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Awareness Before Control by Josh Ehrenreich

The practice of Pranayama allows us to become more skilled at controlling our breath, but before control comes awareness. I had a wonderful opportunity to practice this recently. A couple weeks ago I participated in my first race. The day before I had some early pre-race jitters and thought it would be a great opportunity to observe […]

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The Yoga of the Breath by Jasmine Tarkeshi

This week’s blog post is an Excerpt from Lotus SF Founder, Jasmine Tarkeshi’s New Book: Yoga Mind and Body Handbook-Easy Poses, Guided Meditations: Perfect Peace Wherever You Are. Now available at the Lotus! Join Jasmine for a Class, reading, signing and celebration on Friday, April 14th at 5:30! “Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that […]

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How Pranayama Cured My Fear of Heights by Robin Wilner

I’m standing on a platform thirty feet high, trying with every fiber of my being NOT to look down at the 1900 seats filled with people. It’s the climax of the second act of “Wicked” on Broadway, and I’m about to become a flying monkey over the excited audience. My face and chest are flushed […]

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The Rainbow Bridge by Genevieve McClendon

“May we live like the lotus, forever rooted in the muddy waters.” -Judith Lasater In every class that I’ve attended with my teacher, she states, “May we be like the lotus, forever rooted in the muddy waters.”  I appreciate this mantra and reminder because it allows me to honor the importance of being deeply rooted […]

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Road Map to the Soul by Alex Crow

There’s no use looking for road signs. The language of the soul is in waves Pulsing and flowing, dancing through the body. Channels of light and sound Carving and curving  Like the breath  Through the lungs.  To dance is to let the soul speak. Poetry is where the abstract and the logical meet. Inside, there […]

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Living Our Practice: Love in Action by Tina Spogli

In yoga class, we often stress leading with the heart in most asana poses. And surely if you’ve been practicing for some length of time, you know that returning to the mat again and again requires a certain amount of both discipline and devotion – devotion meaning to engage with love. There is a strength […]

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The Programming Karmi

The Programming Karmi

by Jen DeSimone “47 You have the right to work, but never to the fruit of work. You should never engage in action for the sake of reward, nor should you long for inaction. 48 Perform work in this world, Arjuna, as a man established within himself – without selfish attachments, and alike in success […]

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A Missed Shot

A Missed Shot

by Josh Ehrenreich Krishna totally missed, Arjuna thought.   The first arrow fired, a shot symbolizing the start of war between good and evil, didn’t hit anyone. It didn’t even hit a warhorse. All it did was sever a rope holding a bell, dropping to the ground with a clang.   It probably was that little […]

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Waking Up

Waking Up

by Tina Spogli “People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on Earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, […]

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Let’s All Be Dangerous Yogis

Let’s All Be Dangerous Yogis

by Laura S It seems especially dark to me this winter as we move toward the Solstice. Others seem to agree; it comes up in conversation a lot lately. As I try to compose this, news of the fire in Oakland is almost more than I can even bear. I feel helpless and devastated when […]

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