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"Dreams are real as long as we are asleep.  Life is real as long as we are not awakened."

- Baba Hari Dass

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Agnisara dhauti is one of the dhauti (purification) practices - it falls under the six “shatkarma” in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika.  It means "fire purification."

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Agnisara dhauti is a powerful purifier of the entire abdominal region and visceral org...

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Maha bandha is all three bandhas - jalandhara, uddiyana and mulabandha - performed at once on an exhalation retention.  This practice is used extensively in all the practices of hatha yoga - asana, pranayama, mudra, bandha, and kriya yoga.  It leads to pratyaha...

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Bandhas are energy or pranic locks that contain the prana in the torso and eventually concentrate it into the three main energy channels - nadis, and finally, into the central channel - sushumna nadi.  Uddiyana means upward flying.  In Hatha Yoga, a bandha is a...

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Bandhas are energy or pranic locks that contain the prana in the torso and eventually concentrate it into the three main energy channels - nadis, and finally, into the central channel - sushumna nadi.  Jalandhara bandha is the throat lock or bandha in the throa...

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One of the most widely employed forms of all meditative systems.  In many spiritual traditions, sound or nada is thought to be the origin of all things. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” from The Bible, John 1:1....

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Classified as a pranayama practice as well as one of the six shatkarma or purifications in Master Swatmarama’s Hatha Yoga Pradipika, it is called Skull Shining Breath because it purifies the frontal sinus regions of the inner skull.  It is intended as a prelimi...

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Inversion asana.

Physical Benefits

Refreshes and revitalizes the entire body, improves circulation to brain, massages abdominal organs, nourishes all cells of body with fresh blood.

Mental Benefits

Deeply composes the mind, reverses stale thought patterns, reduces...

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One of the three principal paths of a spiritual aspirant - renunciation, compassion and pure view.  Pure view is the practice of sanctifying our world and everything and everyone in it.  Since our world reflects back to us, and since how we look at things dete...

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One of the three principal paths of a spiritual aspirant – Renunciation, Bodhicitta and Correct View. 

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Confers the ability to understand clearly what you physically need to live, and how much of it! 

Mental Benefits

Invalidates the need to strike...

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One of the eight pranayama techniques listed in Master Swatmarama’s Hatha Yoga Pradipika.  Technically, though, it isn’t so much a pranayama as a meditation.

Physical Benefits

Allows the body to heal quickly through its mental effects and vibrational resonance on...

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