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Meaning of Namaste

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All I wanted was a damn good chutney. About 12 years ago, I double-parked and ran into an Indian food restaurant located in a strip mall in my hometown. I’d had an incredibly long day at work and was craving comfort food and my sofa. When I blazed through the door, I was greeted by a man who stood about the height of my chin. He was the host, the cook, the waiter, and, as I quickly learned, he was also the owner.

He met my cyclone of an entry with a steady kind gaze, and then simply pressed his palms together at his heart, and with a slight reverent bow, said “Namaste.” I had heard the word before, of …

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Hanuman: Myth, Mantra and Asana

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Hanuman was born on the wind and a prayer. His father was Kesari, a sort of meditating gladiator monkey-like humanoid, called in Sanskrit, a “vanara”. His mother, Anjana, held the essence of her name: “anj” in Sanskrit means reverence.

Anjana and Kesari really wanted a kid, and prayed to Lord Shiva for the blessing of conceiving a son. Shiva, pleased by their devotion and prayers, sent Vayu, the god of wind, to carry Shiva’s essence to fulfill their wishes, perhaps something like a sacred stork.

Turns out that Vayu delivered a pretty gifted kid. Like his gladiator father and like many of our modern day mixed martial art competitors, Hanuman had a plethora of skills and talents. He wrestled demons, …

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How to Grieve: The Way You Love

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Every human being on the face of the earth has lost something. A loved one, a pet, a job, their youthful innocence, their car keys. And, for the deeper losses, we Grieve. In fact grief is as much a part of life as love is.

DABDA: STOP ME IF YOU’VE HEARD THIS ONE
– See more at: http://www.gaia.com/article/how-to-grieve

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What is Kundalini Yoga? Gaia.com article

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There aren’t many things that retain their full potency when they are blended together. Ok, maybe Pert Shampoo and Conditioner. Maybe Simon and Garfunkel. Maybe Cronuts, but that’s about it. In yoga, Kundalini is the exception.

Kundalini Yoga is a blend of Bhakti Yoga (the yogic practice of devotion and chanting), Raja Yoga (the practice of mediation/mental and physical control) and Shakti Yoga, (for the expression of power and energy).

– See more at: http://www.gaia.com/article/what-is-kundalini-yoga

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Channeling Your Child: A Survival Guide for Yoga Moms

When I teach Yoga, I often lead with, “Look! We all know we’re supposed to keep our minds and eyes on our own mat. But the truth is, we’re always eyeballing those around us. So let’s take a good look around and give each other the ‘once over’ so we can get our yoga on.”

The moms I know get constant practice at avoiding comparing when it comes to preserving their sanity. Especially when their children are mid-meltdown in public. During those challenging moments, moms don’t need a sixth sense to know that the young couple on a blind date two tables over is silently judging. And, of course, there’s the all-pervading guilt about misbehaving offspring that trails behind like …

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In the Flow, in Elevation Outdoors

http://www.elevationoutdoors.com/in-the-flow/19187559003_d9bb8cfd59_o

Yoga on a stand-up paddleboard may sound intimidating, but get out on the water and you will find it easier than imagined. Here are seven reasons why you should give it a try.

One of the first things I learned about yoga was how vital it is to feel the ground beneath your feet. So the first time I attempted a downward facing dog pose while teetering precariously on a stand-up paddleboard (SUP), I was pretty sure I’d lost my mind.

Why the heck would someone practice yoga on the water? Well, let me tell you exactly why:

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