In Ayurveda, how you eat is just as important as what you eat. Eating while stressed or multitasking, or when your attention is not focused on the food, can lead to indigestion due to inadequate chewing. Mindful eating, on the other hand, helps support proper digestion, allowing you to absorb the necessary nutrients from the food for both the body and the mind, while eliminating toxins. Here are some tips for practicing mindful eating:
Maha Shivaratri: Shiva’s night
Shivaratri is on the dark night before every new moon. Shiva, a high-ranking demigod in Hindu mythology and yoga, wears a moon on his head because of his role in the story associated with the waning and waxing of the moon. He was unable to dismiss a curse that Chandra, the moon god, will fade, but he was able to make him wax again, and so the cycle.
Self Healing through Meditation
The power of meditation is often underestimated. We have a remarkable inner potential for self healing our body, mind and emotions by utilising the breath and stillness of meditation. Self healing through meditation happens as meditation offers direct access to our healing wisdom.
The Sacred Union of Shiva & Shakti
A beautiful poem translated by Swami Abhyayananda
I offer obeisance to the God and Goddess,
The limitless primal parents of the universe.
They are not entirely the same,
Nor are they not the same.
Let Inversions Turn Your World
An inversion is an asana or yoga pose where the head is ultimately situated below the heart.
There are many inversion poses. The Shoulder Stand, Headstand and Handstand are first likely to come to mind when one thinks ‘inversions.’ Fear may hold many people back from trying inversions because going upside down does not come naturally to most people and the road to a perfectly balanced inversion pose is usually with a few falls along the way.
The significance of 108
The number 108 has long been considered a sacred number, not only in yoga but in many spiritual traditions around the world. But what is the significance of 108? Why is it recurring in so many places?
Samskara, as with most Sanskrit words, has several context driven meanings in Indian philosophy. Some of its loose translations include “mental impression,” “psychological imprint,” “recollection” and “activator.” All these definitions help us understand its reference to a deep conditioning that, in part, is caused by past actions and, in part, is responsible for future actions, much like a broken record stuck in a groove that repeats the same tune. Samskara is what we are referring to when we say we are “repeating the same pattern.”
Sankalpa refers to the yogic intention or resolution, which in yoga is considered to be a very powerful force and a very important step to successfully reaching our goals.
Yoga Nidra, although known as yogic sleep, is not actual sleep, but a trance of awareness. It is a state of mind between wakefulness and dream, a practice that allows you to access deeper levels of mind, right down to the unconscious, while remaining conscious.
During the practice of Yoga Nidra, your intellectual or conscious mind is operating, but the deep relaxations allows the doors of the subconscious to open as they do during sleep.
Yoga and meditation help children find their calm and sense of connection while being fun. Inspiring your children to practise yoga and meditation offers them tools for life to help them live healthier and better cope with stress and other challenges. When children are content, they are less likely to be troublesome, so it can offer a relief for the parents too!