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Donation-Based Online Yoga with Dan: Retaining Wisdom

Posted on April 7th, 2020 by Danny Litvin

The Ayurveda and Yoga Institute revolves around COMMUNITY. That said, let’s try something a bit different with our online classes. Each class is an opportunity to explore a different question not only through movement, but through dialogue with like-minded friends near and far. This week we explore a question that may be top-of-mind for those […]

Donation-Based Online Yoga with Dan: Mindfulness

Posted on March 30th, 2020 by Danny Litvin

This class is about MINDFULNESS – an opportunity to reconnect with the body and breath to come to a grounded point away from the stir-crazy, anxiety, frustration, and all the other “off” ways you may be feeling. Please leave any questions, suggestions, requests, or whatever else you feel compelled to share in the comments below […]

Yoga College 2020 Dates Announced and AYI Update

Posted on May 4th, 2019 by Danny Litvin

Good day friends! Danny Litvin, lead trainer of AYI’s long-term educational programming, here to provide you with a few quick updates about what’s happening at The Ayurveda and Yoga Institute. You may have noticed that our website hasn’t been updated in quite some time. This is because we’ve been secretly working behind the scenes on […]

How To: Nadi Shodhana (Alternate Nostril Breathing for Balance, Relaxation, and Focus)

Posted on July 6th, 2018 by Danny Litvin

Nadi Shodhana (Alternate Nostril Breathing) is a pranayama (breathing technique) that is tri-doshic and supremely balancing. At once it relaxes & energizes and provides calmness & focus. WIt’s a technique so simple yet powerful that it was used by Hillary Clinton during and after her campaign. In her words, “[I] tried alternate nostril breathing; I […]

Ojas Milk

Posted on June 26th, 2018 by Danny Litvin

Ojas Milk is an easy to make, delicious, and soul-satisfying treat to enjoy when you’re feeling depleted. Like magic it provides much needed relaxation, encourages deep restful sleep, and infuses you with steady stable energy. The homemade almond milk is smooth, dates give a healthy sweetness, and the spices offer subtlety to the taste and […]

What is Kapha Dosha?

Posted on March 15th, 2018 by Danny Litvin

Being that it’s mid-March, you’ll be seeing a lot of posts on AyurvedaYogaInstitute.com about Kapha season, Kapha dosha, Kapha-balancing foods, etc. Don’t fret if you have little to no idea what the heck Kapha Dosha is. This article will help you make its acquaintanceship. But First: What the Heck is a Dosha? A Dosha is […]

How to Not Be Anxious or Depressed During the Winter to Spring Seasonal Transition

Posted on March 12th, 2018 by Danny Litvin

Welcome to the transition between winter and spring. For many, this is a hellish time of year. It’s a time when anxiety combines with a feeling of being stuck, restlessness with stagnancy, an overwhelmingly restless mind with laziness, and insomnia with sleepiness. You may find yourself overpowered by a sense of dread, despair, and helplessness. […]

How to beat the rainy day blues

Posted on February 22nd, 2018 by Danny Litvin

We’re in for some cool rainy weather here in Northern New Jersey. As you may have already noticed, days like today make us feel tired, unmotivated, lazy, heavy, and blah overall. I’m here today to share some applicable Ayurvedic wisdom with you. These six simple pieces of advice follow the rule that, “Like qualities increase […]

“Breathing Into Your Muscles” and How it Can Transform Your Asana Practice

Posted on February 8th, 2018 by Danny Litvin

“Breathe into your hamstring.” “Breathe the tension away.” …What the heck does that mean? Anatomically speaking, the instruction to breathe into your muscles is bunk. The lungs are in the chest and are the only place the air you breathe directly flows into. Yet, what an amazing feeling it is when you feel the prana, […]

61 Point Relaxation

Posted on January 26th, 2018 by Danny Litvin

61 Point Relaxation is an accessible guided relaxation technique that can be performed whenever you are feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or anxious. It is also an impeccable practice for cultivating awareness, preparing for meditation, and deepening your connection to prana. Perform 61 Point Relaxation laying down the comfortable laying position known as savasana. Allow your palms […]

You Were Born To Be Happy: Ayurvedic Psychology for Joy and Contentment

Posted on January 19th, 2018 by Danny Litvin

You were born to be happy and joyous Ayurvedic psychology and Yogic philosophy state that your mind is composed of three qualities: Sattva – Balance, Purity, Clarity, Harmony, Intelligence, Joy Rajas – Passion, Dynamism, Action, Change, Movement Tamas – Darkness, Inertia, Sloth, Ignorance It is said that Sattva is the natural state of the mind. […]

Breathing Can Make You Thin

Posted on January 16th, 2018 by Danny Litvin

Plus, it can make you buoyant with energy, brim with passion, and make your metabolism strong like a teenager’s. Books can be written to explore this topic, but we’ll stick to two points. 1) Healthy Breath = Healthy Metabolism Your metabolism requires oxygen to function. The deeper you breathe, the more oxygen you have available […]

