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  1. Some may say that thinking about aging and death is “negative thinking.” What is another perspective?
  2. What are ashramas and how are they relevant to this topic?
  3. What is the benefit we get from becoming wiser about the topics of impermanence, aging and death?
  4. What is death?
  5. What vital functions of life do the yoga asana and meditation practices stimulate?
  6. In what ways does yoga prepare us for death?
  7. How can understanding the relationship between life and death change our view of death?
  8. In what ways can seeing death differently free us to live more fully?
  9. How does the yoga asana practice reflect the human life span?
  10. Meditation is the classic tool for teaching awareness and acceptance. What else can it lead to?

See Also

    • In this section, we share powerful teachings on impermanence, change and transformation, death, rhythms and flow, suffering and surrender.
    • To help you to use this material effectively within the confines of a typical class length, we have created distinctions between these topics so that you can focus on developing a strong and clear message.
    • In reality, of course, they are all intertwined. (Impermanence and death, for example, can be covered in one teaching. Or, if we tease them apart, impermanence can take the discussion toward change and transformation and Shiva. The topic of death can focus on our tendency to deny the naturalness of aging and death, on actual preparation to die and on practices that access the mystery beyond the impermanence of this world.)
    • Draw from the teachings to meet your objectives. See the Quick Menu above and peruse the Contents in each section to guide you.

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