Abundant WellBeing

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

There’s More to Yoga Than Stretches

There’s More to Yoga Than Stretches

by Nischala Joy Devi. October 9, 2014. Occasionally, I see or hear about heart patients who are following a yoga, stress management, and dietary regime but the results are not good. Their cholesterol, blood pressure, or chest pain is still above normal. Why is this not working for them? It is not just a matter of doing a yoga program or of going through the motions. The poses, breathing, and meditation are practices that draw us inward. They...

Read More

Feminine Uniqueness & Yoga

Feminine Uniqueness & Yoga

by Nischala Joy Devi. September 30, 2014 A woman’s body and her emotional makeup have unique qualities that need special attention. Many of the yoga poses need to be adapted to the female body. Yet, our special needs are ignored if we follow traditional asana instruction rather than our intuition. The asanas were designed for the needs of the male body. While gentle pressure and squeezing help to improve blood circulation and health,...

Read More

Skip the Excuses! Enjoy Your Practice.

Skip the Excuses! Enjoy Your Practice.

by Nischala Joy Devi. September 17, 2014. I have had the privilege of teaching yoga as stress management for many years to all populations, including people with life-threatening diseases. It always amazes me how many excuses I hear for not doing the practices. To help yourself heal a physical or mental malady vigilance is required. Vigilance is important even if you don’t have to be concerned about a particular health problem. If you are...

Read More