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Seeking Spirituality?

Whether or not you have come to yoga seeking spirituality, you will discover that yoga is more than just a physical practice. Over time and with practice, subtle changes will begin to take form as you begin to connect with your body, breath and mind. After some time you will begin to feel what a difference a regular yogasana practice can make in how you move, breathe and think. These can in turn affect how you cope with stress and anxiety, how you manage relationships, as well as your overall health and wellbeing.

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Savasana—More than just a nap

Happy Endings Imagine a scenario in which you went out to dinner, had an amazing meal with good company in a pleasant atmosphere. However, in the last few minutes of your meal, the waiter spills the dessert in your lap ruining your best outfit. To add insult to...

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Yoga Habit Challenge

Why do so many people begin an exercise routine and quit, sometimes after only one session? Because it’s not a habit. How are other people able to commit to a new exercise regime on a weekly, or even daily basis? Because they make it a habit. So how does one form a...

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Yoga Mat Pact

Mastery in yoga is not about doing fancy poses to impress your friends or even to make you feel better about yourself. Mastery is having a practice that requires no thought, no planning, no construction. The postures and sequences simply arrive spontaneously.

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Attitude Shift

This week, I’ve been participating in an intensive at the local Iyengar school. On my second day, I had trouble getting out of bed. One of the first thoughts that came into my head was, “I am not going into headstand today.”

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Yoga Soup

Take a moment to consider how yoga is like chicken soup—all the elements are there, but it’s never the same and each person has their own unique recipe.

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Practising Yoga While Pregnant

If you are a mother-to-be seeking guidance on how to practise yoga safely, congratulations! You are very lucky to be in the position you are, creating a new life. This is an exciting time and yoga can be very beneficial to both you and your baby.

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Yoga Blankets: Folding and Uses

written by  Jen Brown of Yogasana Fitness in Belconnen In this tutorial I review the best way to fold a yoga blanket and put it to good use. I felt it was important to create this video so that you may see how beneficial it is to have a blanket with you in class....

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Safety in Asana

Risks Associated with Yoga My general classes are best suited to those without pre-existing conditions which may worsen with moderate to high physical exertion. If you have any pre-existing conditions such as high blood pressure, glaucoma, joint replacements, spinal...

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Changing Habits: A Meditation Practice

What do you do when you first become aware that you are awake? That your dreams have ended and it is now time to start your day? Do you silence the alarm, roll out of bed, stumble to the toilet, maybe splash your face with some water, find your way to the kitchen,...

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Your Excess Baggage

written by  Jen Brown of Yogasana Fitness in Belconnen As we age, we accumulate two things: memories and desires. It begins at infancy. Imagine a bubbly little cherub reacting to his environment based on his memories of a person, object or experience. His memory...

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Transitions

written by Jen Brown of Yogasana Fitness in Belconnen In yoga, as in life, all roads lead to Rome. So how you get there is really up to you. You have the freedom to choose the path that is right for you based on your desires. Will you take the path that is slow and...

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A Practically Perfect Pose

written by Jen Brown of Yogasana Fitness in Belconnen The guru of my teachers, BKS Iyengar, passed down to me that in order to receive the benefits of a pose, then one must have proper alignment. Without proper alignment, the energy will not flow as it should to heal...

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Yoga Class Etiquette

written by Jen Brown of Yogasana Fitness in Belconnen Please read this first for COVID-19 updates. I love the guy in this photo—practising yoga, having a laugh, enjoying himself. But here’s the kicker—he’s not practising yoga. He’s doing a stretch and talking on the...

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Knowledge vs Wisdom

written by Jen Brown of Yogasana Fitness in Belconnen My vocation for many years now, has been that of a teacher. Back in the 90s I taught desktop publishing. In the noughties I taught French and Spanish, and now in the 20-teens I am teaching yoga. Teaching is my way...

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Mastering Chaturanga Dandasana

written by Jen Brown of Yogasana Fitness in Belconnen It’s time to talk about Chaturanga Dandasana. You know, that pose you love to hate? This pose, unlike many other poses is a tricky one. Mainly because we are not in it for very long. Usually, just for the length of...

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Resolutions and Intentions for the New Year

written by Jen Brown of Yogasana Fitness in Belconnen As each new year rolls around, we often ask ourselves, “What is my new year’s resolution going to be?” In other words, can you be resolute—admirably purposeful, determined and unwavering—in accomplishing a task?...

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The Chakra System

written by Jen Brown of Yogasana Fitness in Belconnen If you have ever stepped into a shop that sells crystals and incense, you may have also noticed a plethora of rainbows around, on jewellery, clothing and candles. You may have thought that this was the symbol for...

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The Nadis and the Koshas

written by Jen Brown of Yogasana Fitness in Belconnen The Nadis—The Energy Channels of the Body The Nadis may sound like a 90s all-girl rock band, but they are actually the energy channels through which Prana travels. Prana is the divine energy which gives us life and...

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The Perfect Student

written by Jen Brown of Yogasana Fitness in Belconnen Recently, after teaching a class, I said my goodbyes to my regular students and checked in with each of the new students who’d joined the class for the first time. I make it my habit to make sure they know that I...

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Yoga and Physics

I have never taken a Physics class in my entire life. I bombed Chemistry in year 10 and my science career ended there. I was scarred for life. To graduate, I was not required to take another science course after that, so I didn’t.

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Words of Wisdom for Beginners of Yoga

written by Jen Brown of Yogasana Fitness in Belconnen Congratulations on deciding to give yoga a try. The fact that you have come to this website and are reading this article is a good indication that you are at least mildly curious about trying yoga, which is the...

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True To My Roots

written by Jen Brown of Yogasana Fitness in Belconnen I recently read an article about a girl of asian descent who gets irritated when people ask her where she is from. I have friends of various backgrounds who are first-generation North Americans or Australians who...

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Acceptance

written by: Jen Brown of Yogasana Fitness in Belconnen There is a big difference between teaching yoga to kids versus teaching yoga to grown-ups, and that is acceptance. Children can accept themselves and their abilities more easily than adults, at least when it comes...

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