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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.

It’s Okay to Say “Namaste”

Jill Miller by Jill Miller | August 4th, 2011 | 9 Comments
topic: Fitness, Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: closure, divine, end of yoga class, greetings, honor, Jill Miller, Kundalini Yoga, love, mantras, meditation, namaste, oneness, prayer, respect, sacred, sanskrit, santa fe, the light within me, universal consciousness, Yoga, yoga instructor, yoga teacher, Yoga Tune Up®, Yoga TuneUp, yoga-practice

NamasteThe first time I took a live yoga class, at age 12 or 13, I remember hearing some strange, prayer-like, exotic word come out of my teacher’s mouth. Everyone echoed it back, and it made me uncomfortable. It didn’t stop me from going back, but I did kind of feel “left out,” as I didn’t know what they were saying, what it meant, or if it was the name of a god or other deity. Frankly, it sounded kind of religious, and I was definitely not into god-stuff at that point in my ’tweendom.

When my teacher told me what Namaste meant (“I bow to the god within you”) and how to pronounce it (Nah- Mah-Stay), it didn’t necessarily make the phrase any easier for me to embrace. But the social pressure of  “call and response” soon won me over. I attended very small classes in Santa Fe, and any non-compliant Namaste’ers would be very obvious to the teacher and other students. At first it barely rolled out of my lips, a garbled rumble of vowels with slight hiss in the middle. I had no way of knowing that a decade later, I would be the one at the front of the room offering the same salutation to my classes.

A New Look at an Old Yoga Pose

Meryl Davids Landau by Meryl Davids Landau | June 16th, 2011 | 1 Comment
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: affirmation, asanas, change, Cobra, deepen-your-yoga-practice, downward dog, Downward Dog Upward Fog, enlightenment, exercise, Fitness, forward fold, happiness, health, inner peace, intention, mantra, mantras, Meryl Davids Landau, mountain-pose, plank, practice, rush, self-love, spiritual growth, spiritual practice, spiritual-journey, spirituality, Sun Salutation, sun salutations, transformation, visualization, Yoga, yoga poses, yoga sequence, yogi, yogis

Sun Salutation on the beach

Ever felt yourself going through the motions of a yoga pose without focus or purpose? I think most yogis who’ve been practicing for a while have this experience, at least sometimes.

Several years ago, I found myself rushing through the Sun Salutation, praying for the series to end so I could move on to asanas I enjoyed more. I hated the way the pose strained my wrist and left me breathless, and it seemed to take forever to get through five or six of them. But since appreciating whatever you’re doing is a key spiritual teaching, I knew I had to do something to change my perspective.

Manifesting Miracles

Cynthia James by Cynthia James | January 31st, 2011 | 4 Comments
topic: Personal Growth | tags: abundance, affirmation, change, dreams, faith, goals, God, grace, habits, intention, life, manifest, mantras, mind, miracles, negative thoughts, negativity, passion, positive thinking, power, present, resolutions, spiritual, spirituality, transformation, universe, vision prayer, visualization

Woman meditating by the pool

Let me begin by saying, you are a powerful manifestor!

Every single person on this planet has, at the core of their being, the power to create a life of grace, ease and abundance. Think about it: There are people, including Oprah Winfrey, who had difficult beginnings and yet have created lives that amaze us all. In the last year I have been experiencing a series of miraculous experiences in my life. I want you to know that I believe that this is our natural state of being. Miracles are occurring every day, and when we recognize that truth, we begin to understand the power of co-creation with the Universe.

Use Runes to Attract What You Want in Your Life

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | February 24th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Inspirational Media, Personal Growth | tags: goals, intention, law of attraction, mantras, runes

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If you’ve been interested in the law of attraction and The Secret but don’t know much about runes, Kaedrich Olsen has something to tell you: Runes may be the tool you’re looking for to help you change your life.

We talked with Kaedrich, author of the new book Runes for Transformation, about how you can use the ancient runes in practical ways today. Here’s our Q&A:

You CAN Do a Kettle Bell Workout

Tanja Djelevic by Tanja Djelevic | August 28th, 2008 | 2 Comments
topic: Fitness | tags: kettle bells, mantras, workouts

I’m back from a vacation in Egypt — with new energy and inspiration. Now that I’m back at the gym, thinking about the challenges workers faced to build those magnificent monuments brings to mind one of my favorite mantras, “I can” … and how this simple statement can motivate you to try new things, like the hot workout buzz that was all around me when I returned from my trip: kettle bells!