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Moksha: Clear your heart, clear your mind, and let it go.

This post came just in time hunnay. I’m just out here trying to get my Moksha on. Clearing a bit. Releasing some more. Being the most present.

{Sacred} Threads

The idea of Moksha, in its traditional interpretation, means liberation or release from samskara – the cycle of birth, life and death.  The ultimate liberation.   But Moksha is also often invoked in Eastern traditions to symbolize self-realization or enlightenment and is considered to be one of the four goals of all human life in Hinduism.

Moksha is often considered to be synonymous with the more prevalent term Nirvana.  But what does Moksha mean for us? What does this liberation mean in our everyday lives, on and off the mat?

To me, it’s simple. It is liberation from your ego; it is liberation from certain ideas of how things should be. I t is liberation from patterns or behaviors that prevent us for being who we truly are.  It is allowing yourself to be in the here and now.

Have you ever felt during a yoga practice how time seems…

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June 2014

I’ve have the coolest room mates ever imagined. Here’s a story about how my day student roomate from college Greta Murphy surivived something traumatic and unexpected as blowing off two fingers, doing research, and raising funds to grow them back!!! Who does that?! Just the unicorns I’ve lived with. NBD. OH and did I mention that she is fully recovered and has started on an amazing solo Euro journey?! I can’t deal with the cool points.

La Modelo del Mes

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Greta was traveling on a three-week trip around Europe. I was able to catch a moment with her while she was staying in Fuengirola before heading off to her next destination.

shimadakemp_0711_1Are you traveling or do you live here in Spain?
I work as a Language Assistant in Santiago teaching students English. This past year, several of Shimada’s Models have been participants from the same program.

How did you meet Shimada?
I read a post about “La modelo del mes” on one of our Facebook forums. When I was headed back home for Christmas, I needed a haircut. Since I had a layover in Madrid, I decided to contact him.

Why did you come to Spain?
I actually applied to the program as a backup. I was headed off to Panama in February 2013 to work with an NGO called Floating Doctors. The week before my departure, I had a traumatic…

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