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Powerful Tools of Yoga: The Sutras

Powerful Tools of Yoga: The Sutras

by Nischala Joy Devi. January 1, 2015. Happy New Year! I hope this is a wonderful, peaceful, and transformative year for you. Yoga, of course, offers us all the tools we need to improve and uplift body, mind, and spirit. If we put these powerful tools to good use, they truly can transform our very lives! It’s not unusual for someone to enter yoga class just to try some good stretching but soon find herself or himself wanting to go deeper into...

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The Holiday Season Should Be Joyful

The Holiday Season Should Be Joyful

by Nischala Joy Devi December 18, 2014 This beautiful time of year is also one of the most stressful for many people. The rush and obligations of the holiday season—a season that should be simply joyful—can bring anxiety, worry and higher blood pressure. At times of stress many of us withdrawa from our physical bodies and draw into our minds and emotional bodies. Breathing becomes shallow. If the shallow breathing is left undetected, that in...

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Spark The Remembrance of Who You Really Are

Spark The Remembrance of Who You Really Are

by Nischala Joy Devi. December 2, 2014. Before we begin to formulate a word or even a thought, a feeling is experienced that stems from a vibration. This vibration that triggers the feeling is then translated into a thought, a thought to a word, a word to writing–a complex process that happens in a heartbeat. When we read, the word is connected to a thought, which then traces back to a feeling or sensation. It happens so quickly and often...

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Give the Heart a Place of Honor

Give the Heart a Place of Honor

by Nischala Joy Devi. November 17, 2014. To truly progress as spiritual beings, we must give the heart a place of honor. My foremost inspiration from a saintly woman came in the form of Sri Sarada Devi. Most commonly known as the wife of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa, she was a luminous teacher in her own right, known to many as the “Holy Mother.” In her humility, the Holy Mother expressed the teachings through her living...

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The Animals Will Love You

The Animals Will Love You

by Nischala Joy Devi. November 4, 2014. Taken as a prisoner of war and then isolated from his fellow inmates, Timothy was expected to survive on only a glass of water and one slice of bread each day. Although his body was being starved, it was his soul that was withering away. When he received the meager ration, all he could imagine was the satisfaction of sharing it with others in communion. Timothy envisioned cutting his one small piece of...

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Saucha: Cultivate Simplicity, Purity, Refinement

Saucha: Cultivate Simplicity, Purity, Refinement

by Nischala Joy Devi. October 21, 2014. Yoga Sutra II.40 Through simplicity and continual refinement (Saucha), the body, thoughts, and emotions become clear reflections of the Self within. Yoga Sutra II.41  Saucha reveals our joyful nature, and the yearning for knowing the Self blossoms.   Through the practice of Saucha our flawless essence becomes the basis for the choices and directions we invite into our life. Pure silver is a lucid and...

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