Yoga is One Thing The Whole World Can Agree On

Yoga is One Thing The Whole World Can Agree On

Escalation of war and sectarian violence, religious strife, race riots, climate change, Ebola -  
in 2014, humanity seemed to be coming apart at the seams and it was easy to lose sight of all the divine elements in the world as we were fed cable news hysteria of one crisis after another .

As the year comes to a close, I wanted to share some very good news that you may have missed.

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Is Yoga a Religion?

Is Yoga a Religion?

A recent Yoga Journal article asked the question “Is Yoga a Religion”? During the closing ceremony of Yoga into the 21st century conference in NYC the renowned Yoga teacher T.K.V. Desikachar told the audience that Yoga is not a religion and should not affiliate with any religion.

While I agree that Yoga need not be associated with any religion, I am more curious to explore the premise of the question itself, which I think keeps Yoga from unleashing its full potential in our lives.

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A Different Kind of Blessing

A Different Kind of Blessing

The Sanskrit word Prasad means a blessing, or gift that has been divinely invested. It is usually an edible sweet or fruit that is offered at all Hindu spiritual gatherings to represent the pure and divine state of the holy person or place, which has the potential to bless our life and fulfill our wishes. Indeed, anything that an enlightened master touches becomes Prasad, as the object is believed to be infused with divine vibrations.

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Chakras, Planets and our Cosmic Potential

Chakras, Planets and our Cosmic Potential

Chakras are the most embraced aspects of yoga in the west but perhaps also the most misunderstood. Most people have acquired their understanding of chakras from an amalgam of traditions like Reiki, Tai chi, crystals, and New Age teachers. What I am presenting in this article is the classical Yoga interpretation of chakras, which are an integral aspect of Yoga theory and practice.
 

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Rahu and Ketu - Divine Confusion

Rahu and Ketu - Divine Confusion

A central principle of Yoga and Vedic Astrology is the cycle of human birth, death and rebirth, as the soul’s journey towards the realization of its cosmic roots. With each successive birth the desires of the soul to experience all aspects of life evolve until all desires have been transmuted (not suppressed) and surrendered. The desire that propels the soul to take birth on the physical plane is Rahu (north node) and the completion of the desire is Ketu (south node). When all longings cease and everything is embraced as an aspect of the divine, the journey is complete, and the soul merges back into its source.

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Yoga of Life Purpose

Yoga of Life Purpose

There are hundreds of self help books and teachings that promise to help us discover our life purpose, find our passion, do what we love and realize our dream. Naturally, we are drawn to these possibilities, as we are all motivated by our unique nature and intrinsically inclined to do certain things and to avoid others. So what does Yogic philosophy have to say about finding our Life Purpose and passion?

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Getting Unstuck - Yama/Niyama and the Planets

Getting Unstuck - Yama/Niyama and the Planets

It’s that time of the year when we all make New Year resolutions and promise ourselves that there are some things we are going to do differently next year. However, year after year there are a few areas of our life that resist change and certain negative patterns keep repeating despite our best intentions. In Vedic Astrology we call these our karmic tendencies (samsaras), which are so strongly entrenched within us that as a result of our conscious or unconscious actions certain events are almost fated to occur.

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