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Summertime!

Often people envision yoga and spiritual practices as cold and ascetic, full of all the discipline and things you are not supposed to do. I prefer to envision yoga and personal growth like summertime: enjoyable and full of possibilities.

How Yoga Helps To Alleviate Pain and Discomfort

The practice of yoga is relaxing, meaningful and restorative in many ways. Millions of people take to the mat daily to balance their bodies, minds, and spirits. One of the key reasons that many people who are originally unfamiliar with yoga choose to get started is because they are looking for something that is gentle on the body to incorporate as

Movie Review – On Yoga: The Architecture of Peace

After experiencing the benefits of yoga and meditation in my own life, my first impulse was to share my enthusiasm with others. Trying to explain yoga philosophy through words and concepts is often challenging and fruitless. Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. I recently came across a movie that is just that. I've seen many movies which

April Yoga Story: Julie Kendig

I am grateful for Pilgrimage of the Heart. I began coming to this studio six years ago when I moved to North Park after going through a difficult life change. I was delighted that the most affordable studio in town--a key factor since I work in the non-profit arts sector--was also the most caring, egoless studio I found.

To Laugh at Oneself

The ability to laugh at oneself is essential to a healthy sense of self, stress reduction, and overall happiness in life. Laughter as medicine is scientifically proven. A 2005 study found that laughter triggers a function key to overall health. Laughing helps facilitate the dilation of blood vessels, improving their overall function and stimulating

March Yoga Story: Sandra Needham

I try too hard. My parents were more casual about saying, “Just do your best” when I was young than I was about hearing it. ‘Doing my best’ has always involved tension. Earnest effort needs to show! My girlfriend in Brazil was trying to straighten her posture. Her personal trainer told her: “Pretend you are holding a pencil tightly betwe

On Santosha and Being Happy

One of the foundational principles of yoga is the practice of santosha. It means being content with what is. It does not mean being apathetic but instead finding satisfaction in doing your best, giving your all to any given situation or relationship and then realizing that you can't control all outcomes.

Finding Synchronicity with Meditation

My nephew recently asked me what I had learned from all my years of meditation. I answered him in one word: synchronicity. Synchronicity is the connection, the link between our psychic self: the realm of our mind, emotions and unconsciousness, and the physical world around us.

Sharing in the New Year

Written by Sujantra “We must let go of the life we planned, so as to accept the one waiting for us.” –Joseph Campbell The New Year is an opportunity to reinvigorate our commitment to personal growth and sharing that new found growth with the others and the world. Yoga is a beautiful way to learn […]

November Yoga Story: Liz Pappas

I love the Pilgrimage community and substantive, meaningful connections with my friends who are like sisters to me. I love how yoga helps me build mindfulness, nurture compassion, create health and balance physically, emotionally and mentally.