by Jennie Lee
There is no denying that we live in a time and a culture
that is focused on self, and our efforts to be known and seen how we
want to be perceived usually produces the opposite outcome than the one
we intend. How can we become what we want to be, rather than appearing
how we want? Jennie Lee, author of True Yoga, illustrates the power introspection
has to change our lives for the better.
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1. There are so many types of
yoga. How do you define "True Yoga?"
True Yoga is the full spectrum of practices
and philosophies outlined in Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. It includes ethical
lifestyle practices, physical movement, energy control, introspection,
meditation, selfless service, and devotion. This is called Raja (Royal) Yoga, or what I call
True Yoga. The Yoga Sutras
are the outline to these practices, and I focus on a section of the Sutras called the "Eight Limbs of
Yoga." I teach these on some level in every class and client session. I
am a Yoga Therapist, so when physical yoga (Asana) is needed, I teach a
mixture of traditions, including Astaanga, Vinyasa, Kundalini, Kripalu,
Yin, and Restorative, depending on the capabilities and goals of the
has practicing True Yoga improved your life?
Yoga didn't just improve my life—it saved
my life. The whole reason I delved so deeply into the yoga teachings
was because I have had an inordinate amount of loss and grief with
which to deal—deaths of loved ones, two divorces, abuse, suicide,
depression, single parenthood, and financial hardship. In the teachings
of True Yoga I found inspiration and actual strategies for overcoming
these challenges, ways to improve my thought, balance my emotions, and
connect to Spirit. Of course I still have down days when I feel
frustrated and sad. But I have a big toolbox to reach into and find my
way back to strength and positivity. The inner practices of the Eight
Limbs of Yoga enabled me to find authentic happiness and to retain this
joy even when life delivers difficulty. In my Yoga Therapy sessions
with clients, I have taught these principles and have seen again and
again how powerfully transformative they are.
anyone can benefit from True Yoga?
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Nature Spirituality From the Ground Up: Exploring
the Totemic Ecosystem
Most people who work with animal totems and other animal
spirits don't do much with their plant, fungus, and other counterparts.
There's nothing wrong with being a specialist; but, sometimes we get so
tunnel-visioned on our fellow animals that we forget there's anything
else out there. How can we re-connect with our full ecosystem, both
locally and globally? Lupa, author of the new Nature Spirituality from the Ground Up, explains.
How to Use Affirmations That Work
by Amy B. Scher
For some people, not only do affirmations not work, but
they can also actually make things worse. How can we create
affirmations that will work for us and allow us to avoid accidental
self-sabotage? Amy B. Scher, author of How to Heal Yourself When No One Else Can,
provides some tips and tricks.