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Finding a Still Point in a Turning World

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More Perfect Union

Arkansas Yoga Center

“Northwest Arkansas provides many wonderful studios and competent instructors with whom to learn poses and flows of all shapes and varieties”

By Alexander Wayne

Our essential nature is one of boundless joy and wisdom. Yoga is the term given to myriad psycho-spiritual traditions of the East that culminate in the experiential awareness of this most basic Truth. In the West we have mostly come to associate yoga with a physical practice of multilevel isometric routines and poses in the same vein as an aerobics or group fitness class. The practice of asana- the Sanskrit name given to a mindful pose, meaning seat-is a wonderful portal into this vast Science of Self. That being said, physical control is but a precondition to yoga, defined in the discipline’s anchor text as ‘citta vrtti nihrodha’- the cessation of the turnings of thought. Essentially, and indeed paradoxically, we practice control of the body so that we might release our association with it.

Northwest Arkansas provides many wonderful studios and competent instructors with whom to learn poses and flows of all shapes and varieties. For those interested in exploring the non-physical realms of yogic philosophy and practice, including breath and subtle energy work (pranayama), kundalini kriyas, sense withdrawal (pratyahara), and meditation, as well as exploring the basic questions of human existence, just a small amount of effort in the direction of Self will provide the seeker with an array of wise and knowledgable local teachers. Alexander Wayne teaches yoga at Fiddlehead Fern Therapeutics and World Gym.

For more information on what NWA has to offer, check out The Free Weekly’s 8 Days Calendar under Mind, Body, Spirit. Also, check out our ads for our yoga-friendly sponsors.

Alexander Wayne teaches yoga at Fiddlehead Fern Therapeutics and World Gym. He can be reached at yogaoftheozarks@gmail.com

Yoga Studios In Fayetteville:

Arkansas Yoga Center, www.aryoga.com

Passage’s Rising, www.passagesrising.com

Yoga Deza, www.yogadeza.com

Maitri Yoga, www.maitriyogaarkansas.com

Fiddlehead Fern Therapeutics, fiddleheadferntherapy.com

Fayetteville Public Library, www.faylib.org

Soul Yoga Lounge, www.facebook.com/soulyogalounge

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