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The Ego vs The Self

Like two golden birds perched on the selfsame tree,
Intimate friends, the ego and the Self dwell in the same body. The former eats
The sweet and sour fruits of the tree of life
While the latter looks on in detachment. (Mundaka Upanishad)

Upanishads - The City of Brahman

The City of Brahman

"In the city of Brahman is a secret dwelling, the lotus of the heart. Within this dwelling is a space, and within that space is the fulfillment of our desires. What is within that space should be longed for and realized."

Gayatri Mantra

The Gayatri Mantra
Om Bhuh Bhuvassuvah
Om Tat Saviturvarenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi
Dhiyo Yo Nah Prachodayat. (Rig Veda)
A Very Brief Translation from the Sanskrit:  May there be peace on mortal, immortal, and divine planes.
I meditate upon the most brilliant splendor of the Sun God.
May he stimulate our intellect (so that we are inspired to take the right action at the right time).

The Complete Version of the Gayatri Mantra

Om Bhuh
Om Bhuvaha
Om Swaha
Om Maha
Om Janaha
Om Tapaha
Om Satyam
Om Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi
Dhiyo Yonaha Prachodayat

The Gayatri Mantra is really a universal mantra that is extremely popular and powerful as it is about harmony and the highest spiritual attainment for all of existence. 

More detailed translation from the Sanskrit:

Om, the symbol of Cosmic vibration which is the sound of creation is chanted before each line to focus our spiritual intention and awareness on each of the spiritual planes of existence with respect. We focus on the eyebrow centre when…

Sankalpa - Change Your Life

Your sankalpa is a word or phrase that you choose yourself that reflects your most important intention in life, (what gives you your sense of purpose). We silently repeat our own individual sankalpa 3 times during Yoga Nidra (systematic yogic relaxation). Repeating this whilst in a relaxed state (when we are most receptive), and with the guidance of an experienced teacher can strengthen our will power and brings us the energy to pursue our intentions in a non - harming way, with respect for others and at a comfortable pace. (Remember, that the first natural law of Yoga is non -violence, or ahimsa, and that every posture must be firm but relaxed. We not only apply this in the physical yoga postures, but take this into whatever we do, so we can see the relaxing and strengthening benefits of yoga in our daily lives).

You find your sankalpa by observing sensations, thoughts and feelings during your practice. If you dont find it on the first lesson, don't worry! The sankalpa can concer…

Yoga for your Personality

Yoga is a means to find health, happiness, healing, transformation, and peace. This ancient discipline with the philosophy of non violence at it's core, and its clear understanding of nature, brings art into science and science to spirituality. It is a pursuit that benefits both the individual and society. Yoga can be practiced in a way that suits the personality of the individual and is able to bring to each person what they need at that point in time. I have listed the main paths to yoga. Please note that these paths overlap and are not mutually exclusive. We can practice them all if we want to!
- Hatha Yoga- postures, breathing, cleansing (kriyas) & meditation. The yoga for the active person or for those who need to improve their health. Hatha Yoga can be taught in different styles such as Classical Hatha, Ashtanga, Iyengar Yoga and Yoga Therapy, and these all exist to suit the needs and personality of different yoga students and teachers.
- Raja Yoga- meditation - to be prac…

Yoga Safety

Please read the below tips to ensure a fruitful Yoga practice!

· If you have any medical conditions, are pregnant, or have injuries, or knee, back, or hip problems, tell your teacher.
· Wear loose, comfortable clothes that allow unrestricted movement.
· Yoga is about Ahimsa, non-violence to any living being, including yourself, and is about the union of the body and mind, so be gentle, be mindful and focus on your breath throughout. If you experience pain or discomfort, stop and let the teacher know.
· The knees, lower back and neck are 3 of the most vulnerable areas of the body. Please ensure you are particularly mindful of any pain in these areas to prevent injury.

· Be aware of your alignment in each posture to prevent joint injuries. · Use a non-slip yoga mat. This will also protect your knees and elbows.

· Be warm enough – you may need a blanket to cover you or socks during relaxation.
· Practice on an empty stomach but not if too hungry or tired. Do not eat a heavy meal within 2-3…