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Self-Discovery as the Essential Focus of a Yoga Practice

I AM YOGA: Integrative Amrit Method Yoga: An approach to the practice of yoga that uses self-discovery as its essential focus. The practice of I AM Yoga is shifting from your head to your heart, from your mind to prana, from thinking to feeling, from doing to being,...

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Enjoy this 90 minute gentle yoga class! All you need is: Comfortable place to sit – Chair or Cross-Legged Floor space in front of you The intention to allow yourself this time for you This practice draws your focused attention to body, breath and mind, using seated...

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Gentle 60-minute Yoga Class Anyone Can Do (Chair Yoga)

Welcome Veda’s Gentle 60-minute class! Please sit in a comfortable chair, without arms, to begin your practice. We will move from seated relaxations and seated warm-up stretches to carefully guided gentle Amrit Yoga postures. If you plan to stand up for these, you may...

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This simple 10 minutes exercise has the power to change the way you understand yoga, prana, energy and meditation. This practice is referred to as Chitta-Prana meditation - "mind following energy" and was described by His Holiness Swami Kripalu as the "highest...

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Yoga Nidra Intention Worksheet (We recommend completing this exercise before doing the meditation to gain the maximum benefit and understanding!) Intention is a mental organizing device to bring about cognitive/behavioral integration creating an alignment between what...

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Yoga Nidra: The Art of Non-Doing

There is a reason stress is at epidemic levels in the West and I believe this is why: We don’t know how to stop. Our waking hours have taken over our sleeping hours. Even our sleep and rest is in service of doing more, rather than being more. We don’t sleep to be...

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Yogi Amrit Desai returns to India

Headline: American Yogi, Amrit Desai, brings American students to yoga seminar at Malav Kripalu Samadhi Mandir Summary: Yogi Amrit Desai, one of few living closest disciples of Swami Kripalu who has taken his teaching to over 40 countries holding seminar here at Malav...

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Return to India: The Legacy of an Ancient Lineage

Malav Ashram is a Holy Site in the heart of Gujarat where the famous saint, Swami Kripalvandandaji spent over twelve years in Sadhana. Before his Mahasamadhi, he asked his disciples to be buried in a specific field located in Malav due to the sacredness and serenity...

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Change is not just the force of destruction but also the force of creation. Underlying the forces of opposites is the integration that is inherent in change. Change has neither ups nor downs. It is neither good nor bad, neither right nor wrong. All opposites become one through change.

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Understanding Change

Change is not just the force of destruction but also the force of creation. Underlying the forces of opposites is the integration that is inherent in change. Change has neither ups nor downs. It is neither good nor bad, neither right nor wrong. All opposites become...

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Choiceless Awareness: the Key to Non-reactive Presence

Knowing yourself is not the same as knowing about yourself. Whatever you know about yourself is a mental construct. Your entire past, your age, profession, acquired conditioned thoughts, feelings, self-image and karma body with all its content is not you. You are the...

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Your ego, is constantly creating and re-entertaining your pre-programmed perceptions of the past. This impedes the flow of energy throughout the chakras, and deprives the body of the self-healing, self-balancing power of prana.

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Balance the Chakras and You Balance Your Life

By Shri Amritji and Bill Eager Chakra is a Sanskrit word which translates as "wheel”. Chakras are energetic power centers that both take in and distribute energy throughout the body. There are seven major chakras that correspond to the nerve plexus and endocrine...

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Manifest vs. Unmanifest Reality

 You can’t enhance or diminish what is present; you can only acknowledge and embrace it. But ego-mind will fight with, run from or attempt to modify what is present. The mind, conditioned by social norms and personal likes and dislikes, lives in dualistic conflicts in...

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From Crises to Consciousness

 The greatest opportunity for transformation as individuals and as a planet comes in moments of crisis. While times of prosperity and stability promote only superficial shifts, crisis shakes the foundation of safety and comfort we are accustomed to, calling for...

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