Please Read: The Future of Group Yoga Classes at Sadhana

Posted on December 14th, 2017 by Danny Litvin

Dear Friends, Nearly five years ago we opened Sadhana Yoga Studio with the mission to inspire health, wellness, and joy through the practices of Yoga and Ayurveda.  This past half-decade has been an absolute joy, and it’s because of you.  You’ve shared your experiences and successes with us, you’ve supported one another through challenging moments, […]

Achieve Extraordinary Success Through Transformational Healing/Spiritual Counseling

Posted on April 25th, 2017 by Danny Litvin

Case Report prepared by Danny Litvin on April 25, 2017.  Our case reports are composed of the true healing experiences and results of multiple clients with some details altered to maintain anonymity. A man in his early 40’s came in for Transformational Healing/Spiritual Counseling. He was divorced, unemployed, and suffered from anxiety, depression, and lack of […]

Improve Your Relationship With Your Parents and/or Children Through Transformational Healing and Spiritual Counseling

Posted on March 29th, 2017 by Danny Litvin

“If you think you’re enlightened go spend a week with your family” – Ram Dass Familial relationships are difficult. Not only do they bring forth deep samskaras (habits), but they are rife with emotions. The difficulty of these relationships are augmented when the relationship of employee-employer is included. Family businesses can and have torn apart […]

Incredible Business Success Through Transformational Healing and Counseling

Posted on March 21st, 2017 by Danny Litvin

Do you ever feel that despite working harder than your colleagues, you still aren’t achieving the success you desire? That everyone else seems to be having an easier time navigating through life? These feelings are blessings in disguise, but require the wisdom of a qualified guide to unlock. You are almost there, but need that […]

Overcoming Ulcerative Colitis through Ayurveda, Transformational Healing, and Yoga

Posted on March 3rd, 2017 by Danny Litvin

You can be healthier than healthy, you can be the most vibrant attractive person in any room, and you can be soul-satisfyingly happy. You can be these things, and you can be them easily. It’s your birthright to be healthy, vibrant, and happy. Ayurveda, Transformational Healing, and Yoga are designed to plaster a perpetual smile […]

Cravings: How to Use Ayurveda to Discern Between Healthy and Unhealthy Cravings

Posted on March 2nd, 2017 by Danny Litvin

Why is it we find ourselves craving a super nutrient dense vegetable stir-fry and other times we’re hankering for cupcakes? How do we know when we’re craving something healthy and when our craving is not so healthy? Are there any tools to improve our ability to discern between the two? In this video, Dan explores […]

Ayurveda for Flying

Posted on February 16th, 2017 by Danny Litvin

Does flying give you anxiety? Do you feel like it takes you a couple days after landing to actually ground? Then enjoy this merging of the sister sciences of Ayurveda and Yoga! In this video enjoy a simple breathing practice that will keep you feeling smooth and easy, even in the most turbulent of flights. […]

Yoga Nidra Healing – From Fear to Love

Posted on February 14th, 2017 by Danny Litvin

Yoga Nidra is a deeply healing practice, and Paul has perfected the art of guiding a healing yoga nidra practice. Through profound physical and mental relaxation combined with Paul’s expert guidance, you are able to peacefully, organically, and pleasantly gain perspective, understanding, and reconciliation of past traumas, fears, and negativity. In “Yoga Nidra Healing – […]

Healing Multiple Sclerosis: If You Believe, Nothing Is Impossible!

Posted on January 26th, 2017 by Danny Litvin

In the famous best-selling book The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho writes a universal truth simply and profoundly, “And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” Nothing is impossible – if you want it with all your heart, you can be anyone you want to be, you can achieve what […]

From Amputation Candidate to Mountain Adventurer through Healing

Posted on December 28th, 2016 by Danny Litvin

True Stories of Healing with Paul It is easy to dismiss something as impossible. We get to say it’s out of our power and close the book on a rich chapter of existence. Yet, when we have desire, very few things really are impossible. In “From Amputation Candidate to Mountain Adventurer through Healing,” read a […]

Guru Healing: Turning Fear and Anxiety into Positivity and Light

Posted on December 15th, 2016 by Danny Litvin

True Stories of Healing with Paul We hope you’ve been enjoying our real-life case reports of Transformational Healing. If you’re just tuning in to Sadhana’s Transformational Healing program, learn more and read more case reports on our Healing/Counseling page. Working with Paul is an incredibly enjoyable experience – you get to learn to appreciate your […]

Losing Weight and Reducing Anxiety through Ayurveda

Posted on December 6th, 2016 by Danny Litvin

This is a real testimonial from an Ayurveda client. Some details have been changed or removed to maintain anonymity. Just wanted to thank you – I dropped about 14 lbs since our last consultation! I appreciate enjoying the variety and not the strict approach. Like I’ve had caramelized mangoes and fried bananas with maple syrup […]

