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Virabhadra
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Virabhadra

Jan 9, 2016

Virabhadra is the “spiritual warrior,” who bravely does battle with the universal enemy, self-ignorance (avidya), the ultimate source of all our suffering. Warrior 1 is a strong asana that is associated with the Root Chakra, connecting us to the earth. Use it to reconnect and find your footing—physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Find step-by-step instructions for Warrior 1 pose here:...

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Messengers of the gods
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According to Hindu myth, gods ride on birds. Many yoga poses are inspired by birds, Pigeon, Eagle, Peacock, Swan, Crane, Heron, Rooster, and Partridge. The swan is the vehicle of the creator god Brahma. Her name (hamsa, more accurately rendered as “wild goose”) conceals a profound teaching in the powerful mantra, soham, which translates as “This am I.” This phrase acknowledges the individual’s aspiration to merge with the universe and sums up the...

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Pratyahara — the power of stillness
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Pratyahara, the fifth limb in Ashtanga yoga, means to consciously withdraw energy from the senses and the world. In yoga one way to begin to understand it is to practice the corpse pose. By remaining motionless and letting go of all stress and tension, you begin to achieve a wonderful state of stillness while the world goes on around you. You achieve a state of nonreaction—like a leaf floating on the water,...

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Balancing the Chakras through Yoga
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Yoga is particularly beneficial in balancing the chakras because it helps prana (life breath) flow throughout the energy channels of the body. The bending, stretching, twisting, and breathing involved in yoga releases kundalini, latent cosmic energy. To balance every chakra, work through the entire list of asanas, both active and passive. As an alternative, work through the poses that are relevant to a particular chakra that you would like to balance. However,...

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