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Last weekend, a friend of mine asked me if I would help her set up her booth at Wanderlust, a traveling yoga festival, and in exchange, she would give me a wrist band which I could use to go to some yoga classes. I‚Äôve never been to a yoga festival before, I wasn‚Äôt really sure what to expect, I wasn‚Äôt really sure I wanted to go. I practice Ashtanga yoga in a town where we don‚Äôt have an Ashtanga community, and so my practice is solo or with a friend or two in a quiet, mirrorless studio in silence. I love it.Read MoreRead More
It‚Äôs pure magic. According to Patanjali, Isvara (the Self) is expressed as pranava and the continuous chanting (japa) of the word Om brings many benefits, such as purification of the mind, the body and the environment, removal of attachments and attainment of all four aims of human life, namely obligatory duty (dharma), wealth (artha), pleasure (kama) and liberation (moksha).Read MoreRead More
Swami Sivananda, of whom The International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres are named after, recognized music as yoga, a way to connect to a Higher Power. He said, ‚ÄúThat this form of art happens to be also a delectable medium for getting into tune with the Infinite is one of the favors bestowed on Mankind by a merciful providence‚Ä¶It was always held to be but an extension and outward symbolization of the Omnipresent Pranava Sound-OM-and utilized only for purposes of God attainment‚Ä¶‚ÄĚ Read more in his book, Music as Yoga.Read MoreRead More
At every Bharatanatyam Indian classical dance lesson I took growing up, we opened the class standing, with the feet together, palms touching at the heart, elbows up. The teacher was sitting cross-legged on the floor facing us, palms together with closed eyes.Together, we would chant two verses. The first is a Shanti Mantra, ‚ÄúSahana Vavatu‚Ä¶‚ÄĚ familiar to many of us in the yoga world, as well as the following Dhyaana slokam in praise of Shiva, the God of Dance.Read MoreRead More
Everywhere you turn from personal development books to Oprah, we are told to love ourselves, but what does this really mean? And what are the benefits of loving yourself?In my own journey to ‚Äúloving myself‚ÄĚ my enquiry started with just that question ‚ÄúDo I really love myself?‚ÄĚ Coming from Scotland, a culture that delights in its self-depreciating humour, ‚Äúloving yourself‚ÄĚ is not seen as an endearing characteristic in any way!Read MoreRead More