Tag: consciousness

Samadhi: The Coronation of the Path of Yoga

Samadhi: The Coronation of the Path of Yoga

Most likely you’ve heard this word before if you’ve spent any time practicing yoga or in a spiritual environment. But what exactly does it mean? Is it just a spaced-out trance or an altered state like you might have on some kind of drug trip? An exotic mystical vision achieved by great yogis in the Himalayas?
Not exactly: let’s look deeper and closer to home!

Christmas and Yoga

Christmas and Yoga

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.

What Makes Sex Tantric? The Three Pillars of Tantric Sexuality

What Makes Sex Tantric? The Three Pillars of Tantric Sexuality

There may be as many answers to this question as there are tantrikas! Sacred sexuality doesn’t have to look or even feel a certain way for it to be meaningful and authentic. But in our experience as teachers and practitioners, we’ve found that sexual tantra–if it’s going to be a real spiritual path and not just a game of pleasure–rests on three pillars: consecration, sublimation, transfiguration…

Sahasrara: Into the Void

Sahasrara: Into the Void

The “thousand-petaled lotus” blossoming from the crown of the head represents the pinnacle of the journey through the chakra system, yet sahasrara itself is not a chakra.
If we look at the chakras in the traditional yogic system, each one represents a level of consciousness and a world in itself, each one a very particular flavor of reality.

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?

Vishuddha Chakra: Go Beyond Time and Space

Vishuddha Chakra: Go Beyond Time and Space

Welcome to the world of vishuddha chakra!
Located at the throat, the fifth chakra is the point in the chakra system where things start to get a little trippy. It is the first of the upper chakras, representing a level of consciousness beyond the ordinary reality of personal limitations. This can make it a little more difficult to understand and relate with than the lower chakras, but an absolutely fascinating domain to explore.

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.

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