Body Soul Bliss LLC

A Heart of Yoga Studio

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Watch free instructional video series by our teacher, Mark Whitwell.
 
"iPromise" iPhone app by Mark Whitwell

"Meditations on Breathing" iPhone app by Mark Whitwell

Recommended Reading:
 
The Promise  You can have what you really want.  by Mark Whitwell
Contrary to what you may have been led to believe, Yoga is not a matter of difficult attainments toward a future result. Yoga is your direct participation in the nurturing power of this cosmos that is presently arising as the pure intelligence, function and the beauty of life that is you. No matter your age or health or cultural background, you too can experience this power and feel its effects on every aspect of your life.  In this little book you'll learn a simple but profound breathing practice and hear a few stories from others who have learned to get what they really want out of life. 


The Promise of Love, Sex and Intimacy:  How a Simple Breathing Practice Will Enrich Your Life Forever. by Mark Whitwell
This book is so timely and needed in our culture which is both sex-obsessed and sex-negative, a very unhealthy combination leading to all manner of dysfunction.  It's nothing new, this gnostic dualism, the divorce of Spirit from matter, the insidious belief that the soul is good and the flesh is evil, which has unfortunately pervaded not only the Church but also most mainstream yoga schools, resulting in estrangement from God, from ourselves and each other.  Mark offers a simple method that anyone (not just yogis!) can do to bring healing and experience our essential wholeness, which will also return sex to its proper spiritual place in the context of love and intimacy.
 
Yoga of Heart, The Healing Power of Intimate Connection by Mark Whitwell, who studied with Krishnamacharya and Desikachar in their home for many years.  This is what yoga is all about!  A companion DVD is available with the book.
 
The Heart of Yoga, Developing a Personal Practice by T.K.V. Desikachar, the son of Krishnamacharya, the teacher of all the modern teachers including B.K.S. Iyengar, Pattabhi Jois and Indra Devi.  This is the authoritative technical manual on classical hatha yoga going back to its source.  Desikachar lived and studied with his father his whole life and presents Krishnamacharya's original, full and complete yoga teachings in this book.
 
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We belong to Independent Yoga Educators of America.
 
Advanced Yoga Practices
This is a very thorough self-study program covering all of the major classical yoga techniques from basic meditation and pranayama to more advanced practices such as tantric sex, as well as discussion of Patanjali and the different limbs of yoga.  The free Lessons offer a balanced and grounded approach with an emphasis on how our personal practice transforms the way we live and relate to others, resulting in an outpouring of divine love and service in our worldly life.  AYP also offers in-depth discussions of all aspects of yoga in a Forum where students can ask questions and converse with other practitioners.

New!  AYP Plus is now available, offering expanded lessons and advanced training for a modest subscription fee.

 
Vinyasa Yoga from Mark Giubarelli
This website is a real treasure, providing a comprehensive presentation of yoga asanas (postures) with photographs and videos as well as detailed instructions on the correct way to do them.
 
Yogi Times - Hatha Yoga
Independent online media featuring articles and reviews on yoga, wellness, nutrition, eco-fashion, meditation and playful living.
 
Heart of Yoga School, Allison Dennis 
Carrboro, North Carolina
 
Monica Clara, yoga instructor
Hatha and Kripalu Certified
"clarity through practice"
Ottawa, Ontario


The Community of Francis and Clare, Lothlorien House
A place where people come together to transcend dogma and experience the heart of religious life through sacrament and spiritual practices, especially classical hatha yoga as whole-body prayer.  Lothlorien House in partnership with Body Soul Bliss LLC offers spiritual guidance and instruction in yoga, meditation and holistic wellness on a donation basis for low-income students who otherwise could not afford our classes.  This offer is open to persons who meet income criteria and demonstrate serious interest in exploring a deeper understanding of yoga and spirituality.  

Your donation will help us to keep Lothlorien House open and continue our ministry of providing education in spiritual practices. We have not yet obtained our 501c3 Federal tax-exempt status. However, as a religious order we are permitted to accept donations and we will provide you with a letter of acknowledgement documenting your charitable donation. 



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