massage and meditation

Massage & Meditation: How These Two Things Can Totally Transform Your Life

You’re probably wondering why we are talking about two very different things in the same post. While massage and meditation are indeed different, they can also go hand in hand. Allow me to elaborate!
What is the purpose of massage?

If you’re like most people, you go for a massage because you’re looking to improve how you physically feel. Some people have pain, others have mobility issues, while some just want their body to feel relaxed. Whatever the reason may be, you massage to promote physical well-being!

What about meditation, why do we meditate and what’s the purpose?

Just like there are several different massage techniques, there are also many ways to meditate.
I think we can all agree that we meditate to promote mental/psychological well-being!
Personally, I meditate to declutter all the trash (AKA thoughts) in my mind. Continue reading

facts about mindfulness

5 Facts About Mindfulness

Much like yoga, mindfulness has become increasingly popular in the West over recent decades, and is now promoted by doctors, celebrities, and everyone in between. But it still can feel foreign and esoteric, and many people hold misconceptions about mindfulness or just don’t get what it’s all about. These five facts about mindfulness should help clear up some of the confusion. Continue reading

Love without Attachment, Live without Fear

Love without Attachment, Live without Fear

A woman says to her husband, a rabbi, “While you were away, a friend of ours visited us and left two jewels of incalculable value here for me to look after. They’re really lovely jewels! I’ve never seen anything so beautiful before. He has since come to claim them back, and I don’t want to return them. I’ve grown too fond of them. What should I do?”

The rabbi responds firmly, “No one can lose something he or she has not possessed. Keeping those jewels would be tantamount to stealing them. We will give them back…”

She replies, “In fact, they already have been. The two precious jewels were our sons. God entrusted them to our care, and while you were away, he came to fetch them back. They have gone.”

 “The Two Jewels”, Like the Flowing River, Paulo Coelho

 

Attachment to Things

When we talk about attachment, we often discuss it in the context of material possessions. We all know money can’t buy happiness, and we’re aware that there will never come a day when an external object such as a big house or expensive car will make us feel complete, so attaching ourselves and our happiness to these things or wanting them is useless, even dangerous. You can’t buy happiness, right? Continue reading

how to stay healthy during the holiday season

5 tips on how to stay healthy during the holiday season

1. Eat slowly and chew your food well

Digestion begins in the mouth. Chewing your food well and eating slowly helps to release enzymes in your mouth which begin the breakdown of food nutrients.

Spend a minimum of 20 seconds for each bite (time it if you need to). Chew your food until it becomes liquid and there is nothing solid left in the mouth.

It takes up 20 minutes for your brain and stomach to register feelings of fullness. Therefore, through slow eating, you can avoid overeating.

Stay healthy over the holiday season. Cherish each mouthful, and be thankful for the food you have on your plate.  Especially around this time of the year when we are surrounded by friends and family, take a moment to be grateful for everything and everyone in your life. Be mindful of the food you are eating and enjoy each bite like it’s the last. It’s beneficial to practice this not only around the holiday season but of course throughout the whole year. Continue reading

inspirational yoga quotes

ॐ 30 Inspirational Yoga Quotes ॐ

  1. “True yoga is not about the shape of your body, but the shape of your life. Yoga is not to be performed; yoga is to be lived. Yoga doesn’t care about what you have been; yoga cares about the person you are becoming. Yoga is designed for a vast and profound purpose, and for it to be truly called yoga, its essence must be embodied.” – Aadil Palkhivala
  2. “Change is not only inevitable, but always happening. When you truly embrace this concept of change being constant, the only thing left to do is grow, detach, venture inwards, touch the spirit and find your source -the one responsible for keeping you grounded through the ever-changing seasons of life.” – Julie Weiland
  3.  “Don’t move the way fear makes you move. Move the way love makes you move. Move the way joy makes you move.” – Osho
  4. “Yoga is not a work-out, it is a work-in. And this is the point of spiritual practice; to make us teachable; to open up our hearts and focus our awareness so that we can know what we already know and be who we already are.” -Rolf Gates
  5. “Undisturbed calmness of mind is attained by cultivating friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous, and indifference toward the wicked.”
    -Patañjali
  6. “The true miracle lies in our eagerness to allow, appreciate, and honor the uniqueness, and freedom of each sentient being to sing the song of their heart.”
    – Amit Ray
  7. “Yoga practice can make us more and more sensitive to subtler and subtler sensations in the body. Paying attention to and staying with finer and finer sensations within the body is one of the surest ways to steady the wandering mind.”
    -Ravi Ravindra, The Wisdom of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras: A New Translation and Guide by Ravi Ravindra
  8. “The five points of yama, together with the five points of niyama, remind us of the Ten Commandments of the Christtian and Jewish faiths, as well as of the ten virtues of Buddhism. In fact, there is no religion without these moral or ethical codes. All spiritual life should be based on these things. They are the foundation stones without which we can never build anything lasting. ”
    -Swami Satchidananda
  9. “Don’t wait for a better world. Start now to create a world of harmony and peace. It is up to you, and it always has been. You may even find the solution at the end of your fork.”
    – Sharon Gannon,Yoga and Vegetarianism: The Path to Greater Health and Happiness
  10. “Yoga does not start or end on your mat, but is present in every breath you take.”
    -Evita Ochel
  11. “The purpose of Hatha Yoga is to establish a body that is less susceptible to outside influences – a stable platform to build on.”
    -Sadghuru
  12. “Do your practice and all is coming.” -Sri Pattabhi Jois
  13. “Have only love in your heart for others. The more you see the good in them, the more you will establish good in yourself.” -Paramahansa Yogananda, author of Autobiography of a Yogi
  14. “The body is your temple. Keep it pure and clean for the soul to reside in.” -Geeta Iyengar, daughter of B. K. S
  15. “The attitude of gratitude is the highest yoga.”-Yogi Bhajan, Guru of Kundalini Yoga
  16. “Put you heart, mind, intellect, and soul even into your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.”-Swami Sivananda, founder of Sivananda Yoga
  17. “Yoga is the perfect opportunity to be curious about who you are.” –  Jason Crandell,
    Yoga Teacher
  18. “The path of yoga is the path of self-discovery. As our self-image disintegrates, we contact our true self. Life becomes a great joy.” – Amrit Desai, Yoga Teacher
  19. “Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.”-B.K.S. Iyengar, Yoga Master
  20. “Yoga takes us to the present moment, the only place where life exists.”-Anonymous
  21. “You cannot hold a torch to light another’s path without brightening your own.”  – Rumi
  22. “Breath is life.”Krishnamacharya
  23. “A flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it. It just blooms.” -Zen Shin
  24. “Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.” – The Bhagavad Gita
  25. “Peace comes from within, do not seek it without.” – Buddha
  26. “As the mind, so the man; bondage or liberation are in your own mind.” – Sanskrit saying
  27. “The strength of a tree lies in its ability to bend.” – Zen
  28. “Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” – Lao Tsu
  29. “The success of Yoga does not lie in the ability to perform postures but in how it positively changes the way we live our life and our relationships.” – T.K.V. Desikachar
  30. “Yoga is like music: the rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind and the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life.” – B.K.S. Iyengar