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The Science of What's Real?

The why of how we all perceive differently

The science of how everything is relative and no one is right or wrong.

The science of yoga talks about the universe as we perceive it as being an illusion and not real in the way that we believe that it is. This is primarily because everyone perceives our everyday reality inside their own mind. To remind you; our five senses perceive something and then they send an electrical signal to our brains which interprets that signal and creates the concept of that reality. Because we experience life in our minds, we actually have no external reality other than how we perceive it to be and as some say ‘create’.

In these

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Sankalpa or Resolution

Developing conscious intent

Sankalpa (संकल्प) is a conception, idea or notion formed in the heart or mind that leads to a resolve or vow to act, a determination to perform, a definite intention, volition or will. In relation to yoga, it is a chosen resolution made during the practice of Yoga Nidra.

It is a process of training the mind to develop trust and faith in yourself and provide a direction for your whole life – if you use it wisely. Its effect is to awaken the willpower within, by uniting the conscious awareness with the unconscious forces, lying dormant. It takes the form of a short phrase or sentence, clearly and concisely expressed – using the same wording each

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Devi

The role of the Divine Feminine

Lalita Devi is a divine feminine archetype needing urgent and greater recognition. She is the representation of Shakti in Form. She is aliveness in the most juicy way because of her ability to facilitate the unblocked flow of life. She is Shrichakra Raja nilaya- Lalitha Devi, the divine mother.

There are many representations of Devi as the divine mother, the mother of all mothers and the creative energy of life which gives life to new life. Like all mothers, this energy desires expression in life and it also desires that all life coexist in harmony. We can see this in our mothers today are they will work their fingers to the bone and keep

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What is Dharma?

A mystery to those not knowing the essence of life

To get the best from life, you must love life and treat it with love.Via Vogue and lemonade

Dharma is living in accord with life while sustaining what is known and fruitful for all life.

In other words, to know Dharma in its fullness you must know life in its fullness and that is something few people achieve in their lifetimes. Therefore to know Dharma as a layperson without access to the accumulated knowledge of Vedanta requires a relaxation of beliefs and an openness to explore.

To put it simply, Dharma is a way of being in the world that sustains

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Yoga and Health

Yoga Asana Series

The technology of being human

The word Yoga means ‘the perfected state of universal oneness or spiritual completion’ but it’s also used to describe the activities, the exercises leading to that state.

Beginning with the physical, the first aspect of yoga is asana comprising all the physical exercises. These exercises condition the body creating freedom of movement, improved muscle tone and overall balance within one’s physical structure.

Yoga asana are designed to exercise every muscle in the body so that the muscles are contracted, twisted, squeezed and relaxed to push out toxins and then the muscles are relaxed. By twisting the torso, the internal organs are also gently affected so that the circulation of energy and

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Bikram Yoga

A misappropriation of yoga

Bikram Choudhury is the founder of the Yoga College of India and he ascribes a yoga exercise routine based on 26 postures performed in high temperatures making him the founder of ‘hot yoga’. He patented his name and always prosecutes people though today he has been disgraced.

Franchisees disillusioned with Bikram’s corporation have dropped out but retained elements like the heated room, but changed the Bikram name so as not to breech copyright. In 2006, he had 1,650 yoga studios around the world (up from 1,200 from the previous year)

The asanas in Bikram’s schools are the traditionally the same as in any school and he pushed the idea of exercising is a room heated to

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Practical Yoga

Yoga Asana Series

A simple guide to practising yoga

The literal meaning of the word yoga is ‘unity’ however the general meaning of yoga is broad covering all positive and life sustaining activities. The practice of Yoga can be best described as the conscious action to create balance, peace and harmony.

Unfortunately modern life is not peaceful, and yoga is more commonly used as a tool for relaxation, stress release, improving fitness and health, while being gentle and enjoyable for people of all ages and states of health.

Yoga at a personal level may be It is our want and desire for unity can be described as a type of yoga and is found in all our lives and

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Balance in Yoga

Yoga Asana Series

Defining Balance and how to find it?

The Buddha famously spoke of the middle way, of avoiding extremes and in simple terms physical balance is a state of equipoise whereby one can remain upright without rigidity. In yoga we typically think about balance in terms of the physical, but there are also states of mental and spiritual balance that comes about through right practice and mindfulness which of itself is another practice.

We could say that life itself is an exercise in finding balance in every area of life. However within yoga it is acknowledged that balance in all aspects of life enhances self-awareness, self knowing and ease of existence. So strive to balance inside

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The Core of Yoga

The path to truth and happiness

There is no absolute scientific certain, no proven origin or reason for mankind in this world. There is no proof of creation, there is no proof of evolution; there are many maybes and yet we know we have this potential and yet were are caught up in suffering when we have the potential to be happy….

But the fact that you wake up every morning is proof that you are alive and depending on the combination of your actions and circumstances, you are either happy or unhappy. For the happy, yoga is a celebration of life and for the unhappy, yoga is a journey to create an enduring happiness.

We all experience moments of

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Ethics in Yoga

The art and core of being

As with the ten commandments of the Christian bible and the more ancient Egyptian 142 commandments, the social and personal ethics known as Yama and Niyama are the rules which we must abide by for self realisation and for our survival as a society or civilisation. In other words, these constitute a formula for world peace and internal harmony.

Yama:

Peacefulness (ahimsa) Truthfulness (satya) Honesty (asteya) Continence (Bramacharya) Acceptance (aparigraha)

Niyama:

Purity (saucha) Contentment (santosa) Ardor or Austerity (tapas) Self study(svadhyaya) Dedication to the Lord (isvara pranidhana)

Why Ethics? Thesocial ethics, when practiced, bring about a harmonising of the community. They build trust and friendliness. Personal ethics assist us to see our true colours,

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