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Why do we chant a mantra 108 times?

When we gather to do 108 rounds of a mantra, or 108 rounds of sun salutes, the question often arises ... why 108. This article explores the signficance of 108.

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Āsana

Āsana means posture in Sanskrit. In modern yoga practice postures of many varied kinds are synonomous with yoga. It hasn't always been so, and there are some who regret that the non-postural associations of yoga are being lost. Perhaps classes that almost exclusively concentrate on postures should be called Āsana classes, not yoga classes!

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Ujjāyī Prāṇāyāma

Ujjāyī means the victorious one. In yoga practice ujjāyī prāṇāyāma is used in conjunction with āsana practice. The distincintive sound of this prāṇāyāma has also given it the name "ocean breath".

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Namaste

How often have you heard this word, Namaste, in a western yoga class? It is practically ubiquitous. What does it really mean though? And is its use appropriate? Maybe not! Find out ...

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Baṇdha

In haṭha yoga, bandha is a sub-set of mudrā, and refers to one of three "locks" applied along the central channel in the process of awakening kuṇḍalinī.

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Añjali Mudrā

Añjali Mudrā seems pretty simple - prayer hands position, but there are some details about this hand position you might be missing. Learn more

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Mudrā

Gestures, attitudes, seals, marks are translations of mudrā, which feature in the traditional practices of yoga as well as in dance and in religious iconography of India. This article talks about mudrā in yoga.

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Nāḍī śodhana

Nāḍī śodhana is a yogic breathing practice aiming to balance the flow of energy in the energetic channels, the nāḍī. Nāḍī means channel, and śodhana means purifying or cleansing.

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Nāḍīs

Nāḍīs are channels of energy. This article tells something about Nāḍīs.

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Chakras

What is a chakra? Where do I find them? How many are there? Can they be unbalanced and need balancing, or out of tune and in need of a tune-up? Answers to these and other questions.

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Full yogic breath

Learn the full yogic breath to bring fresh prāṇa into the body

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Haṭha yoga

Some history and other interesting facts about hatha yoga's development over the centuries.

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Prāṇāyāma - yoga techniques of breathing

Prānāyāma is one of Patanjali's limbs of yoga and a significant portion of all yogic schools techniques and practices.

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Breathing in yoga

Yoga is full of instructions to breathe in and breathe out on particular movements. This article tells you more about breathing with movement, and also the yogic breath practices called prānāyāma.

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Yoga for digestion

Yoga can assist you with digestion and gut health. Here are some tips.

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What is somatics?

It was Thomas Hanna who first began to use the word to denote practices that were emerging in the twentieth century that utilise the felt sense of the body as a form of somatic therapy. This post looks at what Somatics is and how it can help with stiffness and pain.

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The truth about Tantra

Tantra is not synonomous with sexual practices. So what is it? Read more ...

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Caring for your synthetic yoga mat

Tips for caring for a yoga mat to keep it fresh and sticky

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Side angle pose

Looking at the technique for the yoga side angle pose, known in Sanskrit as pārśvakoṇāsana

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Lōkāḥ samastāḥ

How to chant lōkāḥ samastāḥ sukhinōbhavantu

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Align

A personal practice sequence to help with the technique of finding clear alignment in the body and a sequential flow of force.

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Sūrya namaskāra - sun salutes

As a part of our personal practice sequence, how to do a sun salute.

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Yield

This is another personal practice sequence in this series to get you started on establishing a home practice. This personal practice sequence has a particular focus on the technique of yielding.

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Let the breath move you

Sometimes when establishing a personal practice, simple sequences to follow can help to get you started. This personal practice sequence has focusses on the breath

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Personal practice

Tips on developing a personal practice at home or wherever you are.

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That pose called śavāsana

Relaxing in corpse pose is a yoga technique that many find difficult.

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Why Yoga Nidra is trending

About the yoga nidra trend and why it is meeting a deep need

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Mahāmṛtyuñjaya mantra

Find translation and transliteration of the "Great death-defying mantra" as well as a recording to help you learn it.

