September 2019

Note from the editors

The third issue of Yoga in Action focuses on Yoga and the Enneagram, two wisdom traditions with much in common, particularly when it comes to the mind. With the increasing popularity of the Enneagram in mainstream culture, we wish to contribute to this ongoing dialogue by highlighting the shala perspective. In particular, our lineage suggests that deep inquiry of the Enneagram goes well beyond stabilizing the personality; it transcends and includes it.

We start our investigation of the mind by exploring the evolutionary context in which it evolved and why the three brains specialized in different types of information. We dive into the Western discipline that studies the mind: psycholanalysis and its cornerstone book, the DSM. The philosophy section shows the overlaps of Yoga and the Enneagram through the lens of the "process" metaphor as well as Gurdjieff's ascending and descending octaves. After these fundamental ideas are presented, it is possible to explain why the Enneagram of Fixation is not the latest Meyers Briggs, rather it is much more! We hope you enjoy the personal accounts of those doing the "Work" in the Living and Applying section as well as Holly's meditation practice.

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June 2019

Note from the Editors

By Holly Krepps and Stela Balaban

This second issue of Yoga in Action focuses on breath, a central topic for the yoga tradition. We have chosen to focus on the relationship between breath and the nervous system in order to bridge Western anatomy and mental health with Eastern practices of pranayama, directing attention and inquiry. The "Law of Three" is offered as the foundational understanding of the universe that gives us the model for "growing a soul".

We hope you enjoy reading it.

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March 2019

Note from the Editors

By Holly Krepps and Stela Balaban

Here we are, in awe at all that has been accomplished and at the possibilities that stand before us. Circle Yoga Shala celebrates 10 years! Our Yoga Therapy Program just received accreditation by the IAYT earlier this year. And we are launching this quarterly publication, an effort born out of an imminent need for an objective, comprehensive and integrated approach to all that yoga has to offer.

This first issue focuses on the spine and explores this topic from a variety of points of view: biomechanical, philosophical, and Ayurvedic. Evolution provides an explanation for the shape of the spine when development is normal. When development is challenged, there are structural and pathological conditions that develop, such as scoliosis, that require a special approach. However we understand how the spine works, we can draw many applications for how to move and stabilize the spine while maintaining all the neutral curves. Next, we translate spine and bone as earth and look at Ayurveda to inform our lifestyle. Finally, we provide a philosophical introduction to the astral spine and a personal account of Kundalini rising.

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