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The Niyamas – Svadyaya by Lena Schmidt

The fourth of the Niyamas is Svadyaya. Svadayaya is self-study or self-inquiry. We can practice Svadyaya in yoga by: *practicing with a beginners mind *finding something new in each pose *being curious about poses and other yogis without judgment *reading yogic texts and books on yoga and seeing how yoga philosophy relates to your life […]

The Niyamas – Tapas by Lena Schmidt

The second limb of the eight-fold path is the Niyamas, or attitudes and behaviors towards ourselves. The Niyamas are basically the moral “do’s.” The 5 Niyamas are Sauca, Santosha, Tapas, Svadyaya, and Isvarapranidhana. The third of the Niyamas is Tapas. Tapas is self-discipline and physically heating the body. We can practice Tapas in yoga by

The Niyamas – Santosha by Lena Schmidt

The yogic journey, as defined by Patanjali (the ancient sage said to have authored the Yoga Sutras, a foundational text of yoga) is an eight-fold path. The eight limbs act as guidelines for how to live a healthy and meaningful life, tuned into ones own purpose and spiritual nature. The eight limbs are yama, niyama, […]

The Niyamas: Sauca by: Lena Schmidt

The yogic journey, as defined by Patanjali (the ancient sage said to have authored the Yoga Sutras, a foundational text of yoga) is an eight-fold path. The eight limbs act as guidelines for how to live a healthy and meaningful life, tuned into ones own purpose and spiritual nature. The eight limbs are yama, niyama, […]

From the Founder

Celebration “We must celebrate the satisfaction-ecstasy of the oneness-heart.” –Sri Chinmoy On April 15th I had the good fortune to help produce a free concert in New York honoring the 50th anniversary of Sri Chinmoy’s coming to the West. The concert featured students of Sri Chinmoy performing his music and renowned performers Krishna D

The Yamas: Brahmacharya by Lena Schmidt

The yogic journey, as defined by Patanjali (the ancient sage said to have authored the Yoga Sutras, a foundational text of yoga) is an eight-fold path. The eight limbs act as guidelines for how to live a healthy and meaningful life, tuned into ones own purpose and spiritual nature. The eight limbs are yama, niyama, […]

The Yamas: Aparigraha by Lena Schmidt

The yogic journey, as defined by Patanjali (the ancient sage said to have authored the Yoga Sutras, a foundational text of yoga) is an eight-fold path. The eight limbs act as guidelines for how to live a healthy and meaningful life, tuned into ones own purpose and spiritual nature. The eight limbs are yama, niyama, […]

Yoga Story: Jamie

What first brought you to yoga? I was born a spiritual seeker and a bit of a renegade. I first came to yoga in 2004 as a way to unite a disciplined physical practice with a spiritual one. I had also been recently diagnosed with leukemia and wanted to find a way to ease the […]

The Yamas: Satya by Lena Schmidt

The yogic journey, as defined by Patanjali (the ancient sage said to have authored the Yoga Sutras, a foundational text of yoga) is an eight-fold path. The eight limbs act as guidelines for how to live a healthy and meaningful life, tuned into ones own purpose and spiritual nature. The eight limbs are yama, niyama, […]

The Chakras by Lena Schmidt

Chakras, or wheels of energy, correspond to areas in the body. If an area of our lives is out of balance, it can manifest as an imbalance in that chakra and lead to pain, discomfort, or a feeling of uneasiness. And vice versa! There are seven main chakras. Over the past few weeks I’ve broken […]