Abundant WellBeing

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...

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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,...

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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...

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Love & Light with Every Heartbeat – A Guided Meditation

Love & Light with Every Heartbeat – A Guided Meditation

by Nischala Joy Devi. September 11, 2014. Sit quietly as you take in a few deep inhalations and let them out very slowly. Allow the breath to return to normal observe it as it slowly flows in and out. Bring your awareness to the light in your heart, where the Divine spirit resides. With each inhalation observe the light in the heart brighten. On the exhalation, allow that light to flow out to the earth as love. Allow the light to expand till it...

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The Magic Wand: Our Intuitive Wisdom

The Magic Wand: Our Intuitive Wisdom

by Nischala Joy Devi. August 27, 2014. Difficulties manifest because we do not understand that everything in this natural world changes and cannot be slowed, halted, or possessed. The only thing we can hold on to is the knowledge of the True Self. Once upon a time there was a great queen. Graced by realizing the eternal truth that ultimately she could not possess anything, she decided to free all her possessions. She issued a proclamation to the...

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Nourish Your Senses: Neck & Shoulder Movements

Nourish Your Senses: Neck & Shoulder Movements

by Nischala Joy Devi. August 20, 2014. So many of us spend much of the day hunched over a computer or a tablet or a smartphone. Our neck and shoulders become tense, tight and even painful. Our senses and our wits become dull. Take time, several times a day, to step away from your work or your online play. Stretch. Breathe in deeply. Move. Of course, it’s wonderful if you have the time and space to do a few asanas, yoga poses, but you might...

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