Yoga for all - Health at every size
For over four decades I have been teaching “ Yoga for all - Shanti Yoga: Health at every size" If you are tired of trying to shrink your body and dim your light to make others feel...
It's all about the journey
Most of us know Yoga to be a journey towards increased awareness and acceptance of the way things are. Nevertheless, letting go of our future-focused, goal-oriented mindset is a long journey, where...
Purification: Yogic Cleansing, Shat karmas
Purification: Yogic Cleansing, Shat karmas
1. CLEANING THE STOMACH, Dhauti
1 Internal washing of the stomach, antar-dhauti
1.i Internal Washing, antar-dhauti
If you have regular thoughts of self-judgment, criticism, shame, or unworthiness, create a true antidote, a phrase (or two or three), that transforms the falsehood of these unhealthy thoughts, and...
The 5 layers of consciousness, koshas
You are so much more than your physical body, emotions and mind. You are actually composed of five layers of consciousness, which in the yogic tradition are known as the 'koshas'. These are...
All human beings have three bodies, or three personality aspects of consciousness, namely
- the Physical body, stula sharira
- the Subtle body, the body of enjoyment, sukshma sharira, and
Unlock your Hips
Sitting may be the most harmless activity known to human beings, but it can also be one of the dangers to your health. Even if you are amongst the most active of athletes, you can still suffer from...
Pranayama: Breath Control
Pranayama or the science of yoga breathing, is the fourth limb in the discipline of yoga, and the first principle with which anyone beginning a yoga practice should concentrate upon.
From the classical and ancient Indian language known as Sanskrit, the word 'mandala' can be loosely tarnslated as a circle. However, a mandala is far more than a simple shape. It is a cosmic...
Dancing with Shiva
The elements dance.
The animate and inanimate dance.
All these and the Vedas dance
when the Supreme Presence dances the dance of...
Finding Your Yoga Fit with Shanti Yoga 2017
Hello February. I hope you have embarked on an awesome start to the New Year. It’s not too late in this powerful and perfect time to take up or resolve anything you wanted to do in the past,...
108 bead Mala
For centuries, the number 108 has had significance in Hinduism, Buddhism and even in yoga and other spiritual practices. The yoga Japa Mala used for prayer and meditation has 108 beads strung on a...
Five Subtypes of Prana
All visible and invisible happenings of the universe are under the influence of the Cosmic impulse known as Prana in the Vedas. There are five kinds of Prana in the body, and each has its region...
Yoga Therapy, Yoga Chikitsa
There has been a lot of excitement recently about the effectiveness of yoga therapy. For over 40 years, we have witnessed amazing results through Shanti Yoga.
In the early days, we did not know why...
ओ३म् भूर्भुवः स्वः
भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि
धियो यो नः...
The Power of Om
Sounds are built from elementary particles, which in turn are made from microscopic strands of energy (string theory?).
All sounds have energetic blueprints, which act as triggers that can induce...
Break Bad Habits with Yoga
When was the last time you really thought about what you were doing whether it was reaching for coffee
in the morning, the high energy drinks such as ‘V' or ‘Mother' at work,...
Shanti Mantra: Sahanavavatu Mantra
Sahanavavatu is one of the shanti (peace) mantras which has its origins in the Taittiriya Upanisad. It is often used as a universal prayer, to invoke divine blessings, and for harmony amongst...
A fundamental difference between Eastern and Western medicine is that many of the Eastern traditions include practices that help one to develop and achieve optimal health and wellness before the...
The secret to healthy movement is to know how to protect your body and joints from strain, while working your muscles in the right way, which is the skill of being able to contract and relax your...
Yoga in Cancer and Chronic Illness
YOGA IN CANCER AND CHRONIC ILLNESS
Shanti yoga accepts the body as a divine instrument. The practice of Shanti Yoga assists an individual attune to their subtle and vibrant energy field through...
