Posts by Jesse Russell

Grounded

Vata season can be chaotic. The predominance of the air element can have us feeling all over the place, like leaves blowing in the wind. Our society is fast-paced enough as it is, and with school back in session, numerous holidays and shorter days, it can feel like there’s hardly enough time to keep up…

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The Art of Lighting Yourself on Fire

Yoga is about being totally Zen all the time and being able to strike a fancy pose atop a mountain in front of a waterfall, or at least that’s how it’s portrayed in the public eye. In reality, the practice has little to do with being able to stand on our head or twist like…

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Growing Pains

If I’ve learned anything since beginning my journey of self-transformation through yoga and other means, it’s that growth is anything but comfortable. Many of the situations in my life which have forced me to grow have felt like moments of despair. During those periods of time, it felt more like being caught in quicksand rather…

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Spring Cleansing

It’s that symbolical time of the year in which it’s out with the old and in with the new. But in order for there to be room for anything new and good to be taken in, we have to clear out some of the junk which has been piling up. As good as it feels…

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Reflection on Awakening

  Throughout March I have been contemplating what awakening means to me. I can’t say that I had any radical awakening moments in which my view of the world was completely shattered. There were no miraculous glimpses into the Oneness of all existence in which my ego was eradicated by a Divine force. If awakening…

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Rise and Shine

Like the Sun in the morning, moments of awakening often shed light on areas of our life which may have been hidden in the dark. Light is often metaphorically attributed to consciousness, and with the growing daylight hours of March we’re reminded of the expansive nature of consciousness. We begin to see things which may…

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Chaturanga Dandasana: A Safe Approach to a Common Pose

Chaturanga dandasana (low plank pose) is one of the most frequently practiced asanas (poses). It’s part of the sun salutation which is a common series worked into practically every yoga class. Of all the poses in the sun salutation, chaturanga is often the one pose that practitioners tend to struggle to do safely and correctly.…

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Love the Way You Move

Though Valentine’s Day has come and gone, everyday is an opportunity to love. With so much emphasis placed on showering our significant others with gifts and affection, it’s important we’re “filling our own cup,” so to speak, with love and affection as well. Self-love is an art and a practice, and it’s essential for our…

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