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Benefits of Private Yoga Lessons.

Benefits of Private Yoga Lessons.

Here’s a scenario: You walk into a group yoga class and ten minutes in, you’re already confused. Right foot here, left arm there–it’s all a big jumbled game of Twister to you. Not to mention your left hip has been bothering you for a while and...
4 Cool Historical Facts About Yoga.

4 Cool Historical Facts About Yoga.

The business of yoga is booming. Since the 1990s, yoga has become a multi-million business, and a wide variety of companies and individuals have even patented certain yoga styles and sequences. Hardly a day goes by where we don’t see some aspect of yoga advertising a...
How To Choose the Right Yoga Mat For You.

How To Choose the Right Yoga Mat For You.

Choosing a yoga mat goes beyond color, pattern and aesthetic appeal. Your yoga mat should be capable of providing the right amount of support and comfort to make your yoga sessions easier. For those who carry their yoga mat to the studio or when traveling, it also...
Goat Yoga at Sugar Sweet Farm in San Diego.

Goat Yoga at Sugar Sweet Farm in San Diego.

If you want to combine spiritual centering with unrestrained giddiness then I recommend Goat Yoga at Sugar Sweet Farm in Encinitas.  Once you get off the freeway, the serene and winding country roads begin to set the mood.  You’ll pass ranches, sprawling haciendas,...
Simple Car Yoga Poses to Do While Driving.

Simple Car Yoga Poses to Do While Driving.

We all know that driving can be stressful. Whether we’re driving to work, running errands, or even embarking on a cross-country road trip, extended time in the car means lack of physical movement for our bodies, potentially shortened breath from seated in a...
Ep 73 – Shambhu Harmonics

Ep 73 – Shambhu Harmonics

The Pilgrimage of the Heart Mediation Podcast is a recorded broadcast of Sujantra’s weekly Tuesday night meditation class held in San Diego California. Each week Sujantra introduces a new topic related to meditation and leads the class through various types of...
7 Benefits of Using a Yoga Wheel.

7 Benefits of Using a Yoga Wheel.

An Overview of Yoga Props & The Yoga Wheel If you’ve been to a yoga class, you’ve probably been introduced to a variety of props (such as blocks, blankets, and straps) that are strategically designed to help your body find positions that might be otherwise...
Essentials for Opening a Water Yoga Studio.

Essentials for Opening a Water Yoga Studio.

The practice of yoga is beneficial for staying in tune with your body and soothing your mind. However, that can be difficult when your joints are whining and your muscles shaking from holding sometimes complicated yoga poses for too long. When you are doing yoga in...
3 Tips for How To Heal After Trauma.

3 Tips for How To Heal After Trauma.

An estimated 70% of adults have gone through at least one traumatic event in their lives. A death in the family, a divorce, abusive relationships, accidents, or a change in living situation can all bring about depression and sadness, and many people find it hard to...
Health Benefits of Massage & Spa Treatments

Health Benefits of Massage & Spa Treatments

Massage and spa treatments offer an opportunity to be pampered and soothed in pleasant surroundings. Many people enjoy these treatments as a way to “get away from it all.” While many of these treatments have cosmetic effects, some also provide health benefits. What is...
EP 18 – Danni Pomplun

EP 18 – Danni Pomplun

Enjoy interviews with inspiring and uplifting guests who share their insights into yoga, personal improvement and world transformation. We feature yogis, writers, musicians, teachers and visionaries from many fields who are reaching for the highest in human potential....
Outlive Relationships

Outlive Relationships

The Life expectancy for females is 81.2 years; for males, it’s 76.4 years. Modern science has progressed such that we are able to live longer and healthier lives. We are able to function with high quality of life much further into our late years. This sounds...
Chronic Pain: How Yoga Helps.

Chronic Pain: How Yoga Helps.

Photo courtesy of Unsplash by Marion Michele Nobody wants to experience chronic pain or be diagnosed with a long-term illness. But because life doesn’t always work out the way we plan, many people around the world are living with these conditions and more are...
6 Surprising Benefits of Yoga

6 Surprising Benefits of Yoga

By Sally Holland Those who practice yoga regularly probably find this title a little surprising in itself. Practitioners often speak of the many benefits that yoga brings to their lives – a greater sense of calmness, new opportunities for social interaction, a boost...
3 Tips to Keep You Healthy Throughout the Year

3 Tips to Keep You Healthy Throughout the Year

We know our fitness and health should be a priority year-round, but it’s all too easy to make excuses not to work out in winter when it’s too cold or summer when it’s too hot. The truth is, when we are consistent with our eating habits and working out, the healthier...
The Secret Universe

The Secret Universe

There is a place where our true nature resides. I’ll call it, ‘The Secret Universe.’ It’s a place of peace, tranquility and realization. We all have this place within us… veiled. What is this veil and how do we thin it, penetrate it? Heart/Ego The place where our true...
Is Yoga Broken?

