Spirituality & Health Magazine

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By:
Will Donnelly
The New Year is fast approaching, and with it the opportunity to reflect on how we did this past year. It’s an important time to focus on what we’d like to create in the coming year. But this is no ordinary year, as the Mayan calendar officially ends on December 21, 2012, and astrologically...
By:
Will Donnelly
About a year ago, I was leading a creative writing class and I gave the students this prompt: “If you could be a superhero with one power, what would that power be?” Instantly, snickers and giggles rippled around the table of six writers. We had 15 minutes to complete this task. Then I added: “And...
By:
Will Donnelly
The teachings found in yoga are unafraid to address the notion of death. In fact, understanding and acceptance of the inevitability of death is seen as something that paradoxically frees one to be more fully alive in this moment. As a teacher, I thought I had fairly clear ideas on it. That is,...
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Will Donnelly
“You can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make him drink” - Proverb Recently I was at a marketplace in the old sugar plantation town of Hilo, on the east side of the Big Island of Hawaii, about an hour from where I now live. It’s a once-bustling sugar cane industry town that now finds itself...
By:
Will Donnelly
"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." - Theodore Roosevelt I just completed leading a yoga retreat in Hawaii, and as we concluded, students asked how to keep their practice, and the wonderful feeling of inspiration associated with it, going once they returned to the mainland. I am...
By:
Will Donnelly
If I had a nickel for every person who said to me “I can’t meditate,” I’d be rich. But for the multitudes of people who have busy, focused lives yet say they cannot meditate, there is an irony to their words. If you can focus, you can meditate. Let me share with you in more detail what I mean. I...
By:
Will Donnelly
What is a guru, and does this concept have anything to do with your yoga practice? The idea of a guru is a fairly common concept in India, the birthplace of yoga. In the 1960’s, The Beatles brought this idea of “finding a guru” to the popular culture, as the group set off to India and began...
By:
Will Donnelly
Does having a physically fit, flexible body mean that a yoga student is better at the practice than someone who is not as flexible or in shape? On the surface, our Western mind seems to shout the answer to this question with a resounding “Of course”. But if we look just beneath the surface, the...

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