Yoga & Meditatiom

SkeletonAs people age it is common to notice some degree of joint stiffness. Probably the two most common times it arises are when first waking up or else after sitting for a long period of time.

There are a number of causes for stiff joints and the best recommendation is to practice good joint health, including a balanced diet, regular sleep habits and enough exercise to keep your joints flexible and loose.

There are 206 bones in the skeletal structure and, although it might not sound mathematically possible, you have more joints in your body than bones. Continue Reading >>

a girl doing yogaYin yoga is a popular yoga practice that has been becoming more popular globally in the last few years. A Yin yoga class usually consists of a series of long-held, floor poses designed to stretch the connective tissues around the joints (the knees, pelvis, hips, and spine) at a very deep level to increase circulation, flexibility and performance.

It is a passive practice and the poses are held for a long time, usually one to five minutes (sometimes longer), which differs a lot from other (yang) yoga practices where poses are held for about five breaths. It might sound easy to do but there is a real discipline required to holding the poses and endure the strain of the stretches while staying still for long periods of time. Continue Reading >>

a beautiful beach settingMost people who do yoga do it at a yoga class or studio or even a gym nearby. Sometimes it may be tough to find your center when you are looking for inspiration and you just see the same old scenery all the time.

These days there are many yoga retreats in every corner of the globe where yogis can go to breathe in exotic flavors and scenery that truly inspires and can make you feel fresh and new.

These popular getaways offer more than just a change of scenery since they really do help you transcend the typical beach vacation. You can not only destress; you can experience a whole new culture, detox your body with wholesome food, make new friends, and get a break from tech, all while brightening your outlook and improving your yoga practice too.  Continue Reading >>

a man prayingBhakti yoga is one of the three main paths of yoga – jnana, karma and bhakti yoga – and it has as its goal to see the Divine in everything. The seeker feels the love, usually of God or the Divine, and goes about practicing devotion to that God, whatever form the God is in.

As you tap into this universal love there arises in the seeker an affinity with the love, and he usually considers it to be familiar, so it naturally follows that he practices devotion. This devotion is called Bhakti and Bhakti is the Path of Love and Devotion.  Continue Reading >>

a pic of guy finleyHere we talk about the Motivational speaker named Guy Finley who is an American self-help writer, philosopher, spiritual teacher, and former professional songwriter and musician. He is a self-realization author and spiritual guide known for his kindness, passion, and deep understanding of the inner path.

He is the acclaimed author of well-known books like The Secret of Letting Go and The Essential Laws of Fearless Living along with 35 other major works that have sold over a million copies in 18 languages worldwide.

Finley is the founder and Director of the nonprofit Life of Learning Foundation, a Center for self-study and Spiritual Discovery in Merlin, Oregon whose mission is to help sincere spiritual seekers realize a conscious relationship with the Divine.  Continue Reading >>

a pic of the golden templeIn India there is the famous Golden Temple, whose name is the Harmandir Sahib (The abode of God), and it belongs to the Sikhs, the followers of Sikhism.

It is also called Darbar Sahib (“exalted holy court”), and is a Gurdwara (Sikh place of worship) located in the city of Amritsar, Punjab, India.

This temple is named after Hari (God) and Sikhs all over the world make daily prayers to this temple and pay obeisance to the Lord it represents. Continue Reading >>

yoga man doing maha bandhaBandha is a yogic lock which enables a yogi to block the flow of pranic energy in order to harness its power. There are three main bandhas which are:

  • Mula Bandha (Root Lock)
  • Uddiyana Bandha (Stomach Lock)
  • Jalandhara Bandha (Chin Lock)

When we combine all the three bandhas together it becomes Maha Bandha (The Great Lock).

The three main bandhas are in strategic regions of the body and are practiced through muscle contractions. Continue Reading >>

A Buddha sittingWith all the regular activities in our day – phone, texting, email, social media – we have a hard time to find a pause with a moment just to breathe and enjoy the present. Talking about meditation and finding time to do it are often two different things, so we don’t meditate as much as we should or would like to.

Regular meditation is recommended and even if we’ve just tried it a time or two we know that it’s good for us. Sometimes it seems like a good idea to just get away and go on a meditation retreat.

A Meditation Retreat for many is a form of adventure travel, going to some distant place for a few days to sit with a bunch of loving meditation people in peaceful and quiet serenity. Continue Reading >>

The purpose of yoga is to create strength, awareness and harmony in both the mind and body. Yoga is very good for both men and women but here we want to talk about the Yoga benefits For women.

There are many benefits of yoga and they are both physical, mental and spiritual. This is seen often with the focus on body, mind and spirit. In this article we will be looking at the benefits of yoga for women in three main categories:

Yoga for Getting in Shape, Relief of Stress and Anxiety and Yoga Breathing and Meditation

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albert einsteinAlbert Einstein was a German-born physicist who really helped the world see how to view the laws of physics and objects in motion. He is best known for his Theories of Relativity – how objects in the Universe behave in relation to other objects.

These theories brought into question things like ‘is there a central reference point from which to measure all objects behavior?’ For a long time people had wondered if the Universe had a center.

He tells us a lot about the world we live in and it helps us to learn more about ourselves.  Continue Reading >>

a yoga book coverPrimarily there are two types of yoga books: there is the Yoga book that teaches the physical moves of Yoga and how to perform them, and there is the Yoga book that is more spiritual in nature, teaching the deeper philosophical and spiritual underpinnings of Yoga.

Everybody loves the books that explain the physical side of Yoga, giving ideas on how to reach and hold many of the poses they experience in Yoga classes. But it is also true that the longer people practice the physical techniques of Yoga, the more they become interested in yoga’s spiritual side.

These books cover the two types of yoga books and offer a lot of insight into the methods and approaches to finding a full and fulfilling yoga practice.  Continue Reading >>

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