Meditate With Your Breath

by Nischala Joy Devi.April 2, 2013. Our own breath provides a beautiful meditation. When we observe the breath, we begin to join the outer world with the inner world. As the waves gently come onto the earth and return to the sea, so our breath enters the body and then...

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Chakras and Colors

by Nischala Joy Devi. March 26, 2013. Of the many books and theories of chakras, very few agree on the chakras' characteristics. While most agree that they do exist in the subtle, it's from each individual's own vibrational field and from where we perceive that we...

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Keep Your Mind Calm, Your Heart Open

by Nischala Joy Devi. March 19, 2013. There is a wonderful practice in yoga that is a simple and direct way to keep our minds calm and our hearts open. It is called pratipaksha bhavana. It means to make an unpleasant or unwanted thought or attitude into the opposite....

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Women’s Natural Gift: The Heart of Yoga

by Nischala Joy Devi.March 14, 2013. Our story as women is filled with seers, healers, and visionaries who formed an integral part of society. But most of them were not scholars or intellectuals; they were mostly unassuming people, living ordinary lives while...

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Are Your Chakras Really Closed?

by Nischala Joy Devi. March 5, 2013. Can we really survive if our energy source is cut off? It seems unlikely. Yet many people talk about a chakra being closed. Usually this means that the energy from that whirling vortex is in a tamasic (dull, lazy) state and moving...

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Heaven & Earth Chakras

by Nischala Joy Devi. February 26, 2013 When people refer to the seven chakras, they usually start from the base chakra (Muladhara) and move up. The Muladhara is typically called the first chakra. This way of approaching the chakras is based on the premise that we are...

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Yoga’s Secret Power

by Nischala Joy Devi. February 19, 2013. For growing numbers of harried Americans, a single step into a yoga class begins a transformative journey into the vast world that unites body, mind, and spirit. The physical part of yoga practice has become a gateway to the...

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Have You Seen Your Chakras?

by Nischala Joy Devi. February 12, 2013. Have you ever seen your own chakras? Most of us, at least in our everyday lives, are not aware that we are seeing chakras, seeing energies. We give them unusual names because we think they are extraordinary things to see. In...

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Learning to Play the Chakras

by Nischala Joy Devi. February 5, 2013. A worn and abandoned violin lay on the table at a local auction. The humiliation of being given the price tag of $50.00 seemed to make it even less attractive. The auctioneer tried to encourage the bidding to start. "Who will...

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Compassion is Yoga

By Nischala Joy Devi.Compassion is the sacred energy that flows through the heart chakra to each and every living thing in the universe. When accessed it allows us to feel a sense of onesness with all. As yoga students and teachers, compassion blossoms as our inner...

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