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Pratyahara: withdrawl of the sense, one of the 8 limbs of yoga | Katia Yoga

8 Limbs of Yoga: Pratyhara: Withdrawl from the Senses

The 8 Limbs of Yoga act as a guide for yogis on how to behave and as inspiration for how yogis should view the world.  The 5th of the Limbs is Pratyhara or withdrawl of the senses.  Pratyhara can be broken into two words in sanskrit: prati (meaning away or against) and "ahara" (which roughly translates as things taken from...Read More
The Life Story of the Buddha: Siddhartha from Prince to Buddha #buddhism #buddhist #buddha

The Life Story of the Buddha: Siddhartha from Prince to Buddha

For the past 9 years, I lived in Asia, 7 of those years in Buddhist Asia.  I love the openness and welcoming feeling in a temple.  There's just something magical there.  I don't know if I am a Buddhist, but certainly the Buddha's teachings resonate with me.  I'm a fan.  I've been following his story from one temple and culture...Read More
Your ultimate holiday YOGA gift guide! Find yoga gift ideas for everyone on your list, no matter what you budget is, we have some fab ideas for you! #yogagift #christmasgift #yogigift #giftguide

30+ Great Yoga Gift Ideas! Gifts for Every Budget: Your Ultimate Yoga Gift Guide

  With the holidays coming, everyone is searching for great yoga gift ideas.  For your favorite yogi, maybe you need some special yoga gift ideas.  Or maybe you ARE a yogi and you're having trouble thinking of a good answer when your loved ones ask, "what do you want for Christmas?" (or whatever holiday you celebrate).  We've got you covered. ...Read More
Your Complete Guide for How to Start to Meditate: Practical Ideas and Encouragement for your Meditation Practice. This post gives detailed tips on how to start to meditate, including benefits, inspiration, what to focus on, how to sit, when to meditate and more #meditation #meditate #starttomeditate

Your Complete Guide for How to Start to Meditate: Practical Ideas and Encouragement for your Meditation Practice

It can be overwhelming to think about sitting down to clear your mind, but the very point of meditation is to let your mind take a break from all that thinking!  With a little preparation, I think you'll find meditation a relaxing and important part of your day.  Here are some practical tips that may help you start to meditate....Read More
Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo | Adi Mantra Meaning, Uses and Meditation #sanskritmantra #mantra #adimantra #meditation

Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo mantra

Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo (also called the adi mantra) is a beautiful, deeply moving mantra.  It's is often chanted at the beginning of a practice, especially in Kundalini Yoga .  It's a great way to center yourself and tune in to your subtle body and focus your mind.  It allows us to connect with self-knowledge and the divine. [Just...Read More
Third Eye Chakra (brow chakra, ajna chakra): meditation, mantra, mudra, balancing, asana, and more! #chakras #thirdeyechakra

Third Eye Chakra | Ajna Chakra | Balance, Meditation, Mantra, Mudra, and More

[caption id="attachment_2809" align="alignright" width="300"] Also see our malas on Etsy[/caption] The Third Eye Chakra is called the Ajna chakra in Sanskrit.  It is located between your two eyebrows, slightly above them on your forehead, so it is also sometimes called the brow chakra.  It is responsible for seeing within the self and in the outer world.  This manifests as imagination, insight, foresight,...Read More
How to make a yoga mat strap-- carry your yoga mat with you anywhere you go! DIY yoga mat strap. Easy yoga mat bag alternative for yogis on the go

DIY Yoga Mat Strap | Take your mat on the go!

  Here's an easy way to take your yoga mat with you anywhere you go: make a DIY Yoga Mat Strap!   [Just so you know, this post contains affiliate links] Materials: Yarn Scissors Steps for Making Your DIY Yoga Mat Strap 1.  Cut your yarn to size-- I wrapped it around 2 chairs to get the strings to be...Read More
Choosing a Yoga Teacher Training: Traditional vs. Modern: Studying Traditional Yoga in India or Studying Yoga with a Modern Western Yoga Instructor #yogateachertraining #ytt #becomeayogateacher #becomeayogainstructor

Choosing a Yoga Teacher Training: Traditional vs. Modern

When I was thinking about choosing a yoga teacher training, I debated between the traditional home of yoga (India) and modern Western teaching in Bali.  The stars aligned perfectly for my sister and I to do our ytt together in Ubud, Bali with American yogini, Emily Kuser, and her chosen gurus from the west.  We learned a great deal about...Read More
DIY Yoga Mat Spray | How to Clean Your Yoga Mat, Recipe for Mat Spray, Essential Oils Ideas

DIY Yoga Mat Spray | How to Clean Your Yoga Mat

  I'm sorry to tell you this, but your yoga mat is probably disgusting.  Those cushiony-supportive or sticky anti-slip fibers can really hold onto a lot of bacteria, germs and general grossness.  Think about those super sweaty vinyasa classes!  And your hands and feet on the mat and later you put your face right in the same spot.  Acne and...Read More
A personal story of challenges and wins of teaching yoga in Mandalay

Teaching Yoga in Mandalay: Difficulties and Joys

After yoga teacher training in Bali and teaching yoga for a month in Nicaragua, I decided to return to Myanmar, which had been my home for 2 years already.  I missed the life I had there, but I was also determined to bring my new passion as a yoga teacher to my Mandalay world.  This post is about the wins...Read More