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Discussions on healing and becoming more fully human

As a species our population is growing rapidly as is the scale of human suffering. The remedy to suffering is knowledge and right action as prescribed by Buddha.

The forces that drive our civilisation encourage separation and promote suffering. Therefore if we as a people are going to survive and flourish, we need to become whole. This means becoming whole and healthy within ourselves and as a society. We need to get […]

The Purpose of Massage

Method, Intent and Political Correctness in Practice

Most people know that massage is a therapeutic or healing art that gives benefits of relaxation, improved circulation, the removal of toxins in the body, improved metabolism and greater self-awareness. Feel free to add to this list because even when it comes to serious health concerns, massage or physical touch can alleviate a great many problems.

Unlike modern medicine and surgeries, the client is usually alert and fully aware of the procedure. In […]

Eleven Facts about Hinduism

What Everyone Should Know About Hinduism

One in every six people in this world as a Hindu by virtue of their birth yet all around the world people of all nations are becoming Hindu because it offers a lifestyle where life is celebrated and not controlled.

Hinduism offers freedom and a way of living that generates happiness from within, the happiness and the joy that is not dependent on any external factors. It could be said to be the […]

Berkeley Yoga Conference

A “Yoga Justice / Yoga Violence” Conference

It is from the social media that I learned that the Race and Yoga Research Working Group at the University of California (Berkeley) is to host its third annual conference on Friday, April 22, 2016. The theme of the conference is “Yoga Justice / Yoga Violence.”

They have asked for submissions, however since the deadline is weeks passed and the subject caught my attention, here are some things that you may need to […]

Yoga Meditation Classes

A path of self realisation

Baddhakonnasana or cobblers pose

Yoga meditation is a generic term and meditation is simply a process of relaxation and introspection. It is about spending some quality time with yourself and sometimes it’s easier to get a foothold in this practice by practising with others.

Suited to anyone over age 12, these classes combine a few simple stretches and breathing techniques to facilitate energy flow and bodily comfort followed by talk, discussion, sitting meditations and […]

Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda

Sublime music for peace

Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda

Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda are Oregon based musical artists in the genre of mantra music. They offer kirtan, healing mantra music and Kirtronica (kirtan and electronica fusion).

In their 5 years together, they have released 7 albums on Sounds True, Spirit Voyage and independently. They tour nationally and internationally holding their own events and retreats. In addition, they perform and teach at festivals and regularly offer Kirtronica at ecstatic dances.

They […]

Nude Yoga

Owning one’s self

Nude Yoga Class

The practice of yoga has been spreading rapidly around the world since the first yogis began teaching in the West in the late 1800s. At first it spread slowly, but since the 1960s it has spread rapidly.

Within yoga there are many traditions and many practices that are all designed for the personal liberation of the practitioners. So we have many forms of intellectual and physical exercises to give the practitioners the experience […]

Western Yoga

Disconnected from the source

Yogacharya BKS Iyengar

For some time now yoga has been promoted as one of the most refined or sophisticated forms of physical and mental exercise for human well-being. But during this process it has become corporatised and is losing its connection with the source.

Let’s remember that yoga was introduced to the world some 15,000 years ago and after their training at the time, seven adepts were sent to the corners of the earth to […]

Where is The Divine?

According to an Old Legend

There was once a time when all human beings were divine, but they so abused their divinity that Brahma, the chief god, decided to take it away from them and hide it where it could never be found.

Where to hide their divinity was the question. So Brahma called a council of the gods to help him decide. “Let’s bury it deep in the earth,” said the gods. But Brahma answered, “No, that will not […]

Yoga and Hinduism

A historical overview

Devi, the Divine Mother and inspiration for Mary the mother of Jesus

Yoga has popularly been thought of as a Hindu practice and part of a religion referred to as Hinduism, however this is very far from any truth.

Yoga was first taught as a technology for human well-being and about 13,000 BC. This is long before the idea of Hinduism evolved and the story begins in the modern era but before we get to that, […]

A substitute for love

And the need for human touch

Massage is needed in the world, because love is leaving and people are losing touch with reality – the ground that is their bodies.

There was a time when the touch of those you loved was enough. The husband playing with the body of the woman or the woman stroking his body with affection; that was massage and that was enough. It was a deep relaxation and part of love, but that is disappearing […]