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    Understanding The Three Gunas

    The Three Gunas are considered the three qualities of nature. They cannot be fully understood without first considering the yogic philosophy creation. This philosophy is referred to by the Sanskrit word amkhya. The belief is that forces came together to form the three Gunas. Amkhya philosophy begins with two forces coming together – urusha and rakruti. Urusha is unmanifested. It is the formless, passive, and beyond any and all attributes. It is beyond space and time. Prakruti is the creative force of action. It is the source of form, attributes, and manifestation. These opposing forces came to form something called ahad. Mahad is considered to be the cosmic intelligence. From ahad was created…

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    Yoga with animals

    Tonight, while doing a quick yoga session in my living room, I discovered I had an eager fellow yogi. My dog had found himself on my mat, chewing on his ball, and wagging his tail. It got me thinking about trying to get him a little more involved in my yoga practice. I think it would take a lot of work and coaxing to try and get him more involved than just taking up space on my mat, but dog yoga or “doga” is a pretty popular activity amongst yogis. It offers some pretty exciting benefits. In fact, doing yoga involving any animal can provide not only some fun but…

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    Meditative Yoga Poses

    Yoga and meditation complement each other perfectly. Both practices are essentially one and the same, although meditation isn’t as popular as yoga in the Western world. However, it is still an important and highly beneficial practice. If you struggle to meditate but want to find a way to improve, meditative yoga poses could be the answer to your problems. Many yogis use yoga poses as a means to prepare for meditation. It helps you to physically prepare for the task of sitting still, especially if you’re new to meditation. It can be hard to learn how to feel comfortable while sitting in meditation, but meditative yoga poses can be a…