Entries by Devi Martinez

12 Illuminating Sanskrit Words for Christmas Yoga Meditations

by Rowan Lommel, yogini and contributing writer visit www.yogapotentials.com for more by Rowan Used with Permission The following 12 Sanskrit words can help illuminate your holiday yoga practice and meditations. Yoga Sutra I.36 viśokā vā jyotiṣmatī “We can be free of suffering by paying attention to the light within.” As we move now toward the shortest day […]

Karma Christmas

In their drawing board versions, the winter holidays were designed to focus attention on our deepest emotions and spiritual feelings. But in the current swirl of commercial and social pressures, it’s easy to forget all that meaningfulness and just bull through the season, head down and teeth gritted, until it’s done. That is, unless you […]

Christmas Yoga for Kids

The holiday festive season is almost here! While the holiday season is super exciting, it can also mean stress and anxiety for both adults and children. This time of year often gets our minds racing with all the things on our to-do lists. There is usually a lot to organize to get our families together […]

Winter Meditation

    by Padma Shyam, contributing writer and Canadian yogi visit www.padmayoga.ca for more by Padma Used with Permission     Years ago, when I lived in the Himalayas, there was absolutely nothing to do in the wintertime. The days were bitterly cold and the nights were eerily quiet. Yet in this extreme environment, there was […]

GRATEFUL: A Love Song to the World

Musicians Nimo Patel and Daniel Nahmod brought together dozens of people from around the world to create this beautiful, heart-opening melody. Inspired by the 21-Day Gratitude Challenge, the song is a celebration of our spirit and all that is a blessing in life. For the 21 Days, over 11,000 participants from 118 countries learned that […]

Ayurvedic Conscious Eating Habits

Through the years of practice in our Northern California Ayurveda Clinic, we have recognized that eating in a conscious manner is integral to achieve a level of optimum health. A properly functioning digestive system is crucial to having a healthy body. Since every single cell within our bodies is made up of the food which […]

The Essence of Gratitude

by Swami Kriyananda First published in Clarity Magazine on December 1, 2005 Used with Permission     In observing people I’ve noticed that the capacity to be grateful is a mark of spiritual refinement. I don’t mean the capacity to express gratitude but to feel it. Many people express gratitude outwardly, but the real expression […]

Meditation Increases Our Sense of Connectedness

Compassion/Loving Kindness meditation, sometimes called Metta, is a compassion-based meditation that has been shown to enhance brain areas associated with mental processing and empathy. It also increases one’s sense of social connectedness. According to a study published in the US National Library of Medicine, mindfulness-based meditation interventions have become increasingly popular in contemporary psychology. Other […]