18 Ways Yoga Changed My Life

The term “yoga” is a Sanskrit word that means “union” or “to join”. This refers to the union of body, mind, and spirit (pretty holistic, right?). Yoga is a 5,000 year old system that analyzes everything from conduct and philosophy to breath and meditation. Though most Westerners turn to yoga for relaxation and its other health benefits, the ultimate aim of yoga is something much bigger. Through the process of purifying our thoughts and actions, yoga gives us a clear path to attain bliss, peace, and self-realization. This practice is very near and dear to me because it’s radically transformed my life from the inside out.

18 Ways Yoga Changed My Life
Among other things, yoga has helped me to decrease stress and anxiety, increase my range of motion, boost my immune system, improve my posture, heal injuries, and learn how to really concentrate. After five years of practicing yoga, you might imagine that I have developed more strength, flexibility, and balance as a result. And I have, but in more holistic ways than you…

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In Berlin With Walls On My Mind

Om Asato Maa Sad-Gamaya,
Tamaso Maa Jyotir-Gamaya,
Mrtyor-Maa Amrtam Gamaya

 

Lead us from Illusion to Reality,
Lead us from Darkness to Light,
Lead us from Death to Immortality

I must admit that I didn’t have high expectations of Berlin. I had planned to avoid Germany during this trip; I just didn’t think there was anything here that would interest me. The train route had a short layover in Berlin, however, so I decided to extend the time in Berlin and boy am I glad I did! It turns out that Berlin is…magnificent. I guess the ultimate compliment I can give a city is to say that I would go back. And I do indeed look forward to my next trip to Berlin.

People in Berlin were much more friendly than I had anticipated them to be. Many of the older women reminded me of my grandmother (come to think of it, she was probably German), which comforted me. Most everyone smiled AND SPOKE ENGLISH (#winning!). I’m not a huge proponent of their native language or cuisine, but to each their own. I’ve been surprised to discover that yoga isn’t nearly as popular in Europe as it is in the States; in order to find a studio, you…

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