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Sanskrit Terms

Deep Sleep: How Do You Prepare Yourself?

This post is a potpourri of some discussions we’ve had in classes this week and links sleep with the yogic concept of santosh. So this fits in with this month’s Sanskrit Challenge as we explore the Sanskrit term santosh and its practical applications, especially with regards to […]

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Sanskrit Challenge #2 – Yoga Pose Names

As we move ahead in our Sanskrit Challenge, one of the aims is to demystify Sanskrit and in particular the names of the yoga poses in their original language. While it may seem daunting and obscure, the Sanskrit language is actually very mathematical and precise. With a […]

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Sanskrit Challenge: July 2014

The Sanskrit Challenge will be our feature for the month of July 2014. In the midst of our summer fun, we will keep the brain active and learn a few new words / philosophical concepts. Every Language is Unique: Here we have to keep in mind that […]

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The Om Stone

Here below is the Om Stone, hand-carved with a hammer and chisel in New York Blue Stone by my brother Jeff – a master mason. The slab is 10 1/4″ wide x 15 3/4″ long x 2″ high and weighs 30lbs. Like all of Jeff’s stonework, it […]

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Sanskrit In Silicon Valley: NPR Podcast

In the run-up to yesterday’s Diipavali celebrations, NPR did a short special on language and how Sanskrit terms are coming into aspects of American life. The timing of this was very apropos as we recently held our first-ever Sanskrit seminar and talked about these two key points, […]

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Friendship is one of the great treasures of life. Certainly this is something we have all experienced. With friends we share our innermost thoughts, smile, console, and rejoice. And so much more… How dreary would life be without friends? In Sanskrit there are many terms for the […]

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10 Characteristics of Dharma

What is dharma First, dharma is the natural characteristic or inherent value of something. The dharma of fire is to burn and the dharma of a bird is to fly. Second, the yogis say that human dharma is based on expansion (vistara), flow of mind (rasa), and […]

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Shaoca: All-Round Purity

Here in our ongoing series we are investigating another limb of yama and niyama. With the onset of spring, this next point is quite relevant. Shaoca (also written saucha) means purity or cleanliness in all realms of life: physical, mental, emotional, environmental and spiritual. It is the […]

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Sanskrit Words Used in Class

A’sana: Literally meaning seat. This more commonly refers to a physical yoga posture which comes under the practice of hatha yoga. A’sanas are glandular based movements which bring about a balance of both body and mind. Specifically, it a position that is comfortably held that develops strength […]

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Podcast: The Ways of Karma

In this podcast, we explore how the law of karma works, as well as how you can improve your karma. How does an action lead to a reaction? What is a sam’skara? What is prakrti? What is good karma and what is bad karma? Discover how to […]

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