Meditation

Opening the Wisdom Eye: Ajna Chakra

Opening the Wisdom Eye: Ajna Chakra

The mysterious third eye, blinking open in the forehead of Shiva or Buddha. The unforeseen intuition and deeper understanding that seems to arise out of nowhere like a flash of lightning. What is the reality of the ajna chakra, the sixth and highest chakra, that gateway to mystical experience reflected in the middle of the forehead?

Anahata chakra: the beauty of the heart

Anahata chakra: the beauty of the heart

Anahata holds the middle point in the chakra system, between the three lower chakras governing ordinary human life and the three upper chakras going into transcendence.
Related to the air element, it represents the beginning of true spiritual life and also the ending point, the place from which you live once you’ve already gone to the top of the mountain and seen the complete view, so to speak.

Come on baby, light my fire: awakening the power of manipura chakra

Come on baby, light my fire: awakening the power of manipura chakra

Behind any great accomplishment in this world, you’ll find the power of manipura. It’s the spark that gets you moving to embark on new plans and visions, and the courage to carry forward despite difficulties. “Where there’s a will there’s a way,” and manipura is the very manifestation of willpower.
This is true for spiritual accomplishments just as much as for success in business or whatever else.

Go with the flow: revealing the beauty of svadhisthana chakra

Go with the flow: revealing the beauty of svadhisthana chakra

Svadhisthana: that mysterious energetic center of sex and sensuality, emotions and creativity, known sometimes as the “black sheep of the chakra family” or even just the “secret chakra.”
What’s really the deal with the second chakra?
Svadhisthana is a portal to the infinite, to the sacred dimension of your being, just like all the other chakras. However, it has its own particularities and often requires a special approach.
Svadhisthana is the home of the Water element and everything associated with it. Sexuality, yes, but also emotionality, artistic expression, social connectivity and much more. It’s an intense energy, not always the easiest to deal with, and one that we’re all living closely with on a daily basis…

Christmas from a yogic perspective

Christmas from a yogic perspective

In the time of outer darkness, nearly every culture in the world has chosen to celebrate light.
Last week the Jewish people of the world lit the last Hanukah candles. Scandinavian girls adorned themselves with crowns of candles. Iranian families gathered to spend the solstice night eating, burning fires and reading poetry. Now we celebrate the birth of Christ, the light of Oneness Consciousness blossoming within a world of darkness.

Top 5 reasons to do a Yoga TTC (other than for becoming a yoga teacher)

Top 5 reasons to do a Yoga TTC (other than for becoming a yoga teacher)

If there’s anything that the modern world of yoga has in abundance, it’s Yoga Teacher Training Courses. These days it seems like everyone is busy either taking a TTC or offering one.
When you hear about yoga TTC’s, maybe your first thought is, “Eh, this isn’t for me. I don’t want to be a yoga teacher.”
Actually, there are many reasons to complete a yoga teacher training course even if you have little or no interest in teaching yoga! …

Tantra and Yoga: two sides of the same coin

Tantra and Yoga: two sides of the same coin

Although people often talk about them as if they were three separate things, in fact there is no practicing tantra without hatha yoga and meditation. Divide them is like trying to split fire from heat, to borrow an old tantric analogy.
Hatha yoga is actually a tantric science, developed from a worldview and understanding unique to the path of energy…

Tantra of Solitude

Tantra of Solitude

Tantra is something you practice with your lover, right? Isn’t it a dance for two?
So now that many of us are quarantined away from our partners, it might seem like our tantric practice has been put on hold.
Don’t despair, solitary tantrikas! Now is actually an amazing time to practice tantra on a deeper level. We can come out of isolation as an overflowing cup, ready to pour our love and high energy on a world that will need it so much.

The essence of Yoga

The essence of Yoga

What are you practicing when you practice yoga? The yoga that we mostly see in the West is primarily physical. Of course, there are benefits for the mind and emotions, as any conscious movement will benefit the mind and the emotions – many people find long-distance running, for example, to be very meditative. It’s wonderful that so many people now…