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Your Body Is a Cathedral: How Sound Heals

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | July 30th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Yoga | tags: Big Happy Day, body as cathedral, chanting, healing, healing power of sound, healthy sound, Kasey Luber, resonance, science of sound, self healing, sonar testing, sonogram, sound, sound for good, sound therapy, sound waves, Suzanne Sterling, sympathetic resonance, ultrasound, video, Yoga

Sound can be used for good, and sound can be used for ill, says Suzanne Sterling, a performing artist known for her joyful chanting at yoga festivals and other gatherings around the world. (Some examples of using sound for good are sonograms or sound waves being used to destroy tumors.) You can harness the power of sound to create healing inside the body. To do that, Sterling says, you must learn to keep sound within the body — to turn your body into a cathedral that resonates harmonic, restorative health.

Shakti Fest: A Celebration of the Divine Feminine

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | February 20th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Green Living, Yoga | tags: ayurveda, Bhakti Fest, Bhava Ram, chanting, Cristi Christenson, Divine Feminine, Govindas, Hemalayaa, Joshua Tree, Kia Miller, kirtan, Kristin Olson, Laura Plumb, meditation, Micheline Berry, Peter Guinosso, Radha, Sara Ivanhoe, Saul David Raye, Shakti Fest, Shiva Rea, Tommy Rosen, Yoga

Shiva Rea at Shakti Fest 2011 ©Elena Ray

Shakti Fest is a celebration of life, of creation, of the Divine Feminine that dwells within each one of us. Shakti Fest is a more intimate version of Bhakti Fest, which has been held in September for the past three years. Thousands have come to be part of a rapidly expanding community of people devoted to following the path of the heart through yoga, kirtan and spontaneous expressions of love, joy and well-being!

Enrich Your Yoga Practice With Sanskrit

Colleen Saidman by Colleen Saidman | January 23rd, 2012 | 13 Comments
topic: Yoga | tags: chanting, chants, colleen saidman, mantra, mantras, pose names, sanskrit, Yoga, yoga class, yoga poses, yoga teacher

Sanskrit

Yoga students often wonder, “Why do we use Sanskrit terms when learning the poses? Is it important? Do we have to learn it?” I can relate because I once asked similar questions.

No Om Yoga

by guest | September 8th, 2010 | 20 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Yoga | tags: chanting, flexibility, No Om Yoga, power yoga, secular yoga, stress-relief, Yoga

Women in yoga class

by Kimberly Fowler

People who are passionate about yoga often get really passionate about the style of yoga they practice. And controversy over what is “real” yoga and what isn’t — which style or philosophy is purer — goes back as far as, well, yoga. To me, all that doesn’t really matter. Getting people to practice yoga does. My philosophy is simple: Doing a little yoga is better than doing none at all.