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Scrape your tongue for better oral hygeine

Ayurveda recommends tongue scraping as one of the daily practices to optimise your health. In this article you can find out why and how to scrape your tongue

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Trikonasana - a very tricky pose

Breaking down practice techniques for trikonasana - triangle pose

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Jala Neti

The practice of jala neti is recommended in the cleansing practices of both Yoga and Ayurveda. You should clean your nose every day just as you clean your teeth. This keeps your sinuses clean and helps to combat colds and allergies such as hay fever.

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Yoga poses named for dancing Siva

Exploring natarajasana and tandavasana

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Client Rewards

How to earn and use client rewards

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Cleaning the mat

We clean our mats with our home made mat spray - get the recipe here

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Booking in for another person

A how to in navigating the booking system when booking for more than one person

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Yoga for Mental Health

Many people come to yoga for the physical exercise, but then make the happy discovery that yoga helps them feel more at peace with themselves and the world.

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How qualified is your yoga teacher?

Understand the Australian environment of qualifications for yoga teachers.

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Ātma hṛdaye

Ātma hŗdaye is a chant from the heart, to the heart. Chanting this mantra with full heartedness we shift into deep understanding of its message, "The heart that I am is the unending bliss of Oneness". Audio recording to aid you in learning this haunting chant.

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Why you need to learn yoga in a live class

In a class, you have support, motivation, community and a live teacher to guide your progress and offer corrections to your technique.

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Bhramari Prāṇāyāma - Bee breath

Bee breath, Bhramari prāṇāyāma, is one of the easiest to master yet it has remarkable healing qualities. Lower your blood pressure, overcome your insomnia, reduce inflammation in the body, calm your mind and reduce stress, and that is just the start.

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Our efforts for the environment

Yoga Spirit Studios is doing its best to be environmentally responsible.

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iRest® Yoga Nidra - a path to health, healing and awakening

iRest® is a simple meditation for modern day living. It helps you to tap into a place that is always calm and at ease, no matter what life is bringing. Tina Shettigara, South Australia's first Certified iRest teacher, gave a presentation on iRest at the March 2018 Soul Talks. Find it here.

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Yoga gives help for children's anxiety

Need help for child anxiety disorders? Kids yoga classes may be the key.

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Frequently asked questions about prenatal yoga

Answers to all the questions we are most often asked about starting yoga during pregnancy for fitness and wellbeing. Find the answer to your pregnancy yoga questions. Is pregnancy yoga a birth class? Will motherhood yoga keep you fit? Can you overstretch doing yoga while pregnant? Send us any question that we haven't asked and we'll pop it up here.

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Ahimsa and caring for each other

We come together at a yoga studio as a community, to share our love of yoga. How can we take care of each other?

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Yoga Sutra I:33

The four great attitudes of the heart, friendliness or loving kindness, compassion, joy for others, and equanimity, are the pathway to peace and happiness, according to Yoga Sutra I:33. This article provides a translation of the sutra, transliteration of the words and a recording to help you learn to chant it.

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The Gayatri Mantra

About the Gayatri Mantra with words and audio recording

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Thinking about becoming a yoga teacher?

An honest look at the motivation for becoming a yoga teacher and what to watch out for.

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International Day of Yoga

International Day of Yoga is celebrated on 21 June every year around the world. Summer solstice in the northern hemisphere lends itself to great outdoor events and rallies, but downunder we are in the middle of winter, nevertheless, southern hemisphere yogis also get into the mood and hold events to mark the day.

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Yoga’s internal and external code of conduct

An article about the yamas and niyamas of yoga including a reflective meditation

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How to fold a yoga blanket

A well folded blanket is not only the key to a tidy studio but is the basis of many restorative yoga props.

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Sanskrit is to yoga what French is to ballet

Why we use Sanskrit and a few words translated.

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New to yoga? What to expect …

What to do, what to wear, and what to bring when you come to a yoga class - for new people.

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Welcome

​Today we are excited to be launching our new website which will be easier to use and which will help you to find the programs that you are looking for. Take a look around. We look forward to hearing your feedback.

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