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Four centuries ago there was a Tibetan master named the First Panchen Lama. He learned the traps that can ruin our meditation, and he learned how to beat these
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In the Yoga of Lady Niguma, we purposely work up the chakras from the bottom, rather than attacking for example the heart chakra first, directly. This is because the heart has three turns of the two side channels choking it, and is therefore the most difficult of the knots to open. We are advised in the scriptures to go at this chakra by approaching it from the bottom, opening up the easier, lower chakras one by one, in successive order, bringing the prana up towards the heart chakra gradually, and then opening it.

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Lady Niguma's exact dates are not known, but she lived right around 1000 AD. She is famous for having taught the Tibetan sage Kyungpo Neljor the secret practice
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The reason to be a yoga teacher is to help others be happy. And we can’t do that if we haven’t been able to make ourselves happy. So your work is cut out for you: achieve your own financial independence; a great relationship (or a great celibacy, if that’s really your thing); youthful vigor; and the capacity to save the entire world. And then you can teach these things to others.

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The four universal dreams So far in this series of posts, we’ve been talking about: 1) how to get your students to come back to your classes2) how to establish
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If one task is to get people to come back to yoga class, another is to inspire them to do their yoga practice daily, if only for a short amount of time. Anyone who has truly gotten deep benefit out of yoga knows that this requires a daily practice—opening up the channels and chakras is really a lot easier with a modest, regular, daily practice. Here then are some tips for getting people to actually do a daily practice.
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If one task is to get people to come back to yoga class, another is to inspire them to do their yoga practice daily, if only for a short amount of time. Anyone
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This is a very interesting topic for anyone serious about a spiritual path, especially for serious meditators and practitioners of yoga. As we explore this idea here we'll also include links to related content on The Knowledge Base so you can delve deeper into some of the ideas introduced in this post.

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This is a very interesting topic for anyone serious about a spiritual path, especially for serious meditators and practitioners of yoga. As we explore this idea
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Learning to breath properly during asana is essential in getting prana or inner wind to move through the body properly—which is the whole point of the asana.

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Reading Reading: Breathing An Introduction to Breathing Learning to breath properly during asana is essential in getting prana or inner wind to move through the
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Four centuries ago there was a Tibetan master named the First Panchen Lama. He learned the traps that can ruin our meditation, and he learned how to beat these traps. He described all this in a book called The Devil Debates an Angel, a very funny and profound argument between the Devil and an Angel, inside of one's person's mind.

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The holy grail of a spiritual life is to reach a state of total love for every single person and creature that we encounter, throughout the day, every day. How the Buddhas of the past first reached this love themselves is described in many of the sutras. It is said, for example, that the current Buddha first perfected this love in the realms of hell.

In a lifetime many millions of lives before he was born into this world, he took birth there amidst the hellfires, compelled like an ox to pull a huge wagon across the burning ground, mercilessly whipped by guards of the hell, yoked with a team of other hellbeings. And it is said that he gave up his life there, in the hells, to protect another from the whips.

But how love began is found in another sutra, called The Different Forms of Karma (Karma Vibhanga)

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The Beginning of Love The holy grail of a spiritual life is to reach a state of total love for every single person and creature that we encounter, throughout th
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So far, we’ve been talking about how to get your students to come back to your classes, and how to establish a daily yoga practice, because this is what will really help them. It’s important though to think a lot about what will really help your students—what will help them achieve the dreams that they have for their own lives.
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Help them define their dream So far, we’ve been talking about how to get your students to come back to your classes, and how to establish a daily yoga practice,
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If they don’t come back, it doesn’t matter what you can teach. As a yoga teacher, we need to spend a lot of time thinking about how to make our class a pleasant, enjoyable, uplifting experience. The goal of having a class is to help the student. We can’t help them if they have an unpleasant experience in our class and don’t come back.

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If they don’t come back, it doesn’t matter what you can teach As a yoga teacher, we need to spend a lot of time thinking about how to make our class a pleasant,
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New Video of the Lady Niguma Yoga Series just posted.

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Lady Niguma's exact dates are not known, but she lived right around 1000 AD. She is famous for having taught the Tibetan sage Kyungpo Neljor the secret practice
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The following bit of advice on how to finish our yoga practice was excerpted from The Crystal Mirror which Reveals the Machine of the Body, compiled by Marpa the Translator, also known as Marpa Chukyi Lodro (1012-1097).

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The following bit of advice on how to finish our yoga practice was excerpted from The Crystal Mirror which Reveals the Machine of the Body: a book of instructio
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The Knowledge Base is a collection of thousands of free teachings on yoga, meditation, Buddhism, success, and relationships. It is about sharing a new view of the world which can make you successful in every aspect of life. The basic tenet is that our reality is shaped by the how well we take care of others. Acts of kindness towards others create seeds in the mind that determine everything about the people and the world around us, as reflected in everything from our finances, health, and partner, on up to happiness, peace of mind, and enlightenment itself.
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The Knowledge Base is about sharing a new view of the world which can make you successful in every aspect of life. Its basic tenet is that our reality is shaped by the how well we take care of others. Acts of kindness towards others create seeds in the mind that determine everything about the people and the world around us, as reflected in everything from our finances, health, and partner, on up to happiness, peace of mind, and enlightenment itself.

Our work begins with original scriptures and ends in fun, modern courses. First we partner with friends at the Asian Classics Input Project (ACIP) to locate the original ancient texts, and preserve them digitally for future generations. Next we translate these texts into English and other modern languages in an accurate and readable form. These translations are taught to ordinary members of society in courses, public talks, seminars, and trainings that help real people with every part of their life: their job, their partner, their family, their health, and their inner spiritual life. The Knowledge Base team then records audio, video and creates transcriptions of all these teachings which are then archived and published here for the world to use free of charge.

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The Knowledge Base is an ongoing project to preserve and publish the life work of Geshe Michael Roach, one of the modern world's most prolific teachers of Buddhism, yoga and meditation.

The Knowledge Base Archive currently contains over 7,000 hours of teachings by Geshe Michael Roach and his senior teachers in twenty-four languages, and more than 12,000 pages of original translations, books and course materials. If you were to listen to a single class per day, it would take you over nine years to hear everything!

In August of 2010, The Knowledge Base was launched featuring hundreds of classes and thousands of pages of translations. This is an ongoing project and every week we will publish at least one new course. Please keep checking back for new content and enhancements.

Geshe Michael Roach is the first American to have been awarded the degree of Geshe, or Master of Buddhism, after more than 20 years of study in Tibetan monasteries. Over the last 30 years he has taught over 3,000 classes, and translated more than 10,000 pages of Tibetan and Sanskrit literature. His numerous books have been translated into over 30 languages, and he has trained hundreds of teachers from all over the world.
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