Does “positive attitude” work? Finding contentment.

“Contentment is a dynamic and constructive attitude that brings us to look at things in a new way.”

This is a translation of Patanjali’s Sutra 2.42 by Bernard Bouanchard that says that contentment (santosha) is an attitude or way of thinking that we can bring to our lives. Is that true, or is contentment the result of our actions? Other translations of Patanjali’s Sutra 2.42 do not introduce the term “attitude”.

What is Contentment?

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Blowing right past the wall

Sthira sukham asanam.  Asana is a steady, comfortable posture (Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra 2.46).

This principle of yoga means that our yoga pose practice should incorporate both steadiness and comfort.  Or, effort and ease.  Or, comfort and challenge.  It means that we should push ourselves to that edge or “wall”, but not beyond our ability.

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What’s your yoga flow style? [VIDEO] Try these 4!

[TRANSCRIPT FROM VIDEO]  Flow classes are faster-moving types of yoga classes based on flows, or vinyasas, a four-part movement that looks like an elaborate push-up, combined with sun salutations from the Ashtanga yoga tradition  Continue reading “What’s your yoga flow style? [VIDEO] Try these 4!”

10 reasons why yoga is better than the gym

  1. It’s not boring!  You have someone guiding you for the whole hour or so, with the focus on how your body feels, and your breath.  Kind of like having a personal trainer, except without spending $70-100/hour.  Wandering the gym floor, waiting for equipment, and those grating dance remixes over the sound system can really take their toll, day in and day out.
  2. Work out all your muscles, not just bi’s, tri’s, chest, lats, hams, quads, calves, and the top layer of abs.  With yoga, you are engaging many more muscles in the body,
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