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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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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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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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Love my yoga class

But what about a home practice? Attending weekly yoga classes is a great first step towards incorporating yoga into your life. Being able to transfer what is learned in class to your own home practice is a crucial next step. Tracey Wood offers some practical tips on how to develop a home practice. We all know the benefits we gain …

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Emotion in Motion

Emotion in motion It’s often said that yoga calms the emotions and stills the conscious mind. But it can be a confronting experience when the opposite happens and our practice unleashes emotions stored within for many years. How does this process work, and how can we use it as a tool for self-development? Fiona Marsden investigates. Emotion in Motion Thirty-nine …

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Jala Neti

Jala Neti I was getting desperate. I was about to stick a long metal spout up my nose and pour warm salty water in through one nostril and out the other. Was I kidding myself thinking that this was going to unblock a nose that’s been stuffed ever since the doctor slapped me and I took my first broken breath? …

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