December 4, 2018

Vata governs movement in the body, the activities of the nervous system, and the process of elimination.

Qualities of Vata:

  • Cold

  • Light

  • Dry

  • Irregular

  • Rough

  • Moving

  • Quick

  • Changeable

If Vata dosha predominates, movement and change are...

November 20, 2018

Singing bowls are actually a type of bell, and are thus classified as standing bells because they sit with their base resting on a surface rather than hanging inverted attached to a handle.  They are played by rubbing a wooden, plastic, or leather wrapped mallet around...

November 6, 2018

The ancient Ayurvedic recommendation of tongue scraping is one that is often overlooked. There are many benefits to this daily practice as far as oral health, and overall physical, mental, and spiritual health. Since the oral cavity is one of the main gateways between...

October 30, 2018

Tārā is a female bodhisattva and an important goddess deity in both Buddhism and Hinduism. More properly, she may be regarded as a set of forms or avatars that represent different aspects of the same qualities, principally those of compassion and sympathetic action. Tā...

October 16, 2018

It can sometimes seem like the world is getting angrier. Whether it is Trumpian politics, keyboard warriors or the deluge of bad news we’re presented with on a daily basis, so much of our modern discourse seems to be fueled by animosity.

While anger is sometimes a valid...

October 2, 2018

YOGA’S APPROACH TO GRATITUDE

The concept of gratitude appears in all religions and various ancient texts as a virtue and blessing from a higher power. In Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras it is set out at 2.39:

“Acknowledging abundance (aparigraha) we recognize the blessings in ev...

September 25, 2018

In the eyes of westerners, Kali is a goddess dark of mind, body and soul, a mysterious goddess of death and destruction. However her story is far more complex and far-reaching; she cannot be easily fitted into a typical western narrative of good verses evil, and in fac...

September 19, 2018

Saraswati the goddess of knowledge, who is praised by the wise, who is the wife of the creator, may she reside on the tip of my tongue.

Saraswati, goddess of knowledge and the arts, embodies the wisdom of Devi. She is the river of consciousness that enlivens creation; s...

September 12, 2018

In Ayurveda, emphasis is placed on diet as a therapeutic and preventative health measure to manage one’s state of health. Following an Ayurvedic diet most appropriate for your body type is beneficial for mind, body and emotional health. Here we examine the Pitta diet,...

February 9, 2018

We live in strange times. Forty million westerners practice the ancient Indian art of yoga, a practice dedicated to world transcendence and Self-realisation. These contemporary yogins, the vast majority of them focused exclusively on the physical practice, have generat...

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