How to Find a Spiritual Teacher: The Pipilika Marga or the Way of the Ant

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A student recently asked me about finding a “teacher”. She was not referring to a yoga teacher or even a spiritual guide, but rather to a Living Master that could illuminate her way on the spiritual path. “What do I do in the mean time, while I even don’t have a teacher?” she asked. It was such great question from a really sincere heart space and so I contemplated the question. Here are some of my thoughts.

As I searched with ...

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How I Found Yoga: My Trip Down the Rabbit Hole

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“Who are you?” asked the Caterpillar. “I hardly know, Sir,” said Alice. “I know who I was but I think I must have changed.” – Lewis Carroll

 

Six years ago, I lived in western Massachusetts. I was a children’s theatre director and choreographer. As a homeschooling mother of two, I enjoyed life in our little house on our quiet street. I cooked healthy food and was fortunate enough to make my own schedule so that my husband could watch the ...

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Where Are They Now? Alumni Stories of Yoga Teachers

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After yoga trainings, I always find myself thinking “Okay, this is when my daily, three-hour practice, including asana, pranayama, meditation, mantra and prayer, will start!”

But like any extreme resolution, my ambitious ideas soon falter due to…life. I have this great opportunity at my age and where I’m at in life to travel and explore. So during the winter, I grab my backpack and embark on a grand adventure. My travels have brought me to some very inspiring and sacred places, ...

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Become a Family-Friendly Yoga Studio

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Any yoga school owner will agree, getting new students in your studio is hard
work. It can take a long time to generate that flow of students that will increase your
membership and revenue numbers. Becoming known as a family friendly business is
extremely important in order to reach a larger demographic and increase student
retention.

Most yoga studios focus on adults. This is great but you are ignoring a huge part
of the population that can benefit from yoga immensely, ...

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The Art of Abhyanga: Ayurvedic Self-Massage

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“The body of one who uses oil massage regularly does not become affected much even if subjected to injury or strenuous work. By using oil massage daily, a person is endowed with pleasant touch, trimmed body parts and becomes strong, charming and least affected by old age.” Charaka Samhita Vol. 1, V: 88-89

 

The word for oil in Sanskrit, Sneha, also means Love. Snehana is an Ayurvedic oil massage and the term, Abhyanga refers to massaging one’s own self. Internal and ...

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Lessons and Blessings in the First Year of Teaching Yoga

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No one is wise by birth; for wisdom results from one’s own efforts.

Krishnamacharya

I did something that most people don’t do.

I quit working at a job where I was comfortable and knew what I was doing, and I decided to start over doing something that made me anxious, completely uncomfortable, and I had zero experience doing.

My journey through the first year as a yoga teacher was nerve wracking, blissful, eye opening and heart expanding! I began ...

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Reflecting Upon the Goal of Life

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Purusha Artha: The Four Aims of Life

Do you ever ask yourself what is the meaning of it all? Living in the world at times can seem to be overwhelming, hectic, and heavy not to mention fast paced and removed from the nature. When one cannot see the forest through the trees then it is time to take a step back, breath and reflect upon the larger picture. Perhaps you may want to take some time yourself and contemplate your own ...

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Coming to Yoga – A Series on Self Discovery through Yoga

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I feel strongly when I say that I don’t think we as individuals find yoga. Rather, as a collective energy finds us. I feel that it seeks us out when we need it most, and drags us out of whatever hole we’ve gotten ourselves into – or maybe it finds you before that happens! – through it’s many faceted practices.

Yoga appeared in my life because I needed a bridge — A bridge to fix the gap between my mind and ...

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Patanjali Yoga

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Yogas Chitta Vritti Nirodhah- Patanjali Yoga Sutra I:II.

Patanjali, the great sage of yoga, gave us a sacred gem in this short and complete sutra.  A sutra is a compact aphorism that contains a pearl of deep, profound wisdom and insight. Sutra means a thread and is the root for the english word suture. The classic image is that of a pearl upon a thread. This is called a mala, or garland. A mala is a beaded piece of jewelry like ...

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Welcome to our New Website!

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Dear Yogis and Yoginis,

Welcome to the ShivaShakti School of Yoga’s new website. We have been working behind the scenes with web designer Curtis Jirsa to offer an updated and more user-friendly platform. We hope you like it!

Within this site you will find the complete 200hr and 300hr YTT schedules along with the current list of our retreats, Ayurvedic and healing arts offerings. Curtis spent some extra time with the schedule ...

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