Category: Informational

Malas: choosing one, activating it, and using your mala for meditation and manifestation

Malas: how to use, choose and activate your mala

Malas are a string of beads used for meditation.  They help with concentration by giving you something to focus on, but they also can have a more spiritual side.  They can help you to manifest some sort of wish or goal or help you find a new connection with a mantra, affirmation or even your […]

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Anahata Heart Chakra: balancing, meditations, mudras, mantras and more

Heart Chakra: meanings, meditation, balancing mantras and mudra

The Heart Chakra (or Anahata Chakra in Sanskrit) is located in the center of your chest, level with your physical heart.  It is the middle of the 7 chakras, with more physical chakras below and more spiritual chakras above.  It is associated with the color green and the element of air.  The heart chakra is […]

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Choose happiness; ideas, meditations and book recommendations for being happier moment to moment

Choosing Happiness as a Lifestyle

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about happiness and choices that we make; how these things affect our demeanor, our mood, our opinion of the world, the way we interact with others and the way that they see us, and perhaps most importantly, how we see ourselves.  I think many of us can benefit from […]

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7 Restorative Poses to relax and rejuvenate

Restorative Yoga: 7 Poses to Try

Restorative yoga is one of my new favorite ways to relax.  As your stretch, these poses help activate your nervous system.  It also increases your energy and helps release tension.  The organs also benefit from deep relaxation.  Restorative yoga can also help you find balance and focus as you release control and movement of your body and […]

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Ganesha: story, meaning and mantra

Ganesha: story, meaning, and mantra

Ganesha is one of the most popular Hindu deities.  He is also one of the most easily recognizable because he has the head of an elephant.  He is known as the Remover of Obstacles so many Ganesh devotees pray or chant to him when they are struggling but wish to succeed.  Ganesha has 4 arms and rides […]

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Lokah Samastah Sukino Bhavantu/ May All Beings Be Happy and Free. Kirtan mantra chant and personal story

Lokah Samastah Sukino Bhavantu Mantra chant

Lokah Samastah Sukino Bhavantu/ May All Being Be Happy and Freeeeee Longer Translation: May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all. My Experience with the Mantra: You might not be able to tell, […]

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Guide to Understanding the 8 Limbs of Yoga

Guide to the 8 Limbs of Yoga: Asana: history, theory and philosophy

The third and most well-known limb of the 8 limbs of yoga is asana.  This means all of those yoga poses—the physical practice of making all of those shapes with your body.  In the West, asana often is yoga.  We sometimes forget about the other 7 branches. When yoga first started, about 5000 years ago, […]

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Manipura chakra; solar plexus chakra: location, functions, meditations, balancing

Solar Plexus Chakra: Power and Will: meaning, meditations, balancing, mantras, mudra

The solar plexus chakra is called the Manipura Chakra in Sanskrit.  This third chakra is associated with the color yellow and corresponds with action, choice, power, will and liveliness.  It’s related to your perception of who you are.  This chakra is also responsible for feelings of self-worth, ego, trust, passion, anger and guilt.  This is […]

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How to get up into handstands: asana sequences and tutorial

Guide to Handstands: Asanas, Sequences and Tips for Getting Comfortable Upside Down

Being able to easily hang out upside down in a handstand is definitely one of my personal goals.  It’s something that I am still working on as I write this, but I have gained substantial progress.  My biggest obstacle now is confidence.  I need to get myself away from the wall and trust that my […]

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Sacral chakra: functions, meditation, balance

Sacral Chakra: Feeling and Creativity: meaning, meditations, balancing, mantras, mudra

The second chakra is the Sacral Chakra, or the Svadhistana chakra in Sanskrit.  It is associated with the color orange and responsible for emotion, sensuality, creativity, pleasure and enjoyment.  It also helps with relating to others.  This chakra is also related to sexuality.  For this chakra, it’s important to connect feelings with the body, mind […]

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