December 8, 2019

If you’re interested in yoga philosophy, a good place to start learning about its ancient origins is a text known as the Yoga Sutras, written more than 2000 years ago by the sage Patanjali.

The Sutras give you an insightful understanding of human consciousness and our relationship with the cosmos, combined with techniques for gaining control over your consciousness (largely through meditation). In this way the Sutras combine ps...

December 7, 2019

India’s philosophical traditions include an ethical framework based on the concept of Rta, which was formulated more than 5000 years ago in ancient texts known as the Vedas. Translated as “the right way”, Rta is often interpreted as “the cosmic order”. It conveys the idea of aligning oneself with the laws of nature – its cycles, patterns of growth and other universal principles.

Around the beginning of the Common Era texts were...

December 7, 2019

Yoga was traditionally practised in the forests of India, under the shade of trees that were revered as symbols of tolerance and protection. Here the sages of ancient times taught their students, who absorbed not only their teacher’s words but also the peace and beauty of their environment.

So the natural world is very much at the heart of yoga’s ancient roots. We can see this in the asanas named after animals that the yogis so...

August 27, 2019

Hinduism, the main religion practised in India, encourages appreciation of the natural world and reverence for all forms of life. The cow is particularly sacred to Hindus, most of whom are vegetarians. For this reason the slaughter of cows is illegal in most Indian states.                  

The cow is a maternal symbol in India because it provides more sustenance for a fami...

May 19, 2019

Thousands of years ago the rishis (sages) of India began to express their sense of unity with the natural world through their poetic hymns to nature deities such as Surya (sun), Agni (fire) and Vayu (wind). These hymns were later compiled into the sacred texts of Hinduism that became known as the Vedas. They are the outpourings of the early Indian spirituality from which yoga and meditation evolved.

As well as feeling a mystica...

February 7, 2019

The Sanskrit word for philosophy is darsan, which means vision, and yoga philosophy offers us a vision or view of life that’s full of inspiration, yet very straightforward, practical and applicable to daily life. Although most people are aware of yoga in terms of its popular physical practices (hatha yoga), it’s not yet widely known that the yogic path is primarily spiritual and philosophical in nature.

Yoga was originally inte...

February 5, 2019

We’re all born with creative instincts and abilities. Perhaps there’s a part of you that’s dying to write a book, compose a song, paint a picture or become involved in other creative activities. Alternatively you may have a creative profession or hobby, but often experience the dreaded block where ideas seem to dry up just when you need them the most.  

If either of these scenarios applies to you, the big question is: how...

February 4, 2019

Let’s say your intuition leads you into new territory but later you wonder if you made the right decision. What can you do to clarify whether or not you’re on the right track?

Firstly you can reflect on the moment you made the decision to follow your current path. Were you feeling expansive, energised and calmly confident (a sign that intuition was involved)? Or maybe it was a moment when you felt it was something you should do...

January 30, 2019

Now that we’re at the end of January, it's probably a good time to reflect on your New Year’s resolutions. Perhaps you’ve had some intuitive insights that confirm whether or not you’re on the right path with your resolutions. Or maybe you feel a bit confused about it all.

Yesterday I became aware that some of my New Year’s resolutions have really gained momentum throughout January   while others haven’t progressed at all.

I...

December 9, 2018

Many of us are aware that the social, political, biological and economic systems of the world are crumbling… gradually collapsing under the weight of widespread self-interest and cruelty. Sometimes it’s hard to figure out how we can make a difference, how we can stop the relentless downwards spiral that could eventually destroy our earth.

The other day I came across some lines in Marianne Williamson’s book A Return to Love (p....

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