Motivating Yourself To Get On The Mat

Motivating Yourself To Get On The Mat

I think us Yogis would all agree just how much we adore Yoga.

So why is it so darn hard sometimes to just roll the mat out and get on with it?

Whatever the reason, we’ve all been there.

So how do we get past it and get on that mat?

Here’s some motivation for exactly that…

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The Meaning Behind Mala & Mantra

The Meaning Behind Mala & Mantra

Have you ever seen those beads that spiritually-inclined people tend to wear around their necks? Ever wondered what they’re all about?

Originating in Hindu and Buddhist culture, I first encountered Malas in Thailand and later again during my travels through India. I was aware they were prayer beads, similar to those used in Christianity, yet their deeper meaning escaped me on these trips.

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Yogic Permaculture - Thriving Inside & Out

Yogic Permaculture - Thriving Inside & Out

In which ways do Yoga and Permaculture intersect?

Whilst on Awakened Spirit’s Sacred Earth Yoga Teacher Training, the Principles of Permaculture were passed along to us. Permaculture is the sustainable merging of people with nature that creates an ecosystem for all to thrive in. The ideals of this concept were coined by the duo David Holmgren and Bill Mollison and have since inspired many conscious humans (including myself!) to live by their values. This echos beautifully what yogic philosophy teaches us: when we embody these ancient principles, we are forging and creating a more harmonious existence with the world within and around us.

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Exploring Our Edge

In today’s world of Yoga, exploring our edge is something heard often - but what exactly does that mean? It involves leaving that much loved zone of comfort in order to find real area for growth, having the bravery to peer into into the uncertainty of not knowing yet wanting to discover, whilst testing the limits.

In the legendary ancient Yoga Sutras of Pantanjali, Sutra 2.46 mentions Sthira Sukham Asanam’, ‘Sthira’ meaning unwavering/stability and ‘Sukham’ being comfortable/sweetness. In regards to postures and edge exploration, this can be seen as applying a subtle effort to find that sweet spot right between the ease and the challenge. (On a cliff edge, you would have the perfect view of below without being blown off the top).

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Gratitude: A Way of Life

Gratitude: A Way of Life

The majority of cultures around the world live their life through thanks - really taking the time, energy and enjoyment for the acknowledgement of this blessing of life. It seems we’ve lost our way somewhat. I learnt recently that the Hawaiian saying of Ho’oponono ‘I’m sorry; Please forgive me; Thank you; I love you’, used to only be ‘Thank you, I love you’, before we began destroying our home, this Earth. Giving thanks is natural and indeed needed. We as Westerners can probably most likely relate this to prayers before eating, perhaps in a religious concept, which it need not be. Simply to remember with true respect allows us to keep it all sacred.

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Discovering Kleshas

Discovering Kleshas

Kleshas are something I've known of my whole life, but had never put a name to. Basically, they're all the pesky things holding you back. Or more literally, 'poisons'. They come under five main titles: avidya (ignorance), asmita (ego), raga (attachment), dvesha (avoidance) and abhinivesha (fear). From a Yogic perspective these are seen as the root cause of all suffering.

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Plant Consciousness

Plant Consciousness

Plants are sentient, intelligent, perceptive souls. Of course they are. They just aren’t as loud as us about it. You'll find that every plant has its own frequency and thus its own unique effect towards you. Combining their use with meditation, appreciation and mindfulness of the medicine allows a synergistic bond to form between you both.

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A Letter to the Universe...

A Letter to the Universe...

I'm convinced that if everyone created a letter to the universe, they would find more direction and follow their soul purpose (what fulfils one whilst also contributing to the whole) with ease. It is such an empowering thing.

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The Equinox: A powerful time to tune in and harmonize

The Equinox: A powerful time to tune in and harmonize

This year the Equinox is on September 22nd at 9:54pm EDT.  The Equinox occurs twice a year when the sun crosses the celestial equator. At this time, we on earth experience equal hours of light and dark. And as the Sun enters Libra, there is a shift in the cosmic energies towards harmony and equilibrium.

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Samvega: A Personal Reflection on Waking Up

Samvega: A Personal Reflection on Waking Up

Can you think of the precise moment when you knew that things would never be the same? When you decided that it was time to shed, to expand, to grow, to harmonize, to heal, to activate, to step up, to surrender? 

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How Do We Build Community?

How Do We Build Community?

Permaculture examines how actions within and upon a system should bring benefit to the system as a whole. When permaculture is applied to human communities and social systems we can begin to build holistic and sustainable foundations in our relationships, communities and networks. Social systems can be organized to be more egalitarian, less wasteful, and less damaging to the natural ecosystems and communities that they exist alongside and depend upon.

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