Free Your Pelvis and the Spine will Follow: Four Explorations to Relieve Back Pain

Posted on December 18th, 2014 in Health and Wellbeing,Yoga by Kara-Leah Grant

Our popular contributor Kara-Leah writes about all kinds of things, from home practice and parenting to the etiquettes of yoga class and the ethics of yoga. In this article she details ways to explore your body through your yoga practice that help to free the pelvis, and therefore the spine.

by Kara-Leah Grant 

Years of yoga practice and yoga teaching has taught me that our ability to freely move our pelvis is a key aspect to unlocking our spines, and releasing any chronic low back issues or holding patterns.



How to Transcend Loneliness

Posted on December 11th, 2014 in Emotional Mastery by Guest Author

Welcome to a new article by our regular contributor, Dr. Bina Nangia. Dr. Nangia is a long-time spiritual seeker who works with children.

 

When was the last time you were “alone”?

Do you always feel the need to be surrounded by people and events?

What does “to be alone” mean?

We as people, always relate to everything and everyone to complete ourselves. There is a tremendous feeling of incompleteness, a void which constantly needs to be full, complete. It is like a depression in the middle of the sea, which is always trying to fill itself from the surrounding waters.



Review of ‘Yoga – The Poetry of the Body by Rodney Yee with Nina Zolotow’

Posted on December 1st, 2014 in Yoga by Kara-Leah Grant

Our popular contributor Kara-Leah shares one of her favourite and most useful home yoga practice books.

by Kara-Leah Grant

Author of Forty Days of Yoga – Breaking down the barriers to a home yoga practice.

Searching for the perfect book to accompany your home yoga practice? Yoga – The Poetry of the Body by Rodney Yee with Nina Zolotow may just be it. 

There is an authenticity that permeates the words of Rodney Yee’s book. He may have chosen to use a writer in the creation of the book, but instead of just using her words to explain his concepts, Rodney includes conversations between himself and his writer, Nina Zolotow. Together, student and teacher, professional writer and verbal poet, they explore the nature of yoga.



A Glimpse of Kundalini Experiences

Posted on November 26th, 2014 in Enlightenment Experiences,Kundalini Yoga by Anmol Mehta

Journal Entry – 23 November, 2014

It has been a disturbing night, so a Sunday nap on the sofa was certainly warranted.  I doze off, despite guests visiting my ailing father, and the excitement around the house as my wife and son preparing for a mother and son dance. Delicious sleep was moments away.

Involuntarily, the internal buzzing of energy in the brain and body begins soon after.  I was quite familiar with it, the vibration of esoteric, sublime energy and the immense pleasure associated with it.  I welcome it and indulge.



How to Engage with the Mystery of Life

Posted on November 25th, 2014 in Spiritual Stories by Guest Author

Welcome to a new article by our regular contributor, Dr. Bina Nangia. Dr. Nangia is a long-time spiritual seeker who works with children.

 

  

When I was a kid, I loved reading mystery stories. It was the unknown which excited me completely. The characters in the story became me and I went along with their search, excitement, frustration and adventure.

Every move, every turn in the story took me closer to the mystery.

I read till I completed the book as it became difficult to put it down. Such was the power of the unknown, and its excitement to reach it.



Test If Your Thoughts, Words & Actions Are Spiritual

Posted on November 21st, 2014 in Emotional Mastery,Yoga by Kara-Leah Grant

Our popular contributor Kara-Leah writes about all kinds of things, from home practice and parenting to the etiquettes of yoga class and the ethics of yoga. In this article written in 2012, just after the John Friend scandal broke, she muses on how we determine what ‘right action’ is.

by Kara-Leah Grant 

 

Trying to take the right action in your life?

Forget the Ten Commandments.

Forget even the yamas or the niyamas.

Here instead is the Golden Litmus Test of Right Action.

Apply it to all your behaviour.

Everything you do.



Goodness Meditation for Self-Realization

Posted on November 18th, 2014 in Love and Relationships,Meditation,Personal Development by Anmol Mehta

We are born ultimately for one reason only, to awaken to the Truth.  Most all else we do is a waste of life, waste of precious time and energy.  But this is not what I want to go into today.  Today, for the benefit of those who have heard the calling, I want to present a different approach to the monumental task of moment to moment to awareness.



Why Spiritual Seeking Involves Walking the Razor’s Edge with Awareness

Posted on November 13th, 2014 in Spiritual Enlightenment by Guest Author

Welcome to an article by our new guest contributor, Dr. Bina Nangia. Dr. Nangia is a long-time spiritual seeker who works with children. This week she looks at how spiritual seeking is about dancing the razor’s edge.

by Dr. Bina Nangia

Image by Pau Molas

Spiritual seeking happens when it is meant to happen.

It definitely depended on thousands of things to co-ordinate in my life. When there is intense longing to ‘know what you don’t know’ the path begins to unfold.

With receptivity, every person, object, situation points to the direction of your seeking. Once on this path, the journey begins.



The Five Koshas Explained: How They Impact Your Yoga Practice & Life

Posted on November 10th, 2014 in Yoga by Kara-Leah Grant

This article is an edited extract from Kara-Leah’s second book, The No-More-Excuses Guide to Yoga. Find out more here.

by Kara-Leah Grant, author of The No-More-Excuses Guide to Yoga

 

Do enough research, and it seems we can find evidence that regular practice of yoga can positively impact everything from anxiety, depression, and panic attacks to thyroid conditions, sciatica and asthma. In fact, it could be said that yoga can positively impact anything that has to do with the functioning of our physical bodies, minds or emotions.



The Life of a Soul Warrior: Looking Back

Posted on October 28th, 2014 in Spiritual Stories by Guest Author

 Welcome to an article by our new guest contributor, Dr. Bina Nangia. Dr. Nangia is a long-time spiritual seeker who works with children. This week she looks at a warrior of the soul who is reviewing her life to date.

Today the warrior looks back.

She has so many times been afraid of going into battle.

She has said ‘yes’ when she wanted to say ‘no’ and at times failed in her spiritual duties. Every warrior of the soul must have suffered for the silliest reasons. At some times must have lied or betrayed someone in the past. The warrior now knows she must have at times even hurt someone she loves; for every warrior must have trodden a path that was not theirs.



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