Most of us don’t have time to practice a full hour of yoga in the morning before shuffling the kids off to school or scooting out the door for work. Sometimes we barely have time for a nice coffee, a
A style of Hatha yoga, Ashtanga yoga was first introduced to the West in the 1940s by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009). Today, it is considered one of the most popular forms of yoga practice and is
From chronic pain to chronic disease, yoga offers a healthy and natural way to address many common health problems. If you are looking for a new way to tackle one of the following health issues
Have you ever seen a yogi sitting in lotus pose with one hand resting on their knee in jnana mudra while the other hand holds a string of mala beads? Their eyes are closed and it seems they’re
Our thoughts have power and our minds are like windows through which we see and interpret the world. Cleaning these windows until they are clear is what we aim to do in yoga. We do this so that we
Mantras are sound forms of the Divine. The sound forms are the subtlest and, therefore, the most powerful way to invoke the sacred radiance within yourself. Chanting mantras is one of our favorite
A well-known Sanskrit proverb says, “For breath is life, and if you breathe well, you will live long on Earth.” Over the course of a day, we take 17,000 to 30,000 breaths, but we’d probably never
Yoga is all about balance. Off the mat, it teaches one balance in life: in one's diet, relationships, behavior and emotions. On the mat, yoga’s most obvious lesson in balance is the challenge of
Mindfulness is a beautiful quality to cultivate if you can do it, and everybody can if they set an intention to do so. Mindfulness is like anything: the more you practice the qualities of mindfulness
A wise man once praised the virtues of witnessing the workings of our minds, thoughts and emotions. B.K.S. Iyengar's stern and encouraging voice booms inside my head whenever I think about persistent
In the vast Indian tradition of yoga, there are many, many gods, goddesses, seers, saints, gurus and holy men who have taught on the subject of spirituality and divine consciousness.
You may have heard the word, puja, before and you may have heard it in association with temples in India or a yogi’s personal altar. Puja means “to make an offering to the Divine with a show of
Despite Ayurveda’s ancient beginnings, it still boasts the world’s most sophisticated system of cleansing. Ayurveda calls this cleansing process panchakarma, and it has the capacity to reset the
The gifts of Mother Nature are at the heart of Ayurvedic medicine, yoga’s sister science. This natural system and philosophy of health care believes that plant medicine is one of the most powerful
Most of us are probably aware that our mind and body are interconnected and that they are constantly communicating back and forth between one another. But we may not realize that the stress in our
Sufi is the name given to a Muslim mystic or ascetic who is a practitioner of Sufism. The name is derived from the Arabic term, safa, meaning "purity." Sufism can...
A hasta mudra is a hand gesture used in yoga and Indian religions that can be symbolic, ritualistic and/or therapeutic. The term comes from the Sanskrit word, hasta...
Arupajhana is a Buddhist term that refers to four successive levels of meditation. These meditations are all “formless meditations,” or meditations on non-material...
Atmabhavadi-parityagah is a Sanskrit term that refers to the declaration of altruism and self-denial that is the final spiritual exercise of anuttara puja, also...
Jhana is a Pali term that means "meditation." It is often considered synonymous with the Sanskrit term, dhyana, which is commonly used in yogic teachings, whereas...
Mantras are sound forms of the Divine. The sound forms are the subtlest and, therefore, the most
Most of the ancient mystics, seers and sages of long ago knew that our higher Self resided in our
You may have heard the word, puja, before and you may have heard it in association with temples in
“The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon
For many of us, there comes a time in our lives when we seek for something greater than ourselves.
A style of Hatha yoga, Ashtanga yoga was first introduced to the West in the 1940s by Sri K.
Mantras are sacred words that have spiritual qualities when uttered. They are used to connect with
From chronic pain to chronic disease, yoga offers a healthy and natural way to address many common
Despite Ayurveda’s ancient beginnings, it still boasts the world’s most sophisticated system of