Is Yoga Broken?

There has been a great deal of talk and discussion about the current state and direction yoga is headed. The question asked: Is Yoga Broken? Alanna Kaivalia, who we interviewed about a year ago for pyo.yoga and two other teachers, Tara Stiles and Anna Conversano chime...
Follow Your Heart

Follow Your Heart

When I was a teenager I remember someone told me, ‘not to follow my heart.’ This person was talking about love relationships and how our unbridled passions can perhaps lead us down the wrong path. It struck me as funny then, and now, that we blame our hearts. I have...
Who am I?

Who am I?

I have this identity. I am this person. I have this body. I have this story… But deep down, when I slow down, I find that I have this other ‘me’ that I can’t really touch. I know it’s there. It’s very clear and yet, indefinable… ineffable, if you will. So I ask, “What...
The Yoga Poses That Relieved My Back Pain

The Yoga Poses That Relieved My Back Pain

Are you experiencing consistent pain in your lower back? What about in your upper back? Maybe even both? Trust me, you are not alone. I was one of those people. I had a bulging disc in my lower back. Which is when one of your intervertebral discs has weakened and lost...
Music and Meditation

Music and Meditation

Kirtan is a meditation practice set to music. Yoga classes usually include music, either recorded or ‘live.’ When we meditate before our shrines, we might incorporate some gentle sounds to help clear background distractions. However, we likely won’t be trying to...
Kirtan and Dance

Kirtan and Dance

Kirtan and Dance are Intertwined The Bhakti tradition in Hinduism is very clear about dance. Dance is a part of the spiritual experience. Dance is an integral part of the overall Kirtan experience. “Just as a person who is extremely happy may spontaneously sing and...
Invocation: Call it Forth

Invocation: Call it Forth

Take invocation to a higher level. If we want something in our world, our lives, we must become what we want. What is an invocation? What does it mean: to invoke? All spiritual traditions have invocation in their practices. How can the act of invocation deepen our...
Devotion and our Existence

Devotion and our Existence

When we meditate, when we chant Kirtans, one of the things we are doing is expressing our devotion to our Creator. Devotion might be the supreme aspect of our meditation practice. There’s a longing. We want to experience our existence fully. We work towards a Oneness....
Mantra, Sound and Music

Mantra, Sound and Music

Sound Life, Sound Existence Let us venture into the mysterious and beautiful world of mantra, sound and music. At every moment we are surrounded by sound. It fills our ears and vibrates against and within our bodies. It comes from other human beings; it comes from...
The Master Key

The Master Key

It’s not often that someone says, “Here is The Master Key.” In fact, ninety-nine times out of a hundred it might be regarded as a fool’s statement, akin to claiming enlightenment. It seems ridiculous that someone might have the Master Key to the ineffable. I found...
Soften and Enjoy

Soften and Enjoy

by Courtney Yezzi You have hopefully heard it said many times that when we practice for ourselves we practice for the benefit of all beings. The effort, thought and energy we put into our practice first creates a positive impact on our life force and then goes out...
Philosophy Podcast E26: Karma

Philosophy Podcast E26: Karma

Explore the spiritual philosophy of India and see how it applies to your own life and situations. Host Sujantra McKeever of San Diego, CA, is the author of 5 books. He leads you on a journey to the East that ends up back in your own backyard. We hope you find an...
Meditate on Geologic Time

Meditate on Geologic Time

When we consider the idea of time we usually think of moments. We think of short intervals. We look ahead a few minutes, an hour, a day… Seldom do we consider the idea of eternity, infinity, geologic time. Geologic time encompasses billions, perhaps trillions of...
Bhakti Yoga at Pilgrimage of the Heart

Bhakti Yoga at Pilgrimage of the Heart

Bhakti Yoga at Pilgrimage of the Heart Bhakti Yoga is the yoga of emotion, bliss and devotion; devotion to Creator, creation and our place in It. Bhakti is one of the four major aspects of the yoga path, the others being Jhana spiritual self-study, Karma, the yoga of...
Karma

Karma

Karma “My own gratitude heart is all that matters.” — Sri Chinmoy When we meditate we create a surface upon which we can build a platform of stability, where gratitude and compassion can be the grounding sources of our causalities. I’ve been thinking about Karma and...
FED UP: A Movie Review by Sujantra

FED UP: A Movie Review by Sujantra

FED UP   The yamas are the foundation of the yoga practice. Ahimsa, non-violence is one of the yamas. This can be taken to mean both not performing violent acts and trying to prevent violence. In this sense you can call the people who created the movie FED UP...
A Dreamer’s Dream

