Sankalpa is similar to the idea of intention, but we hold it gently and in a sweeter way. The concept itself is paradoxical – there is a determination to achieve, yet with an ease about doing so. It is fierce and fluid at the same time. As you sit down to begin your yoga, consider your Sankalpa and return to it
As we near the official beginning of summer, many of us are enjoying warmer and warmer days. Now you can shake off some of the heat with this delicious and cooling mint tea. Simply steep a couple handfuls of fresh mint in boiling water. Let steep for 10-15 minutes and then add cool water. Chill for at least one hour.
–Faith in Mind– Xin Xin Ming 信心銘 By Seng Can 僧璨 (550ce). The Third Patriarch of Zen after Bodhidharma, and the Thirteenth Patriarch after Siddhartha Gautama Buddha. Opening verses of the poem…. The great way is not difficult for those who have no preferences. When love and hate are both absent everything becomes clear and undisguised. Make the smallest distinction
The Buddhist mantra, Om Mani Padme Hum literally means, “Praise to the Jewel in the Lotus.” Many of you may have heard it or even been touched by chanting it. I’m so struck by the transformation and purification it signifies the deity associated with it is tattooed on my body. Sturdy roots sink down through the murky, deep bottom of
Opening and finding spaciousness in the body, mind, and spirit, we have the best chance of finding balance, and optimizing our ability to heal. When we ask of ourselves to identify all of the small and large ways that we are constricted and contracted (stressors) in everyday life and to try to shift this habit, to open wide to healing
~Healthy & Graceful Aging~ Lifestyle does matter when it comes to health — strong family connections, nutrient-dense food, and physical activity are the keys to longevity in the “Blue Zones,” the geographic locations that most centenarians call home. The Nourishing Life method has its roots in the ancient Chinese science of wellness, longevity, and potency called Yang Sheng, which literally
The thyroid is a gland located in the lower neck that secretes hormones through the circulatory system to maintain harmony among all organs in the body. A part of the endocrine system, the thyroid controls your metabolism, regulates your body temperature, maintains energy levels, ensures healthy menstruation, and plays a key role in brain and nervous system development. During pregnancy, thyroid hormone controls fetal
The Kidneys and Reproductive Vigor – It is very common to be in some ways deficient (for example: tired and needing a lot of sleep, mostly cold, and sluggish and heavy feeling) and in other ways excessive (breast pain, knee and back pain, pain with menses, excessive emotionality). Often times, the two seemingly opposing issues are actually related. This internal