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Reflections from Guru Purnima

By  Vanessa Webb | 

Out of the mouths of babes, there it was: “YOGA WORKOUT”…words spoken innocently by one of my Yoga students but which, hit me like a roll of thunder. Everything about me felt like it morphed into Van Gogh’s “The Scream”.  How had I failed her as her teacher?...


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Is it Sangha or is it Not?

By  Vanessa Webb | 

I have often felt betrayed by the Yoga “community”. What I had thought would be a true Sangha, a community of wise souls, has often turned out to be a group of popular “yogis” who hang out with each other and socialize.  I’ve learned that it is rare to find a loyal community of supportive people, who are willing to connect deeply and in a mature way…a Sangha that is non-competitive and non-exclusive...


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A Lasting Impact

By  Vanessa Webb | 

My plane was to be in Bangalore, but I was standing at the baggage carousel in the partially constructed airport in Chennai.  Three days to go and an email had landed in my Inbox from Air India, notifying me that I would be flying from Bali to Chennai instead of my expected Bali-Bangalore...


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Out On A Limb

By  Vanessa Webb | 

One of my great teachers once said “If you want to reach for the stars, it is essential that the Soul learns through experience”. The richness that is brought to our experiences through Yoga, is so deep and so true and so vast, it is a universe unto itself. Sounds a bit dramatic, even as I write it. But how can it be anything other? Life, itself, is magical. To put the first Limb of yoga into practice will change things about your Life because the Yoga system changes Your system...


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Ahimsa, Practicing the First of the First

By  Vanessa Webb | 

The wonderfulness of the First Limb of Yoga, comes from its capacity to be life changing as it unfolds through us. Its very structure (known as the Yamas and Niyamas) offers us freedom.  The anchor that this structure provides means we have the space to be Ourselves, through gaining the trust in knowing our frame of reference...


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Chasing Hearts

By  Vanessa Webb | 

We can spend years chasing after it instead of Being it, completely unaware that this is what we’re doing.  When at last we hear that first flicker of our heart’s desire, we can become so overjoyed, that we begin to chase after it in the same vein that we chased life before this new awareness.  We don’t even know we’re chasing it because we didn’t know we were chasing life to begin with…it was just the only way we knew.  Often, we’ll try to use the same skills we used before our heart’s revelation, but they don’t usually apply here.  The heart isn’t something to be chased because it is already here, it is already us, it is already our Mastery…and it operates in an entirely different realm...


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If You Want to Change the World, Love a Woman--written by Lisa Citore

By  Vanessa Webb | 

Last year, for Valentine's, I posted Lauren Wilce's gorgeous poem "If You Want to Change the World, Love a Man"...it was so popular that I wanted to share this version for this Valentine's, which was gifted to me by a friend who had read last year's post. Happy Valentine's Day to all of you absolutely stunningly gorgeous radiant women!

If you want to change the world…love a woman…really love her. Find the one who calls to your Soul, who doesn’t make sense. Throw away your check list and put your ear to her heart and listen. Hear the names, the prayers, the songs of every living thing …


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Done

By  Vanessa Webb | 

He was lying on the busy sidewalk, along the wall of a shop which stood across the street from the main market in Mapusa, India. He was on his side, using his arm as a pillow…an old man, paper thin, legs covered in flies which where nestling into the open wounds on his legs. I slowed to one of those lucid stops when you see a Being whose heart shattering situation stands right in front of you...


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For the Spirit of Courage

By  Vanessa Webb | 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once imprisoned, Joan of Arc is said to have felt shattered within herself, that she had backed down on what she knew most deeply. That she hadn’t carried through on what only she could hear. After all of her bravery, her courage and her might, in the end, she felt she had betrayed her most sacred knowing...


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I REPEATED MYSELF 108 TIMES

By  Vanessa Webb | 

I repeated myself 108 times before falling silent.  In that silence I could actually feel the vibration of my words as a palpable structure around me.  This was a breathtaking moment for me.  I was sitting in class at the time, on the cold, hard floor in the ashram in Northern India.  Earlier we had been learning Yogic Philosophy and Mantra, and I had been leaning in to every grace filled word


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