Healing a Broken Heart

Posted on December 2nd, 2016 by Danny Litvin

True Stories of Healing with Paul We’ve been calling Paul’s gift Healing, but perhaps a better title would be Transformational Healing. In addition to karmic and energetic cleansing, through working with Paul, clients gain deep philosophical yet applicable knowledge about living joyfully, forgiveness, not holding onto pain, and really enjoying the experience of life. We […]

Healing Anxiety Through Chakra Opening and Positivity

Posted on November 15th, 2016 by Danny Litvin

True Stories of Healing with Paul We hope you’ve been savoring and getting inspired by the 100% true case reports regarding the incredible successes people have enjoyed from Healing with Paul. Something that I’ve personally experienced and gained through my conversations and healing sessions with him is that my health and happiness is ultimately in […]

Restoring the Thyroid

Posted on November 10th, 2016 by Danny Litvin

True Stories of Healing with Paul Your body is DIVINE and will do everything it can do to be HEALTHY! Too often we don’t give our bodies the space and setting to heal, and, out of desperation, opt for quick-fix surgeries and treatments. However, through guidance, proper lifestyle, and lots of SELF-LOVE you’d be AMAZED […]

Sciatica Pain Relief Through Healing

Posted on October 26th, 2016 by Danny Litvin

True Stories of Healing with Paul Many of you have enjoyed the sage-like wisdom and miraculous healing abilities of Paul. Perhaps you have heard first-hand accounts from those who have worked with him of their pain subsiding, recovery from “incurable” diseases, and joyous life-altering self discoveries. In case you haven’t heard, then continue on to […]

Real Deal Yoga for Core Strength with Dan

Posted on July 23rd, 2016 by Danny Litvin

Yoga For Core Strength: A Poem It’s the Real Deal What a Steal! It’s got massive appeal For those with zeal Gonna work your core Won’t be a bore You’ll feel good for sure Cuz that’s what it’s for! Enjoy Real Deal Yoga for Core Strength with Dan! Questions or Comments? Post them below in […]

AM and PM Gentle Yoga and Meditation Practice

Posted on July 5th, 2016 by Danny Litvin

Join Dan for a simple yet profound morning and/or evening gentle yoga and meditation session. It’s a great class for beginners and advanced students alike, and is meant to benefit your mind, body, and spirit! Questions or Comments? Post them below in our comments section! AM and/or PM Gentle Yoga and Meditation Class Info Instructor: […]

Post Work or Late Afternoon Yoga Recharge Class Video

Posted on June 6th, 2016 by Danny Litvin

Join Dan as he leads you through an After Work or Late Afternoon Yoga Recharge! This is a free online yoga class that’ll restore your mind while recharging your body just enough to enjoy your free time after a busy day but not keep you awake all night. Questions or Comments? Post them below in […]

The Zen of Eating (Mindful Eating)

Posted on June 25th, 2014 by Danny Litvin

What is Mindful Eating? Mindful eating is eating with full awareness on your food. By doing so your body & mind are able to optimally process your meals. Benefits include enjoying meals more, being naturally compelled to eat better/higher quality/healthier foods, having the ability to discover what types of foods have what kinds of effects […]

Six Ways to Alleviate Spring Allergies Ayurvedically

Posted on April 30th, 2014 by Danny Litvin

According to Ayurveda, the time-tested Science of Life, the congestion, sneezing, coughing, runny noses, and other nefarious effects caused by Spring-time pollen-related allergies correspond to a build-up of Kapha dosha. Two of the most prevalent qualities of Kapha are coolness and stagnancy. Therefore, to alleviate the effects of Spring-seasonal allergies, Ayurveda recommends a two-pronged approach […]

Namgyal Wangchuk Trichen Lhagyari – The King of Tibet

Posted on March 12th, 2014 by Danny Litvin

Last Friday evening, Paul and I enjoyed the incredible opportunity to listen to and meet Namgyal Wangchuk Trichen Lhagyari, the King of Tibet. Trichen (Tree-Chen), as he prefers to be called, exudes the best qualities of nobility – his humility is admirable, and his drive to be strong, resilient, wise, and to support his people […]

Abhyanga: Ayurveda’s Heavenly Self-Massage

Posted on October 15th, 2013 by Danny Litvin

Abhyanga, a Sanskrit word meaning “warm oil massage,” is a self-care practice which has been used in Ayurveda for thousands of years for its myriad health benefits. It is performed by massaging warm oil, sometimes medicated with herbs, into the entire body before steaming or bathing. A simple and enjoyable practice, Abhyanga has tremendous health benefits…

Sadhana Yoga’s Guide to Neti and Nasya

Posted on August 29th, 2013 by Danny Litvin

For millennia the benefits of this practice have been known to the Himalayan cave-dwelling and jungle-inhabiting yogis of India. In recent years, a hefty number of studies have confirmed and discovered new benefits of regular use of a Neti Pot. In our Guide to Neti and Nasya, we provide video and text to show you how to keep your sinuses healthy and happy…