5 Ways To Thrive During Mercury Retrograde

by Haridev Clarke

Expect to see numerous articles in your Facebook and Twitter feeds during the next few weeks about the perils, frustrations and annoyances of mercury retrograde. This is not one of those articles.
 
As a space policy wonk and reluctant astrology reader, I am likely the last person you would expect to write about mercury retrograde. But I am writing this as a Kundalini yoga teacher, recognizing how holding stress in our current time can impact our whole selves.
 
What is mercury retrograde? Japa Kaur, the amazing weekly Spirit Voyage astrologer, describes it best:

“The planet of the mind appears to be moving backward in the sky. As a result, it feels as if our own minds are moving backward as well! We lose our car keys, drop our phone, addresses and directions get confused, traffic is muddled, and interpersonal communication is unclear. This is not a time to buy anything with mechanical or electrical parts, and furthermore, you should...

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Battling The Yoga Blues? What To Do When Yoga Makes You Sad

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by Liz McCullom

When the experience of coming face to face with your own mental garbage hits you, it can be really uncomfortable.  In my case, I came back from the most recent Sat Nam Fest in a really difficult head space. Where previous festivals left me feeling energized and excited, this time I was feeling so low that the only thing I wanted to do was sleep.  My initial happiness at being reunited with my sweet husband and 3 kitties gave way to a malaise so oppressive that I could barely work.  I knew things were getting extreme when my husband, who lives with chronic depression, told me he was getting concerned.  So what can you do when the yoga blues strike? 

The first thing to keep in mind is that yoga is not actually making you sad.  The kriyas and meditations of Kundalini yoga (and any other type of yoga, really) are transformative tools.  When we become aware of the things in our subconscious minds that are holding us...

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Are You Tired? Try Yoga Nidra

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by Julie Eisenburg

Yoga Nidra, or yogic sleep, is a deeply relaxing meditative practice that rejuvenates the body and mind. Yoga Nidra is sometimes called “sleep with awareness” because we go into a place of total relaxation without actually falling asleep.  For this reason, Yoga Nidra can be very challenging. However, by using guided imagery or systematically relaxing each part of the body, we can slip into that meditative bliss that Yoga Nidra brings to us without falling into a deep, unconscious sleep.

Millions of people suffer from a severe lack of sleep or disrupted sleep.  At one time or another, we all struggle to fall asleep at night, or we wake up at 4 AM and can’t fall asleep again. For many of us, there simply aren’t enough hours in the day to find time for the recommended 7 to 8 hours of sleep, so we stay up too late trying to fit everything into our day.  If you’re someone who needs closer to 9 hours of sleep, then the...

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All About Pranayama

We all breathe.  If we don’t, we die.  That’s pretty simple.  And yet, breathing is much more than just that.  Pattern, frequency, depth… all of these contribute to our body’s biorhythms.  We aren’t conscious of breathing most of the time…and therein lies the difference between breathing and pranayama.  Pranayam (or pranayama) is the science of breathing consciously, controlling the movement of prana (life force) through the use of specific techniques.  Breathing gives us life; pranayam gives us quality of life.

Yogis are aware of the two-sided nature of things: physical and non-physical.  In breathing, we take in air, but also prana.  The seen and the unseen.  Hence, the science of breathing is called pranayam.

What is “Natural” Breathing?

Correct, simple, natural breathing should look like this:

Breathe in and the navel point moves out.  Breathe out and the navel point moves...

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5 Ways To Clear The Third Chakra

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by Lakshmi Light


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Power. Self-esteem. Gut instincts. Action. Heat. These words all pertain to the third chakra, which is located below the diaphragm in the solar plexus. The third chakra is known as the Power Center and physically governs digestion.

Here are five ways to clear the third chakra:

1) Kundalini Yoga for the Third Chakra

Sufi grinds bring space and balance to the third chakra and aid digestion. Simply sit cross-legged on your yoga mat or sheep skin.  Hold onto your knees and begin to rotate the navel in clockwise circles for 1-3 minutes. Then switch directions for 1-3 minutes.  Exaggerate the circles as much as you can by stretching the body as far as feels comfortable in each direction. Then you will feel the full effect of this solar plexus exercise.

2) Pranayama: Breath of Fire

One of the most simple, quick, and empowering yoga techniques I know is Breath of Fire. Even 30 seconds to a minute of rapid breathing through the nose gathers...

