Living Dharma: Class 02 - Dharma

Dharma: Why are we here and what is our purpose? If you've ever considered the idea that it was no accident that you were born, then the next thought should be, "How should I live and what should I do that fulfills the reason for my life?" Dharma looks at what...

Living Dharma: Class 03 - Artha

Artha: According to the Vedic culture, one of the four duties, or purusharthas, in human life is the creation of wealth. But, how can we really understand this as a sacred dharma when we live in a money-obsessed world that seems bent on destroying everything in the name of profit? As...

Living Dharma: Class 04 - Kama

Kama: How does the enjoyment of life feed the soul? In western traditions, pleasure was often seen as sinful and in opposition to spiritual pursuits, while the east took a very different point of view. In this class, Jeffrey Armstrong shows how the Vedic culture used Kama, or the sixty-four arts...

Living Dharma: Class 05 - Moksha

Moksha: Why is it that we so often feel trapped: in our jobs, our relationships and our daily lives? Is it possible that our deep yearning for freedom is an essential quality of the atma (soul) and therefore, we unconsciously rebel against being stuck or limited in any way? By understanding...

Living Dharma: Class 06 - Summary

DHARMA Summary: Why are we here and what is our purpose? If you've ever considered the idea that it was no accident that you were born, then the next thought should be, "How should I live and what should I do that fulfills the reason for my life?" Dharma looks at...

Living Dharma: Complete Series

Introduction – Karma Dharma Artha Kama Moksha Summary   Introduction - Karma Science teaches us that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. The ancient Vedic culture knew that these laws governed more that merely the physical world and also included human evolution from lifetime to lifetime....

Perfecting the 8 Limbs of Yoga: Class 01 - Asana - The Awareness of Sitting

Asana is defined as sitting in a pleasing, steady and comfortable posture. Other asanas or yogic poses are designed to balance the bodily energies and cultivate the life force. Ultimately, Asana is meant to steady our relation to the Earth as the platform for meditation._________________________________________________________________Perfecting the 8 Limbs of Yoga...

Perfecting the 8 Limbs of Yoga: Class 02 - Pranayama - The Balance of Life

Air, life force, prana, chi, qi, all these interconnected terms are part of understanding the subtle relationship between breathing, mental state and our vital energy. Yoga teaches the art and sciences of bringing these subtle energetics into balance._________________________________________________________________Perfecting the 8 Limbs of Yoga also includes the following classes:01—Asana – The...

Perfecting the 8 Limbs of Yoga: Class 03 - Pratyahara

Pratyahara is the stage of yoga where the senses are withdrawn from their outer attachments in order to develop greater awareness of our consciousness. When this stage is reached, the seeker goes through a searching self examination. Sensory control and purification that are not only essential in yogic practice but...

Perfecting the 8 Limbs of Yoga: Class 04 - Dharana - Holding One-Pointed Focus of the Mind

Dharana is the Limb of Patanjali’s Ashta Anga Yoga that deals with the nature and control of the mind. It teaches the techniques of mental focus, one-pointedness, clarity and inner vision. The mind is the "king" of the senses and Dharana is the crown of knowledge teaching how to remove...

Perfecting the 8 Limbs of Yoga: Class 05 - Dhyana - The Art of Meditating & its Many Forms

The central limb of the 8 limbed Ashtanga Yoga is Dhyana, which means meditation. In China the word was pronounced CHAN, and in Japan it became ZEN. There are many kinds of meditations, each leading the practitioner to specific goals, powers and states of being. This class contains "The Secret"...

Perfecting the 8 Limbs of Yoga: Class 06 - Samadhi - The State of Meditative Sameness

Samadhi is the final stage of yogic consciousness and results in the ability to become completely absorbed in the objects of meditation. Through this skill, all forms of self-realization and perfection can be achieved. Samadhi is the final step of meditation in which the fruit of transcendental awareness becomes available._________________________________________________________________Perfecting...

Perfecting the 8 Limbs of Yoga: Class 07 - Yama - 5 Conscious Restraints for Yogic Action in the World

Yama is the Limb of Ashtanga Yoga that teaches correct action in relation to the world. This limb includes techniques for overcoming anger, mastering sexual energetics, learning trust, non-attachment, the art of aligning speech with action and many more important yogic lifestyle skills._________________________________________________________________Perfecting the 8 Limbs of Yoga also includes...

Perfecting the 8 Limbs of Yoga: Class 08 - Niyama - The 5 Observances of Individual Conduct

This limb of yogic action reveals the internal or personal actions and qualities that support and sustain individual practice. External and internal cleanliness, contentment, correct austerity, self-awareness and proper worship are just some of the important topics of this limb._________________________________________________________________Perfecting the 8 Limbs of Yoga also includes the following classes:01—Asana...

Perfecting the 8 Limbs of Yoga: Class 09 - A Summary of the 8 Limbs of Patanjali's Ashtanga Yoga

Although the practices of Ashtanga Yoga are difficult and originally meant for practice in a pure and isolated environment, there is much in the 8 Limbs of Yoga that can empower our modern yogic lifestyle. This integration of all 8 Limbs summarizes their key points and gives strategies for living...

Perfecting the 8 Limbs of Yoga: Complete Series

The Secret Knowledge of Yoga & Meditation taught in the Vedas and Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.Anyone who has been introduced to yoga soon learns that Asanas (postures) and Pranayama (breathing) are but two of it’s practices. Those two are actually part of the eight subjects that are known as Ashtanga...