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Padmanjali Yoga & Diamond Forest Retreat Centre

1540 Hess Road, Gabriola Island

 

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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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Hand balance.

Physical Benefits

Stimulates the digestive system, releases and clears toxins, improves complexion, relieves constipation and flatulence, purifies blood, balances the three doshas.  

Mental Benefits

Energizes and clears the mind. 

Subtle Body Benefits

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One of the ten mudra or seals in Master Swatmarama’s Hatha Yoga Pradipika.

Physical Benefits

Elongates the spine, stretches the back body, generates heat, detoxifies the system.

Mental Benefits

Intensifies awareness, clears mental congestion.

Subtle Body Benefits

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Prone backbend asana.

Physical Benefits

Strengthens the back body, position of choice for those with herniated spinal disc.

Mental Benefits

Energizes, exhilarates, lifts mood.

Subtle Body Benefits

Manipura chakra is energized, as well as svadishthana chakra.

Karmic B...

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Intermediate backbend asana.

Physical Benefits

Deeply opens and heats front body, especially heart, anterior hips, shoulders, anterior thighs, abdomen and throat, strengthens spinal erectors and core, stimulates digestive fire, relieves constipation. 

Mental Benef...

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Seated meditative preparatory pose.  One of 15 asanas described in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika. 

Physical Benefits

Assists in easing nasal and throat passage conditions, helps stop stammering.  Can alleviate eye strain and aid in better functioning of th...

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Finding a Teacher and surrendering ourselves into their service and guidance – the basis of all spiritual practice and progress.  Guru is defined in Monier-Williams Sanskrit dictionary as “heavy, weighty . . . serious, momentous, difficult to digest.”  Swami Si...

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The 3rd of the five niyama or commitments from Master Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras – to embrace spiritual hardships for higher goals.

Physical Benefits

If a physically challenging practice like sacrificing one's own sleep in order to be of service to others is done wi...

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Study, contemplation and meditation on the steps of any spiritual path or dharma is designed specifically to transport us to the highest state of bliss and happiness possible and enable us to take others there as well.  Dharma means "that which is steadfast or...

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Mulabandha or root lock is one of the four principal bandhas or locks (jalandhara bandha, uddiyana bandha, mula bandha and maha bandha.)  It is the lowest of the four locks and its physical location is in the pelvic floor area.  You could also call them "core m...

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System of yogic sciences and spiritual technologies which offer different paths to the final goal of enlightenment.  The word yoga comes from the Sanskrit root yuj meaning to join or to yoke.  This is the philosophical basis of all yogic practices and has many...

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