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Articles / Tantra
The Kanda: Tantric Anatomy in Practice
Prana shakti, our life force, emanates from a shimmering bluish kanda, a bulb-shaped nexus of vitality and intelligence that is the root of embodied life. The kanda is the key to accessing the pranic body, mastering the mind, and awakening a deeper level of awareness. Sandra Anderson explains the significance of the kanda along with ways we can tap into this source of vitality to fuel our spiritual growth.
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Sandra Anderson
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Articles / Meditation
How Japa Leads to Meditation
Is mantra meditation the same thing as doing japa (mantra repetition) using a mala? Pandit Tigunait explains how they differ and how using a mala builds a foundation for meditation, training our mind to focus without fighting with our mental habit patterns.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Articles / Wisdom
Shaucha (Part 2): Purifying Mind & Heart
We are used to practicing physical cleanliness, but how often do we think about cleaning our mind? Yoga practices for purifying the mind and heart help clear away old self-limiting thoughts and emotions that hold us back in life and in our spiritual quest. Irene Petryszak explains the deeper aspects of cleansing in this second post on saucha (cleanliness, purification), the first of the Yoga Sutra’s five niyamas (observances).
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Irene (Aradhana) Petryszak
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Articles / Holistic Health
Core Power: The Foundation for Spinal Alignment
What is the key to having a presence that radiates health and confidence? Nema Nyar explores this question by looking at the energetic and physical anatomy of our core, the core’s role in supporting good posture, and the connection between how we stand and how we feel.
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Nema Nyar
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Articles / Wisdom
Yoga on Death & Dying
Yogis greet death joyfully. For them, leaving the body voluntarily at the time of death is like taking off a suit of clothes. Most of us haven’t learned how to die at will, but as Swami Rama explains, even if we just meditate regularly and sincerely, we will find that our mantra is an eternal friend during the time of transition—the leader that guides us from this world to the next.
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Swami Rama
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Articles / Wisdom
The Infinite Joy of Self-Transformation
Do yoga and the self-transformation we achieve from it ever end? Establishing physical well-being and a mind free of negativity and distractions is just the beginning. Learn how going deeper, to find ourselves in union with the deepest aspects of our being, takes us on a never-ending journey of self-discovery, transformation, and infinite joy.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Articles / Holistic Health
Why Posture Matters
While it is easy to say “align your head and neck over your trunk,” it is not easy to do, especially for those of us slumped behind the wheel or at the computer. This introduction to a series of posts by Nema Nyar on how to regain good posture discusses the relationship of energy and alignment, and the importance of posture to the health of body and mind.
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Nema Nyar
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Articles / Wisdom
Shaktipata: Bestowing Bliss
Can we become enlightened through grace alone? In this engaging tale from his youth, Swami Rama learns that shaktipata—the grace of the divine flowing through a master to bestow bliss and enlightenment—is possible only when a seeker has sincerely and faithfully undertaken a long period of discipline and spiritual practice.
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Swami Rama
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Articles / Wisdom
Yoga and Your Religious Faith
Will the practice of yoga disturb your religious faith? Swami Rama explains in a clear, straightforward manner why there is no need to abandon your faith in order to benefit from the systematic, practical teachings of yoga. He describes how yoga leads to a healthy body and focused mind that help you become a better practitioner of Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, or Buddhism.
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Swami Rama
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Articles / Meditation
How Mindfulness Deepens Meditation
Learn how practicing mindfulness throughout the day can help you deepen your meditation. The mind’s habit of thinking about 30 different things in 5 minutes during the day can make it difficult to concentrate on a single thing—the mantra—in meditation. Pandit Tigunait suggests ways to become more mentally and spiritually focused in our daily life to overcome this problem.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Articles / Holistic Health
From Chaos to Calm
Juggling our many responsibilities and activities, it’s natural to be stressed, right? According to Dr. Carrie Demers, by no means! In this article, she emphasizes that the choice is ours—to suffer from constant tension or to enjoy a baseline of calm. Reclaim your right to relax: learn three simple techniques to ease out of fight-or-flight mode and melt away the stress.
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Carrie Demers, MD
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Articles / Wisdom
How to Attain the Purpose of Life
How can we attain the purpose of life, which is to know ourselves at every level—body, breath, and mind? Swami Rama describes how we can work with ourselves at each of these levels through a holistic lifestyle and time-tested yogic practices, thus overcoming obstacles and freeing the mind from conditionings and disturbances that obscure our true nature—the pure, eternal self beyond birth and death.
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Swami Rama