Chanting: The Healing Power of Sound
Chanting has commanded great respect among yogis of the past and it is often considered one of the most important yoga practices. Chanting, by the recitation of mantras, assists in bringing the mind...
Suggestive Power during Yoga Nidra
A writer for a popular fitness magazine once wrote a facetious article about a "miracle supplement".
At the bottom of the page on which the article appeared, he had the magazine's...
In the centre of the castle…Chandogya Upanishad VIII 1-5
In the centre of the castle of Brahman,
your own body,
is a small shrine
in the form of a lotus-flower,
within which can be found
a small space.
Find who dwells there
and seek to...
Yoga Philosophy (astika)
Yoga was compiled by Patanjali. The word ‘Yoga’ is derived from the verbal root ‘yuj’, meaning to yoke or harness, and represents the union of the individual self, jivatma,...
Jala Neti, Nasal Irrigation
What is Neti?
Jala Neti means 'water cleansing' and is one of the shat kriyas or 'six purification practices' common to yoga.
Neti in the form of saline nasal irrigation...
Numbers in Sanskrit
1. One: eka
2. Two: dwi
3. Three: tri
4. Four chatur
5. Five: pancha
6. Six: shat
7. Seven: sapta
8. Eight: ashta
9. Nine: nava
10. Ten: das(h)a
YOGA from A to Z
AHIMSA non-violence, one of the five yamas
ANANDA Joyful. Bliss.
ANAHATA un-stuck sound centre; the heart chakra
ANGULI fingers or toes
Patanjali 1:33 Friendliness, compassion, delight and equanimity.
By cultivating attitudes of friendliness toward happiness, compassion toward suffering, delight toward virtue, and equanimity toward vice, thoughts become purified, and the obstacles to self...
Mantra - Vibrational Medicine for Body, Mind and Soul
Mantras are vibrational medicine for body, mind and soul. Many people have benefited from the power of mantra.
When you select a word or series of words to repeat in the form of a mantra, you...
Drishti, Vision. Focused Gaze in Yoga
Focused Gaze in Yoga
Where the eyes go, there the mind goes.
In Sanskrit, drishti means gaze; it can also mean vision, a point of view, or intelligence and wisdom.
GURU RUPA - Guru is the means
Spiritual teaching is powerless without the appropriate elements of delivery or transmission in place. The guru, or spiritual teacher, the sangha, or community of like-minded beings, together with...
Namaste Namaste is a greeting which originally came from India, and has now increasingly been embraced as a worldwide acknowledgement. It does not allude to a fixed time, such as good morning, good...
The wheels that spin
Chakras are subtle centres in the brain and spine that exist as subtle, non-physical patterns of energy that precede the formation of the body and facilitate its...
Kundalini: Cultivating Shakti and liberating the force
Cultivating Shakti and liberating the force
Kundalini is the underbelly that describes the entire cosmic creation condensed within a coil, the infinite source of energy, that resides...
In Sanskrit a mental or physical act is called karma. Karma is the Sanskrit word for action. It is also the word used to describe the consequence of this act, and hence what we call 'fate'....
From me to you 19 July 2012
From me to you...
The conflict between spirituality and sensuality, the metaphysical and the material provides no real direction, only confusion. In this search it doesn't matter where you look,...
The new year is a wonderful time to try something new. It is also a great time to return to something that once nourished you. We often receive calls from students asking if we 'offer classes for...
Yoga Nidra, the importance of rest and sleep
Would you like to get a perfect night’s rest, every night and wake up feeling rested, alert and energised?
75% of adults suffer with sleep problems at least a few nights a week. About 10%...
Arrange your mind to have a better day
Arrange your mind to have a better day (yoga story)
A 92 year old, petite, well-poised and proud man, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o’clock, cleanly shaved and with his hair...
Today, there are practitioners following different yoga paths and yogic styles who come from various lineages.
In a society where traditional yogic concepts such as wholesome eating, mindfulness...