Mindblown: a blog about psychology and yoga.

  • Power-Trips: A Very Real Danger for Yoga Teachers and How Not to Fall Prey To Them

    Power-Trips: A Very Real Danger for Yoga Teachers and How Not to Fall Prey To Them

    Yoga chitta vritti nirodhah is Sanskrit for yoga is the practice of bringing the mind to a halt. Practices such as, are all working towards the same goal: chitta vritti nirodha. As a yoga teacher, my job is to introduce such tools that help students strengthen their ability to pause their mental activity. For the […]

  • Gratitude That Goes Deeper Than Gratitude Journals

    Gratitude That Goes Deeper Than Gratitude Journals

    I used to think that I am not grateful. I thought that there was something wrong with me since I didn’t immediately list out things that I was grateful for in any moment. I thought that because I was struggling or feeling depressed, I was not grateful. I thought “normal” people had something that enabled […]

  • If There Were No Rewards or Punishments

    If There Were No Rewards or Punishments

    if there were no rewards if there were no punishments would you still be who you are or would most of you evaporate Niki Kaur I wonder how many people would still act the way they do if there was no promise of a reward or punishment. If there was no concept of gaining or […]

  • Yoga is Simple – No Superstitions, No Rituals, No Followers

    Yoga is Simple – No Superstitions, No Rituals, No Followers

    I don’t believe in numerology, astrology, crystals, religions, competing with everyone, proving myself to anyone, popularity contests, mindless traveling, mindless creating, mindless exercising, aliens, dieting, being anyone’s follower, selling a commercialized/westernized/traditionalized idea of yoga or yoga products, and all the other bull that we are buying these days. I am cautious of anyone who claims […]

  • Passion and Ambition Are Not the Same

    Passion and Ambition Are Not the Same

    At some point in our lives, artists (any type) face this crossroad where we must choose between following our passion vs. our ambition. I think this choice is a pivotal one in every human’s story. It is a defining moment. It defines not only the individual’s future, but it also defines humanity’s future. Most of […]

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