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Yoga Wisdom at Work by James D. Showkeir, Maren S. Showkeir

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sevenTHE SIXTH LIMB: FOCUS (DHARANA)

Settle in the here and now.Reach down into the centerwhere the world is not spinningand drink this holy peace.….

Donna Faulds

 

Mary was in a room filled with more than sixty yogis, though she might as well have been alone. When she is on her mat, Mary says there is nothing else: “It is me, my mat, and my breath. I am so focused on my practice that I don’t even realize who is on either side of me. After class is over, I look around and think, ‘Oh yeah, there is so and so.’”

In this class, her longtime teacher, Rod Stryker, was talking the yogis through the mechanics of Lord of the Dance pose, natarajasana, an advanced posture requiring great strength, flexibility, and most especially, balance. On the mat next ...

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