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In Support Of Women - Yogi Bhajan's Sexual Abuse

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You may or may not have already heard some news of sexual abuse allegations against Yogi Bhajan - the man who taught Kundalini Yoga -first in the United States, and then around the world. I would like to take this opportunity to share my thoughts & feelings about this, along with the actions that Nesoteric is taking as a result of the investigation that is currently ongoing. 

First and foremost, as a woman, a business owner, and someone who has experienced sexual abuse, I always have, and always will, believe women. I stand in solidarity with any woman who is brave enough to share the truth. It is not an easy thing to announce to the world, and I am in awe of all of the courageous survivors who are shining the light on the extreme darkness that they have been subjected to.

It is because of these women that true healing can begin to take place. It will not be an easy journey - but they are setting so many people free because they are brave enough to speak truth. It...

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5 Tips to Keep Calm and Carry On During Crisis

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by Dr. Ramdesh

5 Tips to Keep Calm and Carry On During Crisis (Tongue Firmly in Cheek)

I admit it.  I’m inspired by this poster from Britain’s World War II anti-cowering campaign.  “Keep Calm and Carry On” is like a message from my ancestral homeland.  I’d like to think I have some of this steely nerve, although it does require presence of mind for me to engage it.  This last week my nerves were put to the test.  While on my “Road to Sat Nam Fest” tour through the Southwest, my car was broken into and my luggage was stolen.  They did leave my new BPA-free sippy cup from Whole Foods, luckily, sitting right in the cup holder.  (It has zebras on it, people!  What’s not to love?)  I’ve been able to make quick peace with what happened.  I can only attribute this to the practice of Kundalini yoga, mindfulness, and Grace. And a little bit of humor thrown in.

Here are 5...

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5 Quick Yogic Techniques to Help You Get Over That Afternoon Slump

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by Cate Bailey

My energy tends to wane around 4pm everyday, and I know I’m not alone in this. I’ve figured out that just as I need to eat several times a day to stay energized, I need to move and do yoga throughout the day to maintain my energy. If I don’t want to yawn as I greet my children coming home from school, then I need some afternoon asana. The problem is time. There’s always so much to do — laundry to fold, food to prepare, dishes to wash, appointments to be made, bills to be paid, blogs to write — that self-care doesn’t feel like a priority. But, I have to remind myself, it is a priority! And it doesn’t have to take a lot of time. You can transform how you feel in just 3 minutes. Here are 5 quick Kundalini techniques to help you get over that afternoon slump. Choose one and feel the difference for the rest of your day!

1. Energy Boost Breath – This breath is a great blast of energy for when you’re really,...

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5 Kundalini Yoga Poses for Boosting Your Energy

energy practice yoga Jul 10, 2020

by Cate Bailey

When we’re tired, overcome with a feeling of heaviness and lethargy, we often reach for a cup of coffee or a piece of chocolate — a pick me up. But the truth is, you don’t need to “borrow” energy. Instead, you can use yogic techniques to rejuvenate. By increasing circulation and stimulating the chakras, you can invigorate yourself without the calories. Here are 5 Kundalini Yoga poses for boosting your energy. Give them a try!

1. Stretch Pose is a fantastic Kundalini yoga pose that will leave you feeling transformed after just one minute of practice. A workout for the abdominal muscles, stretch pose activates the navel chakra. Begin by lying on your back and lifting the legs six inches off the floor. Then, raise your head off the mat. Keeping your eyes open, look straight at your toes and perform breath of fire for one minute. Be sure to take a few moments lying on your back afterward to experience the...

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12 Scientifically Proven Ways Yoga & Meditation Help Nourish The Body, Brain, and Spirit

This is Your Brain on Yoga:

12 Scientifically Proven Ways Yoga & Meditation Help Nourish The Body, Brain, and Spirit

An easy, low cost, natural practice can help boost brain power and make us healthier and more spiritually attuned as we age. It can also bring happiness, improve our quality of life, and reduce some of the staggering health costs of our time.

Curious what that practice is?  

For the past 20 years, the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation (ARPF) has organized, helped design, and funded innovative research on a simple 12-minute singing yoga meditation called Kirtan Kriya. This work has specifically focused on reducing risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease and the enhancement of total brain fitness. To determine the benefits, these studies included well-recognized methods to measure aspects of brain health and brain scans such as SPECT and fMRI, as well as sophisticated memory and blood tests.

What are the results so far? What are the...

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