Philosophy

Vastu Shastra: Indian Feng Shui

Written by Brook McCarthy

Vastu Shastra (vāstu śāstra) is the Vedic science of architecture and design of temples, homes and buildings. While the yoga asanas and pranayama breathing techniques apply to our interior environment, similarly, applying Vastu Shastra to our physical environments facilitates health, harmony and balance in our external environment.

Often referred to as ‘Indian feng shui’, Vastu Shastra actually pre-dates Chinese feng shui by about 1500 years. Vastu derives from the root vas, which means ‘to dwell, live, stay, abide’, while the Shastra loosely translates to ‘science, doctrine, teaching’.

 
 

The secrets of the Japa Mala

Written by Ana Davis

These days in yoga and meditation circles, and even in the broader community,  it’s almost become a fashion statement to adorn oneself with Japa beads. Attractively fashioned from a variety of materials including sandlewood, crystal, shell, coral, tulsi, and rudraksha (blue-marble tree) seed, it’s not surprising that these beads have become a ‘must-have’ for many yogic-‘organici’ inspired, fashionistas! Jokes aside though, what is the deeper significance of these Japa Malas? 

 
 

Learning to be free: Karma yoga

karmic-cycle.jpgWritten by Brook McCarthy

“I wish I knew how it would feel to be free” follows the famous Nina Simone lyrics. In this first of a series of articles exploring the complex subject of karma, Brook McCarthy looks at how the path of karma yoga enables one’s mind to become calm, karmic consequences to cease, and liberation to be attained.

 

 
 

Ahimsa: cultivating compassion

compassion-and-love.jpgWritten by Ana Davis

Learning to practice ahimsa or non-violence, starts on the mat with yourself and your limitations. Knowing when to slow down, rest and recuperate is the sign of an advanced yoga practice.

 

 
 

Poetry in motion

Virabhadra.jpgWritten by Kara Goodsell

If a rose is a rose is a rose, does it follow that a pose is a pose is a pose? The myths and legends behind poses can empower us to find the inner expression and outer strength of a pose.

 

 
 

Unleashing your tapas

personal-tapas.jpgWritten by Kara Goodsell

Your alarm goes off at 5am, it’s dark outside and so warm and comfortable in bed. Do you pull back the covers, ready, willing and able to step up and step onto the mat as planned? Or do you turn the alarm off, pull your pillow over your head and roll over, feeling slightly guilty? The difference may lie in the personal quality of tapas.

 

 
 
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