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Parts of the Whole

Foundations of Anatomy and Physiology

At the foundation of our physical nature are the five elements of earth, air, fire, water and ether (Akash). It is from these five elements that all physical existence is created. These five elements give rise to the periodic table which in turn compose our bodies.

Modern sciences still trying to understand the finer details of our anatomy and physiology, and we know we are much more than simply flesh and bone. Even our thoughts are physical and our anatomy includes the subtle energy fields and meridians.

While we are literally made of stardust, we have our bony skeleton that supports a myriad of bodily systems that supports and enables our consciousness to exist and

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The Five Koshas

The subtle anatomy of man

Kosha, usually rendered “sheath”, is one of five coverings of the Atman, or Self according to Vedantic philosophy. According to Vedanta, the wise person being aware of the subtle influences of the five elements within each kosha, ever discerns the Self amidst appearances.

In other words, if the individual has some appreciation of these aspects of self, then in daily life they exist in a state of calm abiding and less reactive to worldly phenomena.

Physical – Annamaya Kosha

Anna means food. All of the physical aspects of life come and go, and are consumed by another aspect of external reality. Thus, the outermost of the koshas is called the sheath of food, or

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Three Bodies of Man

Our three bodies as per the Yoga Shastras

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These three bodies consist of the physical body, astral or subtle body, and the casual or super-subtle body. Throughout the subtle body are energy channels, through which our life energy flows. Through regular practice of Yoga and pranayama, you can keep your physical body under control making it easier for you to reach your higher self. The astral, or the subtle body, is related to the mind and chakra energy system. Breathing exercises, the practice of prathyhara, and concentration, can help control the astral or subtle body. The casual or the super-subtle body is the finest

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Origin of Fair Skin

Have you ever wondered where light skin color originated?

It’s only in the past couple of thousand years that would become aware that other populations have variances in skin colour and in today’s multicultural world, these colours are mixing. We must remember that regardless of skin colour we are still the same species and what separates us most are the ways in which we think.

Our distant ancestry remains theoretical and as our science and technology improves, some theories are becoming probabilities yet we are far from any actual proof. The best we can hope for is a probability that satisfies the majority. In terms of human evolution within the past hundred thousand years, we know of Neanderthal, African,

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Hemorrhoids

Facts, causes and treatments

Hemorrhoids or haemorrhoids are more commonly known as piles, they are swollen, enlarged, prolapsed and/or inflamed blood vessels occurring inside or outside the anal cavity. They are very common and while some people may not notice them, they cause many people a great deal of discomfort along with rectal bleeding. Some people find haemorrhoids painful when going about ones daily business in activities such as walking and preclude people for sports and exercise.

Internal haemorrhoids may only become apparent due to discomfort and/or bleeding when passing stools although they can also protrude as an external haemorrhoid.

External haemorrhoids are usually seen as protruding lumps or bumps located around the entrance

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The Female Breasts

The nurturing essence of womanhood and a fashion statement

An anatomical overview:

The term breast refers to the raised mound of tissue that grows on the upper anterior ventral region of the human torso (front of the human chest medically known as the mammary glands) and breasts are also found on all mammals. The breasts are mounted to the chest wall and are supported by a delicate system of muscles and ligaments. But the breasts do not contain muscles, the breast tissues lay on top of the chest wall muscles.

Both men and women have breasts but while the male breasts are similar to female breasts, the male breast tissues don’t normally produce milk although history shows that some men

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The Menstrual Cycle

A rite of passage

The menstrual cycle occurs in women and periods can begin as young as age six or seven in populations affected by environmental poisoning. But more commonly they start any-time between the ages of nine to fifteen years.

Menstruation can start before or during the growth of breasts. Menstruation and ovulation results from of a very complex and delicately balanced chemical cycle that mature females go through every month or so.

What is a menstrual cycle? The menstrual cycle is how a woman’s body prepares for the possibility of pregnancy each month. A cycle usually averages about 28 days long and starts on the first day of a period. However, a cycle can range anywhere

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Chakras Explained

The technology of being human

Understanding the chakras is important if you are going to venture into advanced self knowledge and energy work although simple things like energy clearing do not require any knowledge at all, but it is required that you suspend any doubts or disbelief to allow your energy to work.

Part one

Energy follows thought If there is no thought or impulse, nothing will happen – for all activity and creation, there must be an original thought. This means that after a massage, if you are doing a simple energy cleanse, you must have the thought or better still the visualisation that it is taking place.

Are chakras are cultural a appropriation?

This question

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The Seven Chakras

Life – Force – Energy

Our seven chakras

The seven chakras make up the core of our energy or spiritual body. These points are located along the kundalini, a dual energy stream flowing from the centre of our earth to the furtherest space and back down to earth centre.

The kundalini can be likened to an 11,000 volt power line along which are transformers or chakras which break the current down in to 240 volts for consumption.

In yoga class I have talked about the dual nature of the kundalini in comparison with the alternating current of the city electrical grid and its important in meditation and asana practise to remember these facts as this is an

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Total Curve

Product Review, A Healthy Option for Beautiful Breasts

Breasts can help Women gain an improved sense of identity

The body is a temple and a nice bust is a testament to the beauty of a woman, yet not every woman is so bless so why does it seem that beautiful breasts are only attainable by getting lucky in the genetic lottery pool?

While any sized or shaped breasts function to help define sexuality and nurture new the born, in our socially conscious societies, we see beautiful women and their beautiful breasts displayed all over the magazines, on tv and movie screens to which there is a desire to conform. As women we’re constantly being reminded in subtle and

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Posture and Health

Is your posture killing you?

One is sometimes compelled to ask, what do we really know about ourselves, and in particular our bodies? Science has made a great many studies and come to a number of conclusions but are these conclusions correct?

Science and medicine in many ways constitutes an educated guess-work and when what some treatment works for a majority without actually causing apparent harm to most users or trailists, it becomes medicine. In many ways our ancestors had a better understanding of what was to be human in regard to our physical posture.

One of the recent contradictions in modern science has come from the x-rayed spines of so-called primitive or tribal people who live without the

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