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  • Economy of Action in action to open up yourself to the world
  • Understand your eyes to understand your mind
  • The physiological and mental benefits of the Eye Exercises
  • The movie Avatar can be found here:
  • The Eye Exercises can be found in the Shivananda literature or at
  • How the Eye Exercises can help you see through the bs
  • Remember to subscribe and leave a rating and review!
  • What the Bleep movie is a must see, it is an easy introduction to the world of Quantum Physics, the grandchild of both Ayurveda and Greek medicine. It can be found at:
  • Are you observing from memory?
  • A morning exercise that could change your life
  • The Men Who Stare at Goats can be found at:
  • How to perform the Eye Exercises – We do them right after the Neck Stretches
  • Compose yourself through the Eye Exercises
  • No mantras or mudras during Eye Exercises – multitasking is the enemy of your brain

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the Spartan mind strength podcast the
podcast for mental grit and resilience

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hosted by Vie Binga and Tim Ganley

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hello this is Tim and this is Vie and we
welcome you to another episode of the

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spartan mind strength podcast this is
how many episodes are we at now this is

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number 21 excellent and this morning
actually a couple days ago we started

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talking about the morning routines
uh-huh and we’re now on what number

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three part three part three of the morning
routine we’re going to be talking about

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our eye exercises that we do every day and
and another magical thing to do first

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thing in the morning stay tuned we’ll be
right back

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and we’re back and as you all know we’re
pretty much into morning routines yep

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and we’re very into always trying to
push ourselves more especially in the

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morning because it’s good to get hard
things done in the morning so that we

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can continue to progress and thrive more
throughout the day economy of action economy of action and

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one of the things that you have talked
about over and over in certain classes

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and trainings is about how doing eye
exercises in the morning opens up your

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consciousness to the world so you can
actually thrive because of the eye

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exercises which is sort of doesn’t make
sense to me so I want you to explain why

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doing eye exercises in the morning is so
beneficial to us to become a better

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human being well you said it it opens up
a whole new world in front of your eyes

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pun intended

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pun intended yes well think about it we
perceive the world through our five

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senses right our five senses
receive information from the outside

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give it to our brain and then our

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brain decides accordingly what to do
with it our eyes are extremely

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influential and they work all the time
our eyes work even while we are sleeping

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and think about it we have so many
expressions that refer to mental

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understanding but use some form of

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like avatar the movie I see you I see
you right meaning I understand oh that

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person has
a tunnel vision or they have such a

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fuzzy vision of reality or expand your
vision things like that so our eyes

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basically determine our understanding to
a very high degree

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having said that being able to control
our eyes being able to control our

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vision is extremely meditative in the
sense that it helps us control our mind

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so not just strengthening our eyes where
also controlling our mind through doing

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eye exercises exactly so you can think of
the benefits of the eye exercises as two fold

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the one benefit is purely
physiological whether someone believes

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in it or not it doesn’t matter because
it does work there is a lot of evidence

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based proof that shows that the proper
I know I’m 53 and I was diagnosed when I

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was 27 that I needed glasses and by I
still don’t wear glasses I don’t need

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them yep and I have when I was little I
had I was diagnosed with hyper

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metropia which is the opposite of myopia
but because I had a really really good

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smart ophthalmologist I ended up not
having to wear glasses for the rest of

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my life so and we both started
doing eye exercises and that’s years ago

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at least that’s what we believe
yeah my vision has keeps getting better

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and better and better it’s that and
butter has to be butter yeah so so the

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physiological benefits are one major
factor but the other is the mental

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having said that let’s be a little bit

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concrete the in with a lot of times what
happens is we just only look forward or

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look down right with all the devices we
end up looking straight ahead very

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limited vision and or looking down our
peripheral vision is not being exercised

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at all
we don’t look up we don’t look to the

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sides we don’t look diagonally we don’t
take the whole picture in and if we do

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we’re not doing it as controlled as you
do in eye exercise exactly it’s not as

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intentional the other thing is a lot of
times we can’t focus at what we are

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looking at our without us realizing
it the input comes from all different

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angles and we are not able to focus and
actually they they say that a lot of

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times even when we think we focus our
eyes we still don’t focus them the rapid

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eye movement is considered in Ayurveda a
huge Vata symptom your eyes being all

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over the place your thoughts being all
over the place and I know we we talked a

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little bit in the past about staring at
fire exactly that’s also good for

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strengthening the eyes that’s not what
we do in the morning no well actually

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during the winter time we do because we have a
fire going but not in the summer exactly

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the fire gazing that’s huge trataka fire
or a candle being able to focus now the

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eye exercises that we’re talking about
they’re actually Shivananda based

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mm-hmm so you can find them in the Shivananda world but because we’ve trained

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that way one of the ways we’ve trained but you can

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also get this online because we do the
full series online but can you tell me

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why looking down
looking up looking side side diagonal

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all those different things help with the
mind strength it’s a it’s all

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neurological it’s a it’s all based on
the neurogenesis and neuroplasticity

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basically the ability to generate new
neurons brain cells and to improve

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neurons that you already have so they
still cannot fully explain how

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everything happens from the light input
to the brain processing they still

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cannot explain that but they can show
how it gives evidence based how being

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doing the eye exercises and training
your eyes to look at all different

