Monthly Archives: February 2016

THE BHAGAVAD GITA: KARMA YOGA #2  Written by Estella Vall Simply put, one doesn’t get emotionally involved in the action being performed, becoming overly excited, upset or angry when the result of an action is not as expected. Gita also talks about “Meta-Karma Yoga”, which means not getting irritated, annoyed or unhappy when one gets...
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THE BHAGAVAD GITA: KARMA YOGA #1 Written by Estella Vall The Bhagavad Gita is one of the world-scriptures today. It guides the lives of people all around the world. Mahatma Gandhi regarded it as the “Mother”, to whom the humanity turned when in distress. The Bhagavad Gita, often referred to as simply the Gita, is a 700-verse sacred Sanskrit scripture of Hinduism part...
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  Meditation for health benefits #2 Written by Estella Vall Below, we talk about meditation health benefits mentioning different studies that have come out in the last few years to show that meditation produces measurable changes in our brain: A study from UCLA found that long-term meditators had better-preserved brains than those who don’t meditate as...
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Written by Estella Vall Meditation for health benefits #1 There’s a lot of evidence that meditation may do some good for those people who practice it on a regular basis, it can improve our energy, creative thinking, stress levels and even our success. The meditation-and-the-brain research has been active for a number of years now,...
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Written by Estella Vall Only approach your past and future on the level of the present moment It’s easy to get stuck dwelling on the past. Or you might sit around waiting for the future to come along and save you. You hope that someone will find you, a great job will come knocking on...
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Written by Estella Vall “There is no better time than the present” predicts Eckhart Tolle, writer of the best-selling book The Power of Now: A guide to spiritual enlightment. The Power of Now has been recognized as one of the most influential spiritual books of our time. The book has helped a large number people...
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Ishvara Pranidhana – written by Sophie Nusselder – Success in the trance comes by complete surrender to God* – Iswara Paranidhana means ‘surrender’. Practicing yoga helpes us realize we are not the masters of this universe. There is a wisdom and strength where everything comes from. In all major yoga philosophies surrender (bhakti) is regarded as the essence...
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Svadhyaya – written by Sophie Nusselder- By self-observation, union with the desired deity is brought about*. Svadhyaya literally means’ self-study of scriptures. But it also has a broader meaning as ‘self-reflection’. In the former post I wrote Tapas is the key element of a yoga practice: it is the transforming heat that burns away impurities. The purification...
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Tapas – Written by Sophie Nusselder- By practising austerities, impurities are destroyed and there comes perfection in the body and sense organs*. If you are a frequent yoga practitioner, you know practice demands discipline. When you practise every day you learn more about your body, heart, mind, and spirit. The discipline, focus and passion with which...
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Santosha – Written by Sophie Nusselder- Unexelled happiness comes from the practise of contentment* Santosha means ‘contentment’. It is a profound state of being that is worth pursuing. Cultivating contentment is a yoga practice. If you feel down or experience life as meaningless and sad, you can change that experience. I think the most powerful way...
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