you okay, what’s your name?”

“It’s Jack , and I’m OK thanks,” I replied.

“Jack , forget your troubles. Come to my villa, rest a while, and I’ll help you get the cart up later.”

“That’s mighty nice of you,” I answered,”but I don’t think my wife would like it.”

“Oh, come on,” Elizabeth insisted.

She was very pretty and persuasive.

“Well okay,” I finally agreed, and added, “but my wife won’t like it.”

After a restorative brandy, she insisted that I remove my clothes and she would give me a massage. After she’d finished, I thanked my host and made my way to the door.

“I feel a lot better now, but I know my wife is going to be really upset.”

“Don’t be silly!” Elizabeth said with a smile, “She won’t know anything. Where is she, anyway?”

“Under the cart!” I said..

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