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Elliot's Backpacking Trip through Yellowstone National Park

10 Days and 9 Nights Journeying through Yellowstone National Park’s Back Country

Elliot's Yellowstone Adventure Overview Yellow is my Walking Routes Pink is my Hitching Routes When I first arrived in Cody, ...
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The Abdominal Wall and Attraction to Potential Partners

Have you ever been at the gym doing crunches and planks with your buddies and had no idea what you ...
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Human Shoulder Anatomy and Physiology

There are 3 bones in the human shoulder, or glenohumeral joint; the humerus, the clavicle, and the scapula. These bones ...
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Anatomy of the Femur Bone: The Pillar of Support for the Human Skeleton

Introducing the most Massive and Strongest (in most ways) Bone in the Human Body There are 62 bones in the ...
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Mula Bandha | मूल बंध (Bandhas part 1/4)

The Mula Bandha and the Perineal Muscles Sanskrit for "MULA" - मूल In Sanskrit, Mula means "root", foundation, origin, source, and ...
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What Does Cold Weather do to Your Body?

Cold Weather and Lower Temperatures Affect the Human Body The Human Body is made to deal with the Cold Cold ...
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The Sciatic Nerve: A River of Energy Suppyling Human Legs

The Anatomy of the Sciatic Nerve Also known as the ischiadic nerve or ischiatic nerve, the Sciatic Nerve is the largest nerve in ...
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Yoga's Heart Benefits

Five of Yoga’s Heart Benefits (Heart Health)

5 of Yoga's Heart Benefits Yoga's Heart benefits are rather robust, ranging from increased circulatory function to decreased heart rate, ...
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Human Bone Anatomy | Osteology

What are Bones? Bones are not inanimate rock like structures in the human body; bones are organs that produce red and ...
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The Anatomy of Nose Breathing

Why is Nose Breathing Important? Nose breathing is the most essential part of yoga. It is also poorly understood in ...
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Vegetable Protein Sources for the Average Vegetarian

Vegetable Protein Sources Vegetable protein isn't hard to find. In fact, it's probably already in your house, disguised. I am ...
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Yoga’s Primary Benefits: Control of the Autonomic Nervous System

Yoga's Primary Benefits Honestly, yoga's primary benefits are still unknown. Our science isn't good enough yet. Not really. Science is ...
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Yin Yoga Meditation

A Unique Approach to Meditation Meditation is one of my favorite things. Yoga, sitting cross-legged while doing various mental exercises, ...
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5 Reasons I Don’t Practice Ashtanga Everyday

I still practice Ashtanga. Just not every day. I practiced every day while I was in India up until 3 ...
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Ujjayi Breathing – The Victorious Yogic Breath

The "Victorious" Breath That changes in respiration that occur during a yoga practice might be the greatest benefit of yoga ...
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Krishna Pattabhi Jois

Krishna Pattabhi Jois is the founder of the Ashtanga style of yoga and one of the most influential yoga teachers ...
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Adjusting Ashtanga

I am a huge fan of the Ashtanga practice. The intensity, the discipline, the mindlessness, and the routine of the sequential ...
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The Human Body is an Ecosystem (Part 4/5 : Gastro-Intestinal Micro-Organisms)

Part 4: Micro Organisms of the Gut Please see the other parts of the article; once they are completed the links ...
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The Human Body is an Ecosystem (Part 3/5 : Oral Micro-Organisms)

Part 3: Micro-organisms in the Mouth Please see the other parts of the article; once they are completed the links will ...
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Hand Anatomy, Physiology, and Use

The Usefulness of Man's Hand The hand is one of the most intricate and useful mechanisms of the entire human body; ...
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The Human Body is an Ecosystem (Part 2 of 5: Skin Micro-Organisms)

Part 2: Micro-organisms on the Skin Please see the other parts of the article; once they are completed the links ...
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The Human Body is an Ecosystem (Part 1 of 5)

Part 1: Anatomy of the Human MicroBiome Please see the other sections of the article; once they are completed the links ...
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Anatomy of the Lower Back

