Sharp Words

“The attitude of gratitude is the highest yoga”
Yogi Bhajan

 

Sharp Words

“The attitude of gratitude is the highest yoga”
Yogi Bhajan

 

What does it mean to surrender in yoga?

What does it mean to surrender in yoga?

Last month we discussed the value of setting an intention before a yoga practice, and carrying it with us throughout our day. In this article, we are going to explore the importance of surrender. In a way, surrender seems the opposite of setting an intention, but it’s...

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Yoga Sutras for Modern Life. First Limb: Yamas

Yoga Sutras for Modern Life. First Limb: Yamas

This month I would like to go back to a theme I briefly touched in a blog post in March – the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. This is a monumental text in yoga tradition, so often cited and so often misunderstood. It promises a healthy mind, healthy body, wisdom, and the...

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5 Teachings to Nurture Happiness from Thich Nhat Hanh

5 Teachings to Nurture Happiness from Thich Nhat Hanh

Thich Nhat Hanh is an expatriate Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk, teacher, author, and peace activist revered around the world for his pioneering teachings on mindfulness, global ethics and peace. In the 1960s, he advocated for peace during the Vietnam war, created...

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The Festival of Holi. A celebration of life and colours

The Festival of Holi. A celebration of life and colours

On 28th and 29th March Hindus all around the world marked the 2021 Festival of Holi, an amazingly colourful celebration of spring, love and new life. Even though it may have looked a bit different this year, the Festival of Holi is a spectacular way to welcome the...

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What can we learn from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali?

What can we learn from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali?

Yoga is not only physical exercise. A big part of this ancient practice is spiritual and philosophical. Yoga philosophy is deeply woven into ancient Indian thought and ‘Yoga’ is in fact, the name of an ancient Indian school of philosophy. One of the most important...

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7 yoga poses to balance the Chakras – part 2

7 yoga poses to balance the Chakras – part 2

Welcome to the second part of my journey through the chakras. In this article, I'll focus on the 'higher' chakras: Anahata, Vishuddha, Ajna and Sahasrara.   Anahata Chakra (Heart Chakra)  Location: Heart System: Circulatory, respiratory, immune Associations:...

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7 yoga poses to balance the Chakras – part 1

7 yoga poses to balance the Chakras – part 1

According to the Chakras’ tradition, the physical human body does not only consist of bones, muscles, organs, and skin. It’s rather made up of various layers of energy fields surrounding the physical body. These layers are said to form the so-called subtle body, which...

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How to cultivate gratitude and boost happiness

How to cultivate gratitude and boost happiness

"'Enough' is a feast." ~ Buddhist proverb This has been a particularly stressful year (to say the least), so as we verge towards the end of 2020 it is important to reflect on all the difficulties we have overcome and the blessings we have. Feeling grateful makes...

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7 tips to avoid lower back pain in yoga practice

7 tips to avoid lower back pain in yoga practice

If you have ever experienced lower back pain, then you are in good company. According to research, about 80 percent of adults experiencing it at some point in their lives.[1] Lower back pain can have a myriad of causes such as accidents, repetitive stress injuries,...

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