Yoga Retreats – 4 Things to Expect

If you do yoga, you might practice at a studio, or at home.  Maybe you have a buddy system in place to get you to class or made yoga part of your morning routine.  Making yoga a consistent part of your daily life will improve your physical and mental health.  At some point, after the […]

Inspiring Actions Celebrates 15 years!

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January 28th marks 15 years since we opened our doors at Inspiring Actions!  Owner and founder Tracey Mortenson had a vision to create a yoga studio that paid special attention to beginners, people who are interested in learning about the healing benefits of yoga but might be hesitant to walk into their first class.  A […]

Causes of Suffering – Klesha #5: Abhinivesah (Fear of death)

In a previous post we learned about the five kleshas, or causes of suffering, according to yogic/Buddhist tradition.  If you missed that post, check it out here!  The kleshas are thinking patterns that cause us unnecessary pain and cloud our perception of life and of ourselves.  They are defined in the Yoga Sutras, written between 200 […]

Causes of Suffering – Klesha #4: Dvesha (avoidance)

In our previous post we learned about the five kleshas, or causes of suffering, according to yogic/Buddhist tradition.  If you missed that post, check it out here!  The kleshas are thinking patterns that cause us unnecessary pain and cloud our perception of life and of ourselves.  They are defined in the Yoga Sutras, written between 200 […]

Causes of Suffering – Klesha #3: Raga (attachment)

In our previous post we learned about the five kleshas, or causes of suffering, according to yogic/Buddhist tradition.  If you missed that post, check it out here! The kleshas are considered mental obstacles to enlightenment.  They are states of mind or being that cause unnecessary suffering in our lives and can be overcome by conscious insight and […]

Causes of Suffering – Klesha #2: Asmita (egoism)

In our previous post we learned about the five kleshas, or causes of suffering, according to yogic/Buddhist tradition.  If you missed that post, check it out here!  The five kleshas are mental afflictions that distort our perception of reality and cloud our judgement.  Although the kleshas originate in the mind, they manifest in behavior on […]

Causes of Suffering – Klesha #1: Avidya (ignorance)

In our previous post we learned about the five kleshas, or causes of suffering, according to yogic/Buddhist tradition.  If you missed that post, check it out here!  The five kleshas are mental afflictions that distort our perception of reality and cloud our judgement.  Although the kleshas originate in the mind, they manifest in behavior on […]

Intro to the 5 Kleshas: Causes of Suffering

Suffering is part of the human experience, and we will all experience it in unique ways.  In our lives we will experience setbacks, confusion, and even death.  Yoga teaches us to approach suffering with acceptance and curiosity.  As a result, we are less thrown off by our experiences.  This type of suffering is external, but […]

Gratitude and Surrender – 2 Essential Yogic Concepts

Winter is officially upon us and in many parts of the world, signifies a slowdown in nature.  In the spring and summer months, nature is vibrant with color.  Trees have green leaves and colorful blossoms, flowers open to the sunlight, and plants grow from a seed to a vegetable in a matter of months.  Earth […]

Drum Circles

Drums are the oldest instrument on the planet, and they have been used for thousands of years for spiritual purposes (read more about the history of drums and drum circles here).  Many cultures use drums for connecting to the Divine and gaining spiritual clarity and direction.  They are also used as a way to get […]