By: Christina Sarich
Many people don’t realize it, but the founder of Pilates, Joseph Pilates, was a big supporter of meditation and based most of his postures on yoga, Martha Graham dance techniques, and a history of marital arts training. The humble beginnings of Pilates are indeed fascinating. He began his system during World War I, when he was interned in a camp. He rigged springs to hospital beds where Read More
“The mind, deluded by the appearance of samsara, sees the faults of others with the senses. It is darkened by the prison of samsara; It is made intolerable by the fire of samsara; It is caught in the spider web of samsara; It is stuck in samsara as the bee is in nectar. . .” ~ Naropa
In less commonly discussed yogic practices, there is an ancient art for dealing with death. This, the quintessentially ig Read More
This article was originally featured at Into Mountains Over Streams.
Looking at Qi vs Prana
It is possible that each of these subtle energies are quite similar but some practitioners disagree. Qi, Chi, or Prana are not the only names of the fine, rather than gross, life force energies, however. It is also called kundalini energy, as well as Wilheim Reich’s orgone energy, the Egyptian’s cobra, as a symbol of Read More
In the yogic lifestyle we are often persuaded to go within. There are countless stories of mystics and holy men, sages and sadhus who retreat to Himalayan caves or deep forests, cloud-ensconced temples, or nooks in a receding crevasse to contemplate their place in the Universe. Understandably they were looking for answers that the world couldn’t provide them, and we are in no less a crazy world than 5000 year Read More
“Work in the invisible world at least
as hard as you do in the visible.”
Inaction is not acceptable anymore in a world that poisons our food, pollutes our land, air, and water and commits atrocities against, man, animal and nature that would be too horrid even to put in the most garish and bloodied film. But that’s just it. What we are looking at is the egoic conflagration of a consciousness b Read More
Religions aside, there are other reasons for vegetarianism. It has been a hotly contested fact, but many people attest that producing meat in quantities, which are high enough to feed western consumption rates is harmful to the environment.
“. . . Ancient human history, as recorded by archeological findings, points to the very earliest vegetarianism. Prior to the industrial revolution, very little, if any mea Read More