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A yoga retreat means more than you think

Yoga means many things to different people.  Especially for me, it represents the ongoing journey of discovery of the Self. I started my daily yoga practice many years ago.  I soon discovered the benefits of a daily practice, the harmony and balance of a yogic lifestyle. I...

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Ajapa Japa

Yoga offers many techniques to direct our focus to the vibration of peace that resides within each of us.  An excellent practice for this is Ajapa Japa, a sadhana that dates from the Upanishads but was brought to the modern world by Swami Satyananda Saraswati. ...

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Yoga: East meets West in India

My first yoga classes fresh out of high school were in the Sivananda style. Sivananda Yoga is a classical and holistic approach to Hatha Yoga that has not been modified or watered down and is still taught the same way as Swami Sivananda taught in...

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Beyond the form – Patanjali’s teachings

An interesting fact from ancient Hindu texts that you probably are not aware of is that Patanjali used to teach from behind a screen. We discover this in a story from the Puranas, which tells us that Patanjali would place a large screen between himself...

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Yoga for a Healthier Brain

I have recently been practicing  an amazing and very effective technique of yoga for the brain. Practicing this technique increases oxygen and blood flow to the brain. This causes an increase in brain function.It is a very old technique that is still nowadays practiced in...

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The meaning of hasta (hand) mudras

Hasta mudras mean hand gestures adopted during asana, pranayama and meditation that directs flow of energy into our body. According to the Tantras these mudra yoga techniques stimulate different areas of the brain. “(Sanskrit: , lit. "seal") is a symbolic or ritual gesture in Hinduism and...

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The Yamas and Niyamas: The Foundation of a Healthy Yogic Way of Life.

I come across articles from time-to-time on social media describing the reasons why people stop practicing yoga, or simply criticizing some different aspects of yoga. It seems to me that many yoga practitioners do not have the correct understanding of what yoga truly means. Yoga...

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The sadhus: the holy men of India

The city of Rishikesh has always sparked my imagination ever since I started practicing yoga. So finally, this year while in India I decided to make a detour and spend a couple of weeks in this holy city which is located on the banks of...

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How yoga releases deep-seated emotions?

New students to yoga are often surprised or even alarmed when strong emotions arise either during, or after, a yoga class. However, as we become more experienced we start to understand that this is the gift that yoga offers us. Yoga is often presented as a...

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The Five Koshas – Pancha Kosha

Many people have a limited understanding of yoga, thinking that it is restricted to the asana practice of increasing flexibility, toning up muscles, relaxing the body, increasing strength, improving balance and finding stress relief. While yoga does all of the above that is a limited...

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The divine vibration of Vedic chants

Chanting has been a part of my daily practice for several years now and I have received so many blessings from it. I truly feel that chanting the Vedas has allowed doors to be opened in the depths of my consciousness and has also been...

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Shraddha: My Faith in Yoga is Unshakable

śraddhā-vīrya-smṛti samādhi-prajñā-pūrvaka itareṣām  Practice must be pursued with trust, confidence, vigour, keen memory and power of absorption to break this spiritual complacency. Yoga Sutra I-20 The other day someone posted a ‘scientific’ article on Facebook stating that it’s a proven fact that yoga isn’t effective in the...

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Ancora imparo: I am still learning

Michelangelo wrote at the mature age of 87:  I am still learning I am currently in India studying Vedic chants.  I love being a student and I thrive at learning new knowledge. I get excited and enjoy the novelty. Of course sometimes learning something new makes one...

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Shadripu or the six enemies

[caption id="attachment_1313" align="alignleft" width="288"] Balinese ceremony of Potong Gigi "tooth filing" for self-awareness and mastering of the Shadripu (sadripu), the six enemies.[/caption]   We are spiritual beings having a human experience.  Unfortunately our mind pollutes our whole being.   In order to remain the spiritual being we truly...

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Yoga Nidra – Blissful Relaxation

Yoga Nidra is a practice that is widely taught in many yoga studios around the world these days. The yoga nidra that we know now was adapted and popularized in the 1960’s by Swami Satyananda Saraswati (1923-2009) from the Bihar School of Yoga.  It originates...

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Cultivating awareness with the eight limbs of Yoga of Patanjali

Many people live pretty stressful life-styles these days, never taking the time to stop.  Every one is running all the time.  Everyone is busy.  They take very little time to truly relax and just cannot stop being busy.  When they do stop, it is for...

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Sadhana (spiritual discipline)

  When we are children, it is necessary for us to have some kind of framework or discipline within our lives. This helps to make us feel safe and creates a strong foundation for the future. And as we grow into adults, we realize that we...

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The Power of Mantra Chanting

  We all know how certain sounds can be soothing, such as the voice of a mother comforting her baby, and how certain noises can be frightening and make us feel ill at ease, such as thunder and lightning. The sounds of Mantra Chanting are definitely...

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Unlocking the Meaning of the Bandhas

Allow the asana to create bandhas in the four part breathing cycle, the intelligent cooperation of muscle groups in the polarity of above/ below, inhale/exhale, strength/receptivity” ~Teachings of Mark Whitwell   An important component of yoga, the bandhas are primarily meant to serve our yogic practice. They are often misunderstood. If...

