This [Read more…]is an instrument to change something we do every day into an act of consciousness. It is a way of increasing awareness and living in the present moment. There is no destination, as every step becomes the destination.
This technique comes from the Buddhist tradition and was introduced to me by my teacher Sahajananda, founder of Hridaya Yoga. This is a good technique to use for 15-20 minutes before a meditation session, especially if you are having trouble calming the mind. I find it very useful on days when my mind is incredibly active and resisting meditation. [Read more…]
A woman’s life changes significantly the moment she becomes pregnant. Aside from hormonal influences and the extra bodily stresses of being pregnant, she now has to act with increased awareness, as every action affects not only her but her soon to be born child as well. The mothers physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being have a considerable impact on the developing fetus. It is crucial during the months of pregnancy that the mother makes her best efforts to provide wholesome nutrition for the fetus as well as a soft, calm, pleasing atmosphere for it to flourish. [Read more…]
During pregnancy the mothers body becomes more sensitive and receptive, while her body exhibits unusual symptoms as many hormonal and physical changes take place. Pregnancy is a time when it is most important for her to listen to her body and pay attention to any symptoms that she is experiencing. The symptoms that arise during pregnancy can indicate certain deficiencies or imbalances in the woman’s state of health. She should try to correct any imbalances and relieve any discomforts that appear during pregnancy using safe and natural methods. [Read more…]
Bliss Ball: A delicious chocolate treat packed with aphrodisiac herbs to help get you and your lover in the mood.
Having one or two of these balls (or more if you’re feeling adventurous) will add extra bliss into your lovemaking. Effects may include increased sensitivity, sensuality, stimulation, and desire. The powerful energy boosting herbs in this recipe provide the necessary power and stamina for extended lovemaking sessions. Men may notice an increase in penile strength and hardness and women can experience added orgasmic potential. [Read more…]
This holiday season I took part in a powerful 10-day meditation retreat. The first nine days were an incredible opportunity to interiorize, reflect and deepen the meditation practice, but the real jewel of the retreat was our last night which was December 31st. We began a special meditation that evening, then continued meditating through the night and ended on the evening of January 1st. One might wonder why a group of people would subject themselves to an entire day and night of sleep deprivation just to meditate, but our lengthy meditation session gave us the chance to connect with each time zone of the world at the corresponding time of their midnight. Most people do not consider that this crossing point between December 31st and January 1st is the most powerful energy wave of the year. [Read more…]
Year after year I would dread the approach of the holiday season. The stress and chaos that accompanies this time of year always overwhelmed me and I began to see as a materialistic, wasteful, over-indulgent event that I did not want to take part in. Although I always respected that many people see Christmas as a time for connecting with family, or for getting into the spirit of giving, I always felt that there was much more to Christmas than that. This year rather than spend another Christmas over-eating and over-purchasing, I sought to meditate on the original significance of this time of year. [Read more…]
To maintain balance and health we need to live in harmony nature’s daily cycle. There are times of the day that are more suitable than others for our regular daily activities such as waking, eating, exercising, relaxing, and of course, sleeping. The three doshas have a close relationship with the daily cycle; each of the doshas is most active at a particular time of day and night, and the energy associated with that dosha will affect us. If we become aware of the natural cycles according to , we can experience better health and become more in-tune with our bodies. [Read more…]
I was at a monthly woman’s gathering this weekend. Each month a different woman shares her insights, knowledge, or passion with the other members of the group. In this past meeting, Bliss who was leading that evenings gathering, asked us all to take out a pen and paper – she had prepared a questionnaire about hair. [Read more…]
Both and Yoga are based on the principle of the five . These five elements are referred to as the panchamahabhutas in Ayurveda or the tattvas in yoga. Pancha means “five” and mahabhuta and tattva are Sanskrit words meaning “element” or “reality.”
These five elements are responsible for the structure of the universe; they are the building blocks of the material world. Everything in the universe, animate and inanimate, is made up of the five mahabhutas. The five elements are: aakash (ether), vayu (air), agni (fire), jala (water), and prithvi (earth). Each object and being in the universe contains a varying degree and combination of the five elements providing its unique features. The elements are not detected in their pure state. We perceive substances that possess many qualities, which come from a combination of more than one element. [Read more…]
The cervix is the lowest part of the uterus which extends down into the vagina. Cervical dysplasia is the appearance of abnormal cells on the lining of the cervix. Abnormal cells are found via pap smear results.
There are usually no symptoms of dysplasia. It is a common condition and mild cases often go away on their own.
Cervical dysplasia is NOT cancer; it is a cell transformation which COULD at one point transform into cancer. There is no need to panic if you have been diagnosed with [Read more…]. The progression to cervical cancer is very slow; it can take over ten years for cervical dysplasia to develop into cancer – IF it develops into cancer.
Just as incorrect diet and lifestyle can create imbalance, so can the wrong yoga practice. Yoga must be done on an individual basis; we are all different in mind and body, and the way you practice should be designed to work best for you.
Asanas are an important aspect of your yoga practice as they prepare the body for pranayama and meditation. Depending on your [Read more…]and , the asanas you choose to practice will vary.