(Part 1 of 2: Muscular Skeletal System) If you have practiced yoga lately, chances are that you sat on the ...
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Chemicals in Yoga

Everything is chemical. It is the basis of all matter in the universe. It is easy to think of some ...
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Keeping Knees safe in Hip Openers

Over the past few months, I have been working diligently toward lotus pose. This has led me to some very ...
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The Responsibility of Ashtanga

I love being able to learn yoga from multiple sources, multiple teachers with subjective and unique viewpoints. I think this ...
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Ayurveda | आयुर्वेद

About 80% of the world's population relies on tradition remedies for their health care needs. India has many alternative medical ...
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10 Metabolic Facts to help you Optomize your Nutrition

I have been experimenting with nutrition for over 6 years, ever since I had the desire to get the most ...
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The Last Diet you’ll ever Need.

Are you looking for the list of ten things? I hate to break it to you, but your body's nutritional ...
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The Respiratory System

Anatomy of Lungs and Respiration Get ready to be blown away by something you have done every moment of your ...
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Saraswati | Sarasvatī | सरस्वती

Saraswathi is a Hindu goddess, part of the trinity with Lakshmi and Parvati; she is a representation of knowledge, music, ...
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Lakshmi | Lakṣmī | लक्ष्मी

Lakshmi is the Hindu goddess of wealth, prosperity, love, fortune, and is considered the embodiment of beauty. She is the ...
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Vishnu is my favorite god, I think he is the best representation of the type of god that sustains the ...
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Ganesha – The Hindu Elephant God

The Remover of Obstacles The hindu god Ganesha is a powerful archetypal symbol. He represents the removal of obstacles, and ...
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The Mahabharata | महाभारतम्

The Mahabharata is one of the two major epic stories written in Sanskrit in ancient India, the other being the ...
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The Monkey God Hanuman

Hanuman is a Varana, or a shapeshifting monkey-humanoid from the ancient Hindu epics the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, the Puranas, and ...
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Shiva (the god of Death)

Shiva is the god destroyer, his matted hair and ash smeared face sit silent in meditation or flow eternally in ...
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Vishnu’s Bliss

There has to be some significance to the fact that yoga is 2,500 years old. The word yoga in essence ...
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The 8 Limbs of Yoga



Brahmacharya means to follow Brahman. To seek supreme reality, self, and god. In this aspect, Brahmacharya is inherently Hindu. It ...
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The Founder of Jainism Mahavira or Varhamana was the 24th and last Tirthankara (person who has conquered Samsara) of Jainism, ...
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Hinduism vs. Buddhism

Comparing two religions in their similarities, differences, and the in-between "Can you do a simple comparison of Hindu versus Buddhism ...
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Aparigraha – the 5th Yama and 1st Limb of Yoga

Aparigraha | non-desire Aparigraha is the concept of non-greed, or non-possessiveness from Jainism and the Raja/Ashtanga yoga traditions. This means ...
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Asteya | Non-stealing | अस्तेय

Asteya is a Sanskrit word; it means non-stealing, non-coveting, and not entering into debt. Asteya is a yama, meaning it is ...
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The 8 Limbs of Yoga (Part 8: Samādhi | समाधि)

Samadhi is the 8th and final limb of yoga. Samadhi is a state of concentrated meditation that transcends the intellect, ...
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The Eight Limbs of Yoga (part 7: Dhyana)

Dhyana is a type of meditation, like the other 2 last limbs of Patanjali's Ashtanga yoga Dharana and Samadhi. It ...
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The 8 Limbs of Yoga (part 6: Dharana)

Dharana is a single pointed concentration of the mind, focus on a single thing supported by the retention of the ...
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The 8 Limbs of Yoga (Part 5: Pratyahara)

Pratyahara is withdrawal of the senses. The breath is an extremely useful tool for this and asana helps to get ...
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The 8 Limbs of Yoga (Part 4: Pranayama)

Pranayama: The Fourth Limb Pranayama is the fourth limb of yoga and means life-force control, but is better known as ...
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