Anandamaya Kosha: The depths of Yoga’s love.
In yogic philosophy, our souls are comprised of five sheaths that begin at the periphery of the body, and move inwards to the most central core of our spirit. By practicing yoga, we dance our way through the interwoven sheaths, called koshas, which can be imagined like layers of an onion.  The objective is to move from the outer layers of purely physical sensation, to the infinite interior of our spiritual center. While studies of the five koshas could last a lifetime, we’ll cut straight to the depths of the deepest one: Anandamaya kosha. This is the radiant core of our...
24 hours in Yogaville
This documents my first two days at Yogaville. For the article explaining why I am here, click here. DAY ONE As I was approaching the Ashram for the first time, I felt a surge of energy I have not felt before. It was a pulse in my body, but I was not nervous; it was more of a feeling of arriving—home. I was early to the Ashram so I could sign in and settle. Walking clueless around the welcome center, a man stared at my suitcase, laughed and quickly pointed me at the right direction. Although graduation from college (which...
Home Address: Yoga Ashram, USA
This year was monumental in my life—I guess every year really is considering I’ve only lived 22 of them. But in those 22 years I have been slowly finding confidence in who I am and what I want to do. I mention this because of the misconception that comes to people who go “escape” from their lives – oh lets say— to go live at a yoga ashram in the mountains for a month. When telling friends and family that I have decided to do a work/study program in Yogaville for a month, the reactions have been mixed: extreme joy...
Meditation Myth Buster!
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Finally found my “Y?”: Yoga
By: Melanie I am ashamed to disclose how many times in my life I have admitted to being a “chubster” (I’ve coined the term, basically meaning glutton who often oscillates in body weight and is obsessed with sweets and food.) From counting calories, to bizarre diets I made up in my head in my teenage years, to turning raw vegan, to eating only locally grown food—I have been attempting to get healthier and to lose weight since I was probably 11 or 12 years old. Although sometimes seeming virtuous, all attempts were empty. After so many years I finally figured...

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