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Can Depression Be Relieved by Yoga and Meditation?

Like all of you, I was shocked and saddened by Robin Williams suicide on August 11, 2014. I considered him a brilliant comedian and fine actor and remember him with a smile. When my children were younger, we gathered together to watch Jumanji, Night at the Museum, Patch Adams, Flubber and Aladdin - and knew we would have a good time. He captivated us and lifted our spirits with his staccato style humor and seemingly boundless energy. What a tragic loss to the world and his family. God bless you Robin. May you be at peace. Thank you for what you gave us.

Women’s Moon Centers and Yogic Secrets of Sacred Sex

The Kundalini yoga tradition teaches that women have 11 moon centers – erogenous zones of the body that are activated at different phases of the lunar cycle and influence our emotions and way of viewing the world. Our psyche is focused on one of the moon centers for 2½ days and then moves on to the next. The order of the moon centres is different for each woman – it’s up to us and our sexual partner to discover which one predominates on a particular day.

Eleven Steps to Activate Your Destiny

Each of us has a unique role, a sacred contract with our soul - a mission and destiny, which if followed, brings much fulfillment and happiness – to ourselves and others. Sometimes we don’t recognize or accept our destiny and turn away from it, resulting in frustration and sadness from unfulfilled dreams and lack of meaning. We may deny our destiny because we are afraid of the commitment it requires, we don’t believe it is possible, or feel we are not up to the task. We may ignore or push away the inner voice that guides us onward.

Guidelines for Meditation

The quality of our meditation is dependent on many things, specifically posture, concentration, knowing what elements to focus on, skillful redirection of one's focus, being accepting and allowing of "what is" without "running away or running towards", being able to locate our awareness fully in a specific part of the body, and the length of time of our practice. The following tips may help you to improve the quality of your meditation while affirming that every moment of practice is a victory.

How to Find a Legitimate Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Program

Are you interested in teaching Kundalini Yoga (as originally taught by Yogi Bhajan) or learning more about this sacred technology? It is a beautiful practice that will surely enrich your life and develop fitness of mind, body and spirit.

Yoga for Addiction Recovery

Beyond Addiction: The Yogic Path to Recovery – Guidelines for Stopping Smoking

Addiction is displaced longing – we all have a longing to be “at home” with ourselves, comfortable in our own skin, and to be loved. Often because of early childhood stress or abuse, lack of safety, or unmet developmental needs, we look for that longing in other places.

Honing Your Meditation Skills

We know from Patanjali the 8 limbs of yoga - yama, niyama, pranayam, asana, pratyahar, dharana, dhyana, samadhi. All are essential as we mature as yoga practitioners and meditators.

Yogi Bhajan often calls Kundalini Yoga the "yoga of awareness". What does he mean by "awareness". Awareness is applied attention and focussed concentration (dharana) during meditation or yoga practice, and in daily living.

Using Meditation to Become Free of Your Complexes

We Identify with Our Complexes Rather than Our Spirit

Though our reactive patterns served a particular function while we were growing up, our problem is that we identify with them as who we are and we allow them to rule us.

Meditations to Practice on the Full Moon

On the full moon, the sun's radiance is strongest - reflected both from the earth and from the moon to the earth. We receive this light. If light = consciousness, then it is when we have access to greatest consciousness. We can begin a 40 day meditation on the new moon, and continue building its effectiveness daily to perhaps have most profound experiences on the full moon. From the new moon to the full moon there is a building up of energy. From the full moon to the new moon there is a winding down of energy. Many processes in nature are linked to the cycling of the moon.

Yoga can Decrease the Stress Response in Pregnant Women

Pregnant women can encourage life long health in their children by being relaxed during pregnancy. When women are stressed, their cortisol levels increase, which can have detrimental effects on the fetus, priming them to a lifelong exaggerated response to stress, and perhaps a susceptibility to addictive behaviour patterns to diffuse the stress response.