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April 28, 2018

5 Ways Yoga Can Make Your Recovery Easier

Yoga is an ancient spiritual practice that originated in India thousands of years ago, and is encouraged for everyone to practice today as a way to connect the mind, body and spirit through breath, movement and postures. The word ‘yoga’ is Sanskrit for ‘unite’, ‘join’, or ‘attach’. Although it’s a physical practice, yoga is much more than exercise, and increasing your flexibility and strength. It’s a way of life that encourages you to feel connectedness and compassion to yourself and others by focusing your attention inward, silencing the mind, and controlling your breath. This is why yoga is an invaluable tool for recovery and maintaining sobriety: it can help silence the inner voice that may keep you stuck in negative thought patterns— which can trigger addictive behaviours— and increase your mental strength and awareness. Let’s look closer at how yoga as a tool can make your recovery easier. Why Yoga is an Essential Tool for Addiction Recovery and Your Overall Well-Being 1. Yoga Increases Your Self Awareness (Which Leads to Lasting Change) Addiction is a form of escapism from pain and emotional trauma you’ve experienced in the past, which causes a disconnect between the body and mind, and takes you […]
June 20, 2018

Internation Yoga Festival & Expo 2018 – President’s Message

Namaste, Welcome and thank you for being part of International day of Yoga. I feel humble to congratulate Yoga Festival and Expo Team to make 4th United National International Day of Yoga sucessful like the previous three years. Yoga is something that is very close to my heart. It is, I believe, so much more than what it has been reduced to nowadays by fitness fads and is an integral part of Indian culture. Yoga is about health, meditation, wellness, and peace. It is a complete nourishment of the soul and that is exactly what the Yoga festival is meant to convey. There is also one thing that it is not. Rigid. Yoga allows everyone who practices it to find a happy balance for themselves. Anyone who accepts the yogic lifestyle will come away enriched and find the positivity percolating through every aspect of their lives. Yoga is, more than anything else, about the union of the mind, body, and spirit. Our festival is open to all kinds of yoga practitioners who may have different philosophies when it comes to the actual asanas. We also try to incorporate par ticipation from yoga schools of different sizes, not just the large ones but also the smaller ones so […]
June 21, 2018

Thank you all – International Yoga festival & Expo 2018

International Yoga Festival & Expo 2018 – Magazine Events which are close to the heart and require you to work hard towards for a long time can leave you with a feeling of emptiness once they have been achieved. Yet, now on the day after the completion of the 4th Yoga festival and Expo, I sit with a sense of peace and calmness. Yoga has resonated very closely with the people of Vancouver who attended the festival in great numbers and made it a success. My aim behind this festival has always been to be able to bring a piece of Indian culture and life to Canada. Seeing so many people experience a slice of satvic life made my heart gladden. I would also like to thank all of the yoga schools and teachers that took part in this festival. All of them put their best foot forward and ensured that the unadulterated and true message of yoga could be spread to everyone who attended. An endeavor like this would also not be possible without our sponsors. I am happy to say that corporations were happy to support our cause and be a part of this event. The idea of sustainable […]
October 5, 2018

Patanjali Yoga Sutra

Sutra means thread, formula or a principle expressed in a few words. Yoga would mean add or to connect or put together. In order to guide the humanity to spiritual discipline via meditation, sage Patanjali wrote “Yoga Sutra” some 1500 years ago, in around 500 AD. The book of yoga consists of four chapters. Chapter 1, the Yoga and its aims, has 51 sutras. The remaining 3 chapters are: chapter2: Yoga and its practices (55sutras), chapter 3: Yoga and its powers (56 sutras) and chapter 4: Liberation or Samadhi (33 sutras). We shall now describe, in short, the essence, meaning and the purpose detailed in each chapter. In chapter 1, the first sutra, is a style of starting a book, as is common in any old Sanskrit work. “Ath Yoganusashanam”, meaning, here begins the instruction of Yoga. Remember the word ath meaning “here we begin”. The second sutra is the key to the whole book. It defines what yoga is and possibly what it is not. “Yogah chitta vritti nirodhah”. Yoga is the control of the wavering mind. Yoga is not a hard physical exercise. A yogi is not a muscular person. His/her body would be smooth, without muscles, as […]