Category: Spirit

Spirit and soul for those interested in chakras (energy centers), Hinduism, Buddhism, deities, and mantras (chants) from Katia Yoga

The Life Story of the Buddha: Siddhartha from Prince to Buddha #buddhism #buddhist #buddha

The Life Story of the Buddha: Siddhartha from Prince to Buddha

For the past 9 years, I lived in Asia, 7 of those years in Buddhist Asia.  I love the openness and welcoming feeling in a temple.  There's just something magical there.  I don't know if I am a Buddhist, but certainly the Buddha's teachings resonate with me.  I'm a fan.  I've been following his story from one temple and culture...Read More
Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo | Adi Mantra Meaning, Uses and Meditation #sanskritmantra #mantra #adimantra #meditation

Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo mantra

Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo (also called the adi mantra) is a beautiful, deeply moving mantra.  It's is often chanted at the beginning of a practice, especially in Kundalini Yoga .  It's a great way to center yourself and tune in to your subtle body and focus your mind.  It allows us to connect with self-knowledge and the divine. [Just...Read More
Third Eye Chakra (brow chakra, ajna chakra): meditation, mantra, mudra, balancing, asana, and more! #chakras #thirdeyechakra

Third Eye Chakra | Ajna Chakra | Balance, Meditation, Mantra, Mudra, and More

[caption id="attachment_2809" align="alignright" width="300"] Also see our malas on Etsy[/caption] The Third Eye Chakra is called the Ajna chakra in Sanskrit.  It is located between your two eyebrows, slightly above them on your forehead, so it is also sometimes called the brow chakra.  It is responsible for seeing within the self and in the outer world.  This manifests as imagination, insight, foresight,...Read More
Lotus for the Throat Chakra; read more about balancing, meaning, meditation and mantra

Throat chakra: meanings, meditation, balancing, mantras and mudra

The Throat Chakra (or Vishuddha Chakra in Sanskrit) is located primarily in the neck, but also encompasses the shoulders, jaw, mouth, and thyroid.  It is the first of the more spiritual chakras, following the Heart Chakra.  The Heart Chakra is a mix between spiritual and physical chakras, with the definitively physical chakras below the heart chakra and the spiritual chakras above. The...Read More
All About Ganesha: why he’s so popular, how Ganesh can help you, his story, and a mantra you can chant or sing to Ganapati

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 a mouse named Krauncha.  Ganesh...Read More
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, but I am singing this...Read More
Solar Plexus Chakra: Power and Will: meaning, meditations, balancing, mantras, mudra, asana. The manipura chakra corresponds with action, choice, power, will and liveliness. #solarplexuschakra #manipurachakra #chakras

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 where your “gut feelings” come...Read More
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 and spirit.  A person with...Read More
Shiva Shambho Mantra- meaning and how to use this beautiful chant or song. Also, information about Lord Shiva and how he can help you #shiva #shivashambho

Shiva Shambho Mantra: meaning, how-to, music, and info on Lord Shiva

[Just so you know this post contains affiliate links] One of my favorite take-aways from Yoga Teacher Training was mantra.  Mantra is the yoga of sound.  There are lots of ways to use it, but this particular post is about a sort of chanted song.  Singing is so healing for every part of your being.  I love focusing my mantra...Read More
Root Chakra: Center of Groundedness and feeling at home in yourself. All about the root chakra: Finding Balance: Meaning, Meditations, Balancing, Mantras, Mudras #rootchakra

Root Chakra: Finding Balance: Meaning, Meditations, Balancing, Mantras, Mudras

When I was in Bali for Yoga Teacher Training, I saw an osteopath/energy healer.  After much discussion, she told me my root chakra was not aligned, so I needed to work on my feeling of groundedness and my comfort in my body and world.  From this revelation, I decided to learn more about the root chakra. [Just so you know...Read More