A Different Perspective of the Yamas

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The Yamas are typically translated as behavioral restraints to be practiced as part of attaining a state of Yoga, or Unity consciousness. However, Maharishi describes the Yamas as the quality of intelligence that governs a higher state of consciousness. According to Maharishi, the Yamas happen naturally as you attain greater awareness of the Self. The Yoga Sutras are not meant as steps to a higher state of consciousness, sometimes referred … Read More →

Is compassion an instrument of activism?

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In a dharma talk by Robert Beatty from Portland, he asked the question: Is compassion an instrument of activism? Isn’t that a relevant question today with so much to March about? I’ve been thinking a lot about my activism in the world; speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves; acknowledging and protecting equal rights, sharing accurate news and, researching impactful programs. I was curious to see what my students … Read More →

What are Healthy Boundaries & Why are they Essential?

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I’ve been in spiritual communities for the last 20 years and only in the last year have I discovered healthy boundaries. I used to hate feeling guilty when I said “no” because my loved ones (or strangers) would feel rejected by my healthy boundary. So I would put up with what others were putting out, effectively over-stepping my own boundary and/or exiting the situation as soon as possible. I also … Read More →

What does Rakshasa Ravana have to do with Yin yoga?

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Often in my Yin classes, I like to share the Hindu mythologies. I love story-telling, there’s always a lesson to learn and it helps students at the beginning of the practice to settle the mind. I also like talking about Ravana because he’s not often referred to, probably because he’s “the bad guy”. He’s the Rakshasa/Demon that steals Sita away from her husband, Rama while he’s out hunting in the … Read More →

3 Mantras to Assist You in Difficult Times

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As yoga practitioners we’re often facing challenges on the mat. Whether it’s self-judgment, physical challenge or mental fatigue, some practices are just plain hard. As we face these challenges on the mat, we start to notice how this is mirrored in our lives, whether it’s difficulties at work, at home or with your family. Here are my 3 favorite mantras when times get tough:   1. This too shall pass. … Read More →

What’s the best yoga for your Vata Constitution?

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In Ayurveda, we often talk about your “dosha” which means your personal constitution. Your dosha is determined by your metabolic reactions to various stimuli. For instance, some dosha types are more prone to digestive issues, mental traits or allergies. There’s a long list of possibilities and 8 dosha types possible! Quite a few of my dear friends are “Vata” dosha. I hesitate to list too many traits here, as it’s … Read More →

Why Am I changing My Yoga Practice and Integrating Biotensegrity?

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I’ve practiced yoga for 15 years, with a few anatomy trainings over the years. I used to think of the body as: a skeleton, with the soft tissues suspended from my skeletal frame.   Now, I conceptualize my body in a more holistic way. The inside of my body is a rain forest-like damp place in which everything inside becomes each other. My fascia tissue becomes my ligaments, which become … Read More →

Why is Ayurveda relevant to you? And why is it so damn fascinating?

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Ayurveda evolved over 5000 years ago. This means it is a time-tested science. For example, my friend is an obstetrician/gynecologist who was urged by his peers and the public organizations to give pregnant women estrogen hormones. 5 years later, it was discovered that those hormones were actually harmful to patients. While it is wonderful that Western science is testing and evolving, I personally don’t want to be the testing guinea … Read More →

The Work of Living in the 21st Century ~ A response to the Syrian Civil War

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The world news about the Syrian refugees has been so distressing. Sometimes, it makes what I do (facilitating yoga) seem less important. Except that, my great teachers have always wisely maintained that creating inner peace has the greatest positive effect on the world, even war. As individual people become more content, more compassionate and more aware, their ability to help others increases exponentially. The kinder and more aware we are … Read More →

Top 10 Significant Events of 2014

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What do with significant events of 2014 have to do with yoga? Yoga embraces everything we do on and off the mat. Yoga brings awareness into “how” we do what we do. The world changes as a result of our smallest actions. So be proud of this list, you have probably contributed to it in some big or small way. 10. “Gangnam Style” is the first video to reach 2 … Read More →

Props

“What makes the course unique is that one feels this knowledge in their bones. You feel a deep resonance of inner knowingness that has always been there but has never been acknowledged before.”
~Miranda, Edmonton AB

“It taught me how simple it is to go back to loving yourself, with many easy techniques that take just 5 seconds to center you in your body. I am still benefiting every day from the simple, practical ways of unfolding into your own grace and assertiveness.”
~Erin, Vancouver BC

“Simple Truths revealed.”
~Dorothy, Yoga Instructor Salt Spring Island BC

 

Me… so far

© Cloe AignerJust like my grandfather who told his stories from India, I love telling stories that help us to see and understand ourselves. I'm working on creating peace on the planet by working on both our inner and outer worlds. As Carl Jung put it: "As within, so without". Or as Maharishi said “If you accomplish something at the gross and sacrifice the subtle, what have you accomplished?”
I'm no guru and I don't have all the answers. I make mistakes and I think that makes me a better teacher. The insights and tools that I offer are like a roadmap for the grounded spiritual seeker and they help to give clarity and understanding for your experiences. Together, we'll keep it real with heart, humility and laughter. Read More About my Journey...

 

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