The Importance of Healing

If you ask the average adult, “what does healing mean to you?” Most answers would be limited to the general answer, “the process of getting well when one is sick”. But this answer reflects such a limited understanding of what we need as complex human beings to be well, in addition to a gross underestimation…

Reflecting on my Yoga Teacher Training Course

“Devote yourself here and now to the search for the Truth that is ever within you” -Sri Ramana Maharshi  Almost a year ago now, I was fortunate enough to fulfil one of my goals – to continue my own personal yoga journey and complete a Yoga Teacher Training Course in India. It was to be the…

Gratitude

“The attitude of gratitude is the highest yoga.” Yogi Bhajan ’Tis the season of celebration with family and friends, exchanging presents, sharing delicious food and drink and spreading good cheer.  We are surrounded by so many things to be thankful for this time of year and with New Year’s just around the corner, an attitude…

Our Health is in Our Hands-The Power of Hasta Mudra

Mudra is a Sanskrit word that literally means “seal.”  In Buddhism and Hinduism, a mudra is a symbolic and spiritual gesture of the body, most commonly performed with the hands and fingers.  There are a myriad of mudras the range from fairly simple to incredibly complex and can involve using the entire body, including the…

Limb By Limb Series

The Eight Limbs of Yoga-Part VI “Where the mind goes, the prana follows.”  The Great South Indian saint, Thirumular, shared this truth many eons ago.  The word Prana literally means breath or vitality.  It is a cosmic force that gives life to everything.  Without it, nothing would move or function.  Because prana is difficult to control, but…

Sadhana

What is Sadhana?  It’s a committed prayer.  It is something which you want to do, have to do, and which is being done by you. …Sadhana is self-enrichment.  It is not something which is done to please somebody or to gain something.  Sadhana is a personal process in which you bring out your best.  ~Yogi…

Pranayama Series – Sheetali Pranayama ‘The Cooling Breath’

Sheetali Pranayama Sheetali Pranayama or the cooling breath is usually done after practicing other asanas and pranayamas. Sheetali Pranayama cools the body. Actually Sheetali in sanskrit means ‘cooling’. Sheetali pranayama is mentioned in the yoga texts Hatha Yoga Pradeepika and Gheranda Samhita. Sheetali involves folding of the tongue to form a tube like shape. Some…

Pranayama Series -Bhramari for stress and anxiety

BHRAMARI PRANAYAMA Bhramari Pranayama or the humming Bee Breath produces a sound similar to the humming of a bee. Bhramari comes from the Sanskrit word ‘Bramar’ which means a kind of black Indian bee. Bhramari pranayama has a soothing effect on the brain and calms the mind.In Bhramari pranayama the humming sound is produced during…

Pranayama Series – Ujjayi Pranayama for thyroid

Ujjayi Prananaya or the psychic breath soothes the mind and induces a meditative state.  Ujjayi means to ‘lift up’. In Ujjayi pranayama, the chest is slightly lifted up as if the inhalation is done from the throat. Ujjayi pranayama is mentioned in the yoga text Hatha Yoga Pradeepika and in the Gheranda Samhita. Ujjayi involves…

‘Am I breathing?’ – The Pranayama Series

‘Am I breathing?’ The Pranayama Series From the moment we are born we gasp for air naturally as we enter this world. But have you ever asked yourself how do you breathe? Am I breathing correctly? Am I breathing too fast? Am I breathing deep enough? Where does my breathe go? Does it go to…