A Dreamer’s Dream

‘A Dreamer’s Dream’ by Greg Steorts  I came to earth as thirsting soul, to pitch my wishing-coin into this matrix pool, offering my cellular contribution to those myriad interference-patterns and high-pitched frequencies which frustrate the crazy...
THE ABCs OF ENLIGHTENMENT: Part 8 Hope

THE ABCs OF ENLIGHTENMENT: Part 8 Hope

HOPE   My maternal grandfather spent his last days in a nursing home. It was a very nice place, comparatively. (Years ago I went to one run by the Social Services of the City of New York where you had to be buzzed in through a metal gate and on my way out a...
THE ABCs OF ENLIGHTENMENT Part 7: Gratitude

THE ABCs OF ENLIGHTENMENT Part 7: Gratitude

GRATITUDE   Expressions of gratitude, things like thank-you notes, are considered signs of good breeding. I think I may have written one, maybe two, during my entire life. They also seem to be more of an activity for the leisure class and a girl thing, too. (I’m...
THE ABCs OF ENLIGHTENMENT Week 06: FAITH

THE ABCs OF ENLIGHTENMENT Week 06: FAITH

  FAITH   As long as the good times stay that way, we don’t even think about asking God for help, since we are doing fine on our own. Then, when we hit the inevitable rough patch, the best prayer we can muster is: “Lord, I don’t know if You are real or not...
THE ABCs OF ENLIGHTENMENT Week 4: Death

THE ABCs OF ENLIGHTENMENT Week 4: Death

  DEATH Unless you grew up in Rwanda, Afghanistan, or Iraq, the things that were dying all around you when you were young—the parakeets, hamsters, little green turtles, or especially goldfish—all shared the characteristic of being easily replaced at the Five and...
Yoga Sutras – Om

Yoga Sutras – Om

When I meditate I always begin and end my practice by chanting Om. It’s like stepping through a portal. I usually chant it several times until I really feel a strong connection/punctuation… I chant it externally. Then I chant it internally. The vibration in my throat...
THE ABCs OF ENLIGHTENMENT Week 3: CONSCIOUSNESS

THE ABCs OF ENLIGHTENMENT Week 3: CONSCIOUSNESS

  CONSCIOUSNESS Just about everything humans use today had to be invented or at the very least, as in the case of something that was already there, like fire, “discovered,” or that’s the term we use anyway. Which is still a stretch, especially in the case of said...
THE ABCs OF ENLIGHTENMENT Week 2: BEAUTY

THE ABCs OF ENLIGHTENMENT Week 2: BEAUTY

BEAUTY When you are born the doctors give you a spank of welcome, count your fingers and toes, and proclaim to your mother, “You have a beautiful baby boy/girl!” or so I’m told—I don’t remember too much about it. Or know, for that matter, what they say if your count...
THE ABCs OF ENLIGHTENMENT Week 1: ART

THE ABCs OF ENLIGHTENMENT Week 1: ART

ART Human beings have been creating art for 50,000 to 75,000 years, if various regional claims can be settled; the Europeans with their beautiful cave drawings at Lascaux, France, being especially dismissive of the rough petroglyphs of the Africans and Australian...
Kirtan as Meditation

Kirtan as Meditation

Kirtan is a singing, chanting practice that is part of the Bhakti* (devotion to your creator) tradition in yoga. While it might appear on the surface that it is an entertainment, the reality is that Kirtan is a profound meditation practice. Meditation is often thought...
Finding Peace

Finding Peace

We need to find peace! So much of our time is spent being distracted from peace. We are constantly bombarded by input. We have ‘busy’ lives, or so we say, and our minds are constantly in flux. Sometimes our minds are so in flux that we mistake busy for simple, mental...
Getting Vegucated

Getting Vegucated

On Amazon and Netflix This 2011 documentary is described on Amazon as “a guerrilla-style documentary that follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks and learn what it’s all about.” The follower and director is...
Pilgrimage of the Heart Philosophy Podcast E01

Pilgrimage of the Heart Philosophy Podcast E01

Explore the spiritual philosophy of India and see how it applies to your own life and situations. Host Sujantra McKeever of San Diego, CA, is the author of five books. He leads you on a journey to the East that ends up back in your own backyard. Ep 1: On this episode...
My Journey of the Heart to Weight Loss

My Journey of the Heart to Weight Loss

By Nagesh Personal Growth Through Weight Loss  Difficulty is an opportunity for a depth of growth that is not present when everything is flowing easily. Difficulties have the ability to show us our inner reserves-depths, which we have yet to tap into. Not that I go...
The dance of the cobra ~ Bhujangasana   

The dance of the cobra ~ Bhujangasana   

by Teresa Austin Childhood Snakes As a small child, I was often haunted by snakes. I remember running wildly through the rugged terrain near my home in the Los Angeles hills with the raw anticipation of what I might encounter in my daily adventures. In the fraction of...