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What is a sankalpa?

For many of my students the best part of my yoga class is the practice of Yoga Nidra or psychic sleep. Yoga Nidra a very deep relaxation.  At the beginning of this practice, yogis and yoginis are given the opportunity to make a resolve.  A...

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Consciousness, Self, Mind and Soul

The discipline of yoga is very wide and has a large number of practices but they all have communality. In the end, they all lead back to the source, which is our ultimate teacher. The goal of yoga is union of the individual consciousness with...

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Gayatri Mantra

Aum Bhur Bhuva Svaha, Tat Savitur Varenyam, Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi, Dhiyo Yo Naha Prachodayat My assistant, Ngurah was recovering from brain surgery when he started chanting the Gayatri mantra 108 times every night in our studio, Intuitive Flow. I would hear him at night from my...

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Ramana Maharshi Ashram

“As the moon derives its light from the sun, so other holy places shall derive their sanctity from Arunachala. This is the only place where I [Shiva] have taken this form for the benefit of those who wish to worship me and obtain illumination. Arunachala...

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The ocean of milk

Greetings from India! This is the time of the year when I go to India and resource myself and take my exploration of yoga a little deeper.  There is a vast ocean of yogic knowledge that is inexhaustible and available to us and I love swimming...

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Balance is everything

As we get ready to begin another new year, let us take a moment to ponder on how balanced our life has been in 2012. Have we been able to commit sufficient energy to both work and personal life? Do we have special memories of...

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Prenatal Yoga

It is true that if you have never experienced pregnancy and given birth, you can not really understand the journey of motherhood… Nevertheless, even if have never given birth I still feel compelled to reach out to you, the women out there, who are in...

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Chakra Subtle Anatomy

Chakra Subtle Anatomy   We all aspire to grow as Yogis, and as we do, we go beyond ‘Asana,’ and take the time to become more interested in exploring our inner selves, or the ‘space within.’ We are privileged to have been left by the ancient Yogis with...

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Open Letter to a Yoga Student in Search of a Yoga Teacher Training

Dear Yoga Student, Before you decide how to inspire others through the mastery of yoga at our acclaimed 22-day program let me take you on a wonderful journey of those that have walked the path before you. Remember these new yogis were new just like you, they...

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The divine within each of us

I had once the visit at my studio of an Indonesian woman, originally from Flores, who was the wife of a Balinese man. She had a Christian background, and was having difficulties adjusting to Balinese Hinduism and culture. When she entered my yoga studio, she...

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On resistance to heal

Many of you probably know that when I was in my mid-thirties, I was found to have a cyst on my ovary, and this prompted me to embark on my own healing journey. On that journey, I discovered many things about myself; including my own...

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Consciousness and Prana

We all know the purpose of yoga is aligning "mind, body, and spirit” but how do we attain and maintain this balance? Ancient yogic texts tell us that secret for balancing the different bodies is conscious breathing and that breath is the link between our material...

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Spiritual Development

Dear all, I am currently in the middle of leading a Teacher Training “Yoga Pranala Intensive 2012” and I feel so honored to witness the transformative process of the teacher trainees unfolding, each one at their own pace, according the to divine timing for the good...

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On knowledge

Dear all, It’s a very delighted Linda that his writing to you. On the 26 of this month (February) I am going back to India for one whole month. I am planning go to Varanasi and also spend two weeks at Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Chennai. What!...

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Healing one self

Broken heart I can help, heart broken go to the hospital. ~Tjokorda Gede Rai Many years ago, when I got diagnosed with a cyst on my ovary, the doctor recommended that have surgery. I was fortunate to have consulted an open-minded doctor because when I told him...

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Psychic deaths

When I review the last 25 years of my life, I mostly remember blissful years. I must admit that until now I have had an amazing life. I have done everything I always wanted to do. Nevertheless, they were episodes, now and then, that were...

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Raising our vibrational frequency

Have you received last month a newsletter from Dr Masaru Emoto inviting you to send healing energy to the Fukushima plant, on the 31st of March, at 12:00? Chances are you have as the message was forwarded via Internet throughout the world and touched millions...

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Understanding the power of forgiveness

During my last holiday, while I was traveling in India, I had the great pleasure of reading a fabulous novel called Shantaram, written by Gregory David Roberts.  The opening paragraph of that book had a powerful effect on me. "It took me a long time and...

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Spiritual Muscles

Dear all, Embracing a yogic lifestyle and a meditation practice doesn't mean that your will be happy ever after… Sadly there are some modern yogis and seekers who cling to their practice to provide them with a false sense of security, a guarantee that they will...

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I am not Intuitive Flow

I am consciousness “I am not my body, my sexuality, my money, my profession, my material possessions, my social status, my emotions, my relationships, my thoughts, my intellect, my mind, etc.” I am consciousness. I am a unity of spirit; I am a unity of light.” I...

News from Goa

Hello Everyone, I am currently in India and will be back on Bali on the 27 of January. Eka and Sky are covering for me. Just before leaving for India, I have tried to integrate a blog on my website and in the process I have...