- How to Use the Primordial Sounds of the Chakras for Healing
- Shhhh…it’s time to sleep.
- Become Energized by Tapping into a Source of Long-Lasting Vitality!
- Pratyahara and Mastering the Senses
- Eightfold Examination in Ayurveda
- Darshan Project Video Series: Part 2 – General Approaches
- What the Hell Should We Eat Anyway?
- How to Ask Holistic Health Practitioners the “Right” Questions
- 8 Promises and Benefits of Hatha Yoga
- Empowering the Minds of Our Young Adults
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Pratyahara and Mastering the Senses
Pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses) is one of the most important limbs of Yoga but often one of the least understood. Yoga requires that the mind must be focused and drawn within, with the fire of vairagya...
- Posted January 13, 2017
Cultivating Dharana: The Key to Meditation and Health
Among the eight limbs of Yoga, dharana or concentration is one of the higher limbs that precedes dhyana or meditation. Yet today, several Yoga teachers and their students do not develop proper dharana and instead go straight...
- Posted January 6, 2017
Three Pranayamas and their Ayurvedic / Psychological Effects
Pranayamas, or yogic breathing techniques, have effects upon the doshas in the body. Vata – Wind, Pitta – Bile and Kapha – Phlegm. Pranayamas also have specific effects on the mind, as per the four levels of...
- Posted December 25, 2016
New Age Ayurveda vs Classical Ayurveda
Panchakarma New Age Ayurveda looks at employing palliative (shamana) techniques for Panchakarma (the five detoxification actions in Ayurveda) and primarily Spa therapies alone. Traditional Ayurveda employs specific and detailed methods of Panchakarma beyond palliative care for treating...
- Posted June 28, 2016
Go Beyond the Dosha: a Trayodashi (Thirteen-fold) Constitutional System
The three biological doshas (literally: defects), often described as humors and used in the system of Ayurveda, are dual combinations of the great elements: Vata (ether and air), Pitta (fire and water) and Kapha (water and earth). Such don’t always provide refinement relative to the Prakriti or...
- Posted January 4, 2016
Changing Winds: How They Affect Your Dosha
Wind is often characterised by Vata-dosha in Ayurveda, itself being composed of both akasha (space/ether) and vayu (wind/air). Various types of wind generally aggravate vata, owing to wind’s subtle nature. The three biological humors in Ayurveda or doshas...
- Posted October 28, 2015
Ayurveda helps us understand that “all life is yoga”
Ayurveda and Yoga are more than sister sciences. They are part of the same greater Integral Vedic path that involves spirituality and psychology, represented by Yoga and Vedanta and also lifestyle and diet, represented by Ayurveda. This...
- Posted May 24, 2015
Misunderstandings of the Modern Chakra-Healing Movements
While the ancient Upanishads and the Vedas mention chakras, they are not simply seven, but are twenty-one in their total number of the greater Hindu Yoga system. Those working with the seven chakra system are hence neophytes...
- Posted March 11, 2015
Yogic Psychology and the Effects of Meditation
Meditation has become almost a special “science” and “technique” in itself today, but few realize what actual benefits they are having. Many talk about states of consciousness, however, traditionally speaking, to attain them takes lifetimes of intense...
- Posted February 16, 2015
Karma and the Spiritual Background of Yoga and Ayurveda
“On the completion of his training, the psyche of Brahma or the Sages enter into him (The Vaidya or Ayurvedic Physician) according to knowledge” – Charaka Samhita Chikitsasthana, I.4.53 “Whatever offense we might have given to the...
- Posted January 18, 2015