14 Postures from the Sivananda Lineage that will Change Your Life

My introduction to the Sivananda Lineage came from a successful doctor I met south of 5th in Miami Beach. We met online and decided to go to yoga and dinner in his neighborhood. He was intelligent, such a gentleman and oh so curious about my life and experiences. It felt nice to have a clean state, a conversation with no expectations. It was a significant change coming out of a 4 year relationship with someone who had a lot of expectations of me. I was happy to share who I was and what I was really feeling. At the time I was in a pivotal point in my life and education. I was deciding between careers after spending years in Tallahassee studying chemistry at Florida State. I was so adamant about being a doctor for so long, it was difficult for me to let go of that as an identity. I didn’t want to let my family down, my fiancé and most importantly myself. I believed I could do it but the problem was, I had realized that the thing I was striving for was not the path I was actually called to in life. I saw my fiancé at the time go through medical school, I saw the surgeons I shadowed handle patience in such a procedural manner… I wanted to be a healer but after years of thinking that meant working in health care I was distraught in embracing that my heart was leading me elsewhere. I wanted to be involved in the healing of society, this is what attracted me to lobbying. I wasn’t just a part of one patients journey, I was a part of establishing the framework for all.

When I told him about my internal battle of wanting to no longer study chemistry and go to medical school but wanted to work in healthcare lobbying and maybe go into hospital administration, that my passion was connecting the right people…. He then asked me

1. Surya Namaskar

the sun salutation

2. Sirasana


3. Sarvangasana


4. Halasana


5. Matsyasana


6. Paschimottanasana

Sitting Forward Bend

7. Bhujangasana


8. Salabhasana


9. Dhanurasana


10. Ardha Matsyendrasana

Half Spinal Twist

11. Kakasana


12. Pada Hastasana

Standing Forward Bend

13. Trikonasana


14. Savasana


The 7 Points of LiLA as a Practice

A Practice is defined as: “the actual application or use of an idea, belief, or method, as opposed to theories relating to it.”

While there are so many amazing resources, modalities and life philosophies available to us, none of them matter until we actual apply it to our life. In The Living Interactive Learning Initiative or LiLA Community, we will strategically cover the many secrets to life as we explore the local community and all the resources available to you in this human experience.

but more importantly we will give you practices to actually implement these concepts into your day to day life. We will also give you ways to practice:w

– With those you love, – those you work with and – as a foundation to explore getting to know others.

Without further ado….

1 ) breath

I can only put into words the philosophy and science of what breakthroughs breath can bring to your life. You may say, but LiLA, I breath all the time! I have never even gone a minute of my life without breathing and you would be correct. It is the most natural thing we do since birth. Since it is such a crucial and natural part of our existence we tend to overlook the power of breath in our day to day life.

Introduce Yourself (Example Post)

This is an example post, originally published as part of Blogging University. Enroll in one of our ten programs, and start your blog right.

You’re going to publish a post today. Don’t worry about how your blog looks. Don’t worry if you haven’t given it a name yet, or you’re feeling overwhelmed. Just click the “New Post” button, and tell us why you’re here.

Why do this?

  • Because it gives new readers context. What are you about? Why should they read your blog?
  • Because it will help you focus you own ideas about your blog and what you’d like to do with it.

The post can be short or long, a personal intro to your life or a bloggy mission statement, a manifesto for the future or a simple outline of your the types of things you hope to publish.

To help you get started, here are a few questions:

  • Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?
  • What topics do you think you’ll write about?
  • Who would you love to connect with via your blog?
  • If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?

You’re not locked into any of this; one of the wonderful things about blogs is how they constantly evolve as we learn, grow, and interact with one another — but it’s good to know where and why you started, and articulating your goals may just give you a few other post ideas.

Can’t think how to get started? Just write the first thing that pops into your head. Anne Lamott, author of a book on writing we love, says that you need to give yourself permission to write a “crappy first draft”. Anne makes a great point — just start writing, and worry about editing it later.

When you’re ready to publish, give your post three to five tags that describe your blog’s focus — writing, photography, fiction, parenting, food, cars, movies, sports, whatever. These tags will help others who care about your topics find you in the Reader. Make sure one of the tags is “zerotohero,” so other new bloggers can find you, too.