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Karma and the hope of freedom

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  The traditional notion of Yoga as liberation can hardly be understood without its counterpart of karma. Karma is the mechanism that keeps an individual consciousness at the core of the human personality bound to the conditioned cycle of existence called samsāra. Samsāra is the provisional reality that we navigate in the course of daily life. […]

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The Healing Edge

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A couple of weeks ago I got a little bit carried away during practice, and now my lower back and hamstrings are paying for it! Even after years of practice, some lessons are to be learned time and time again. This is not a bad thing at all. It is just one more opportunity to […]

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Kurmasana

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Kurmasana is known as the turtle posture. In the Hindu puranas Kurma is the 2nd avatar of Lord Vishnu, the maintainer, preserver, and protector. Vishnu is said to have 10 avatars or incarnations where he takes form to restore dharma or cosmic order. In several puranas, we see the story of the churning of the […]