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directions helps your thinking process improve so
by looking side to side you’re actually

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expanding your vision expanding
your thought process exactly and that’s

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why it’s good to do in the morning because all
of this is expanding expanding your

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thought process for throughout the day
also the other benefit is that it

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teaches you to be selective we
receive tons of visual stimuli at any

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given second they say about 10 million
per second 10 million bits of visual

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stimuli per second but we can only
process so much so we select what we

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actually process so the eye exercises
train you to actually not get

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overwhelmed and select more of what
matters and ignore the crap pretty much

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so mentally it trains you to give
attention to give value to stuff that

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matters oh very nice yep so we’re
gonna take a break right now and we’ll

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be back in a couple seconds to go over
some more about why it is important for

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the eye exercises stay tuned

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question so what we’re talking about

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selective seeing and stuff reminds me of
the one movie and it’s probably ten

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years old maybe even older I don’t even
remember how old it is where they what

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the bleep yes where they talked about
you can only see so much and then once

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your eyes are open you see more and that
also reminds me of the term in yoga

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which is Maya which is the illusion yes
so does all that all come together with

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the eye exercises absolutely it is all
about creating an expansive clear vision

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that can focus so you can see both the
forest and the trees it is actually

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about becoming an intelligent observer
and when we say intelligent we mean you

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are able to differentiate see through the crap exactly well yeah you are able to distinguish

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and differentiate you are able to see
through the crap so pretty much

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everybody needs to be doing eye exercises
in today’s world exactly all of us

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because what happens is most of the time
our vision operates from memory and we

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are not open to new observations think
about it somebody buys a new car

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right and all of a sudden they get a car
that doesn’t fit the cars they used to

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own it’s completely different type
different brand then once they have that

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car or even when they start thinking
about purchasing a car like that they

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start noticing that car all over the place it’s all over the road yes exactly and before they didn’t even know

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it existed
so that’s exactly what the eye exercises

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help us do expand our vision clear our
vision focus our vision and be able to

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see the details the trees and the forest the big
picture and since people aren’t going to

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be able to go and do the eye exercises
today is there something else and I know

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this was what we talked a little bit
about as the secret other thing to do in

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the morning is what what else can they
do in the morning that can help them

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with this that’s the morning magic go
outside no matter where you live go just

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step outside the front door or in the
balcony pick a natural object preferably

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a natural object and gaze at it stare
at it observe it so that you can

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identify every single detail about it
and also have the whole picture of the

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object in your mind and then be able to
reproduce that give all the details and

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the big picture without looking at it
that reminds me of another movie it’s

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movie day men who stare at sheep oh gosh
men who stare at goats goats yeah amazing movie is that

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similar to what you’re talking about
right now how they stared at the exactly

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that’s what it is is basically
becoming an intelligent observer taking

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full control and full ownership of your

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our senses are amazing that’s how we
communicate with the outside world but

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sometimes our senses try to take over
and they end up giving us false data and

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then we operate with false data with our
eye exercises we are

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taking control of our vision and then we
can work synergistically our vision has

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to know who’s in charge
that’s the idea now I know we do it in

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rock pose yes or hero’s pose whatever you
want to call it and mainly because my

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quads are always tight yes mine too so we kick
out two things with one one sit down so

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we’re doing our eye exercises in rock
pose do you have to do them in a

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specific pose ideally you want to
be comfortable and having your

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spine erect and when we say your spine
also remember your cervical spine your

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neck pretty much have your neck
comfortable and be able to do them

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without moving your head that’s the key
you use your eyes you move your eyes but

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you do not want to be moving your head
that’s why you want to make sure your

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spine is tall and your neck is
comfortable and I know we do neck

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stretches afterwards so when I started
saying that I’m like but we do move our neck

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no that’s the next series yes so we do
the neck stretches after our eye

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exercises or no actually before before our eye
exercises and is there anything else you

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want to talk about the eye exercises how
to perform them anything like that

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before we call it also make some
some days are gonna be easier than

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others and that is a great way to
monitor your focus some days your

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peripheral vision is gonna seem better
than other days and also if you start

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noticing how your thought process has
been you’re gonna see that your thought

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process matches the way your vision
feels and I know for me it actually I start

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calming down if I’m very boom boom boom
by doing the eye exercises the neck

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exercises and the eye exercises by the
time I’m done with that I actually feel

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a lot more meditated or calm I guess the
term would be composed composed yes yes you

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actually behave better too and
remember that the eye exercises only

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take a couple of minutes and same
observing the object outside it only

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it’s only gonna take a couple of minutes
if that but the benefit is tremendous

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now should we do mantras because I see a
lot of people in YouTube’s and stuff not

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YouTube but Instagram and stuff they’re
doing a mantra while they’re doing some

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type of pose for eye exercises you want
to specifically keep it simple keep it

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simple quit multitasking what what part
of what kills our brain is multi

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tasking you cannot focus if you try to
multitask you are actually hurting

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yourself not only you are not
getting any benefits you are hurting

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yourself you’re hurting your brain but
going in rock pose is not multitasking

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it’s part of the sitting it’s part of the posture
exactly exactly and we have a Facebook

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group it’s called Spartan mind strength
podcast and all of this information plus

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more on the eyes will be in that expand
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