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Mermaid Pose – Eka Pada Rajakapotasana

Mermaid Pose is a special asana in that it allows one to both “squeeze into” and “open out” to life. It is characterised by feelings of compression and release and, as such, beautifully expresses that balanced yogic state of serenity, duality and equanimity – the calm...

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A Glider, A Propeller Plane and a Jet-plane

According to Swami Nitya, there are three categories of people travelling through life… We could say there are three different aeroplanes that one chooses: a glider, a propeller plane and a jet-plane. Swami Rama gives these three categories: There are people who move...

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Stillness

STILLNESS "It has been said: 'Stillness is the language God speaks, and everything else is a bad translation.' Stillness is really another word for space. Becoming conscious of stillness whenever we encounter it in our lives will connect us...

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Cultivating a Yoga Mind

CULTIVATING A YOGA MIND "In yoga we simply try to create the conditions in which the mind becomes as useful as possible for our actions. This can only happen gradually - every shortcut is an illusion. It is a step-by-step process,...

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The Dance of Light

THE DANCE OF LIGHT "If we want to see anything in the outer world, in addition to keeping our eyes wide open, we need light - either sunlight or electric light or some other kind of light. But in the inner world, even with our eyes closed, we...

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The Silent River

By the river is meant the spinal cord of the body, which is man’s centre. It is known mystically as the Altar of Brahman and many philosophers have written about this centre and of how, if man strays from this centre, he loses his soul. Have you ever thought of how...

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Enlightenment is like a joke!

Seekers on the spiritual path often ask what enlightenment really means. What is enlightenment? I say, ‘Enlightenment is like a joke!’’ It’s like a fish in the ocean searching for the ocean. Once upon a time, there was a congregation of fish, who got together to...

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Passion in Practice

If you’re like me, yoga crept into your life surreptitiously. Yet the impact has been profound. With an old knee injury and my thirties creeping up, I unknowingly turned a corner and left aerobics and spinning behind. Yes, the universe and my “knee karma” guided me...

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The Journeyman

"Each morning, at the thought of the effort that I must expend to fully be myself and feel completely alive, my body tires and heart balks, the mind protests and ingrained self-defeating patterns flare up, promising me the old, familiar rewards of illusory safety and...

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