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The Wisdom of Yoga

The wisdom of yoga is a book by Stephen Cope that links the ancient text of the Yoga Sutra to everyday modern life. Its weird but perhaps not surprising that the restlessness, busyness and stress that we often feel today, was felt a few thousand years ago. Like us, it seems people of those times set about working why and

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Depression & Devotion

Depression & Devotion. Over the past week, I’ve been in a growing mood of devotion: the heart roaring like a fire fuelled by on-going glimpses of the Infinite. Looking back now, something is different, usually I experience devotion as a ‘peak’ of experience, like I’ve finally seen the beauty of this mysterious existence once again. This time, though, the fire is

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3 Great Reasons to Meditate

Which benefit of meditation is most attractive to you? Did you know that meditation gives over 100 benefits to health and longevity? This article should make it pretty clear why. We’ve grouped the benefits into 3 main results, which one is most appealing to you? Health, wellness, more energy, better sleep etc. Meditation calms the nervous system. The nervous system

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Meditation @ Spanda School

Meditation At Spanda School, meditation is our favourite thing! With some grace and wisdom we have learnt that meditation is not another combat field. Instead, we take a few key attitudes into meditation that allow us to finally let go, be still and relax into love, as a natural unfolding rather than a dualistic battle. For us, meditation must incorporate

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Yoga @ Spanda School

The programs at Spanda School bring clarity, light and love. Simple, really. You might find yourself undergoing a transformation towards a joyful, contented and interesting life. The main elements we focus on are: ▽ Yoga Meditation The Infinite Life ▽ How does it work? Yoga is ancient art form of breath, mind and body. It was originally designed to bring higher states of

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What is Tantra?

What is Tantra? Let’s start with the dictionary definition. It can help us see beyond new-age interpretations and varied opinions. noun a Hindu or Buddhist mystical or magical text, dating from the 7th century or earlier.•  [mass noun] adherence to the doctrines or principles of the tantras, involving mantras, meditation, yoga, and ritual. I love that the dictionary uses the word magic! Actually magic

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What is Jnana Yoga?

You may have heard that there are four main branches of Yoga: Karma, Bhakti, Raja and Jnana.  All asana forms of yoga (postures, breath and most meditations) fall under Raja yoga. The other words may be familiar, Bhakti and Karma, but what is Jnana Yoga? Most teachers refer to Jnana as knowledge, the dry yoga, and sometimes as a path of studying

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Meditation and Enlightenment

Whats the one thing I am seeking in my life, more than anything else? We may all use different words, but in the end all human beings have this insatiable yearning at the core of their beings, behind all of the individual desires. There is a longing, we each have different words for what the longing is ‘for’ but the universal experience

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Yoga and Meditation for the Subconscious Mind

We can use the Yin principle in a yoga and meditation retreat to tap into the subconscious mind. What is the Yin Principle?  The Yin principle comes from the ‘yin/yang’ theory of Taoism (dow-ism) which is an understanding of the reality itself. Because everything in the universe is energy, everything exists in polarity. Yin and Yang, plus and minus, give

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