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Bhakti yoga

To those who like their yoga rational, scientific and straight, bhakti yoga – often translated as the ‘yoga of devotion’ – can be a challenge, especially if there’s mention of the word ‘God’. But as Swami Vimalratna explains, bhakti yoga practices offer powerful tools to help us open ourselves to positive emotions and taste the fulfillment of deep spiritual experience. …

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Breath of life – Improve unconscious breathing habits

Michael de Manincor looks at breathing in yoga practice, examining how to improve unconscious breathing habits and develop simple breath awareness. Most yoga practitioners would agree that good breathing is an important aspect of their yoga practice. Different approaches to yoga place varying degrees of importance on breathing, awareness of the breath, and breathing techniques. However, an awareness of the …

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Mantras – A tool serving as a focusing device releasing us from the trappings of our grasping mind.

“Those that know the secret of the sound know the mystery of the whole universe” ― Hazrat Inayat Khan Mantra sound is energy made up of vibrations or wavelengths. Sound waves affect matter. For example, the sound of a certain wavelength can shatter glass, whereas other wavelengths have the capability to heal. Mantras are sacred sounds, prayers or thoughts that affect …

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Viparita Dandasana – Inverted Staff Pose

“By persistent and sustained practice, anyone and everyone can make the yoga journey and reach the goal of illumination and freedom.” -BKS Iyengar.   With this positive statement of encouragement, Mr Iyengar tells us that the goal of yoga is not beyond anyone’s reach. Before undertaking any challenge, careful preparation is required, whether we are preparing to climb a mountain, compete …

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Meditation – Medicine for the mind

Many recognise the benefits of meditation. We look at some of the research supporting these benefits and suggest some home practices. THE BENEFITS OF MEDITATION Meditation is a powerful process that touches us on many levels – physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. Our mind has incredible potentiality, including the capacity for empathy, compassion, contentment, equanimity, and creativity. In addition, it …

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FIND OUT WHAT’S IN OUR JUNE EDITION – ISSUE 63?

FEATURES SUBSCRIBE TODAY!   DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTION |  PRINT SUBSCRIPTION Sadhana A daily discipline such as yoga or meditation can become an extraordinary tool for developing individual consciousness – particularly when spiritual factors are brought into the practice. AYL writer, Penelope Unn hopes her suggestions will illuminate the many spiritual benefits of creating your own sadhana and allowing it to become an important part …

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Nada yoga- Exploring the yoga of sound as a tool for meditation

Exploring the yoga of sound as a tool for meditation and a vehicle for transformation. by Soraya Oldfield Nada yoga is the exploration of consciousness through the vehicle of sound and the discovery of its source. Although a distinct path of its own, nada yoga can also include other aspects of yoga that relate to transformation through sound such as …

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Breath, brain and state of mind- The Science of Yogic breathing.

More than ever, people are realising how peace of mind can make a profound difference to their health and wellbeing. In yoga lies an ‘ancient technology’ that holds the key for balancing our body-mind chemistries and achieving a state of pristine peace within. by Sindar Kaur Breath-Brain Chemistry We experience life mostly through our five senses, yet we rarely attend …

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