Category: Yoga

Is Yoga a Spiritual Practice

Yoga Center of Chico
Yoga Center of Chico

By Tom Hess Yes, what makes yoga practice spiritual is the deepening of the experience for the practitioner. This inner experience is the means to see the true Self within. Most modern yoga today teach a series of postures that relate to the body with stretching and strengthening positions that increase the health of the… Read more »

What Is Yoga Therapy?

Jeanette Conery
Jeanette Conery

By Jeanette Conery The International Association of Yoga Therapists (the accrediting body for all yoga therapists) says that “Yoga Therapy is the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and well-being through the application of the philosophy and practice of Yoga.” It’s important to know that yoga therapists aren’t setting out to “cure”… Read more »

The Second Chapter of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

Patanjali-yoga sutras
Patanjali-yoga sutras

By Tom Hess   Many consider the second chapter of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali to be the most important chapter of the text for the practitioner of yoga because it describes the actual practices that one should do to follow the path of yoga. Patanjali starts out in this chapter by defining Kriya Yoga,… Read more »

Yoga Sutras of Patanjali-Chapter 4

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Patanjali-yoga sutras

By Tom Hess The fourth chapter of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali is in some ways a culmination of the body of work that has come before and, more important, it is a description of how a realized being exists on the earth. Realized beings are those who have gone through the practice of yoga… Read more »

Yoga Sutras of Patanjali-Part 3

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Patanjali-yoga sutras

The Third Chapter of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali By Tom Hess   The third chapter of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali starts with the last three of the eight limbs of yoga. The sixth limb of yoga is dharana, the art of concentration, fixing the mind on something and keeping it there. The seventh… Read more »

Yoga Sutras of Pantanjali

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Patanjali-yoga sutras

The First of Four Chapters of the Yoga Sutras of Pantanjali By Tom Hess   The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali is one of the most important texts about yoga. A lot of mystery surrounds the text—mainly who wrote it and when was it written? But the truths of the sutras are eternal. The main principal… Read more »

The Layers of the Yoga Practice

By Tom Hess   According to the Taittiriya Upanishad, there are five layers, or kosas, to traverse on our yoga paths. These layers, or sheaths, provide us a path to follow and certain signposts along the way. They also describe the depth and potential of the practice of yoga. The beginning of the journey for… Read more »

Taking a Spiritual Retreat

Reclaim Your Inner Peace: Tips and Suggestions About Taking a Spiritual Retreat By Expanding Light Retreat Staff      Everyone occasionally needs some inner rejuvenation. Whether you want to break new ground, spiritually speaking, or you simply want to reclaim your peace in the midst of a hectic life, going on retreat can be a… Read more »

Unbroken Commitment

Unbroken Commitment By Tom Hess    We at Yoga Center of Chico are celebrating our three-year anniversary this month and we want to thank the people of Chico and the greater Northern Central Valley for supporting us. We are committed to bringing you the best, most consistent yoga teaching that we can. One of the… Read more »

Kindness Above All

Kindness Above All A Community Message from Sacred Seven NPO | Awakened Yoga By C.J. Nava Kindness Whether or not we consciously acknowledge it as fact, we crave, feed on, thrive in, and long for it. Humanity has an active history embracing leaders, masters, guides—many of whom held unconditional love and kindness as a foundation… Read more »