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September 20, 2017
Gyan Mudra is one of the most familiar hasta mudras (hand gestures). Many of the great spiritual masters are depicted sitting in meditation with their hands in Gyan Mudra with the thumb and index finger brought together in gentle contact. It is …

September 15, 2017
“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it”- Robert Sawn Clean-up and Recycle SA Week, an annual initiative by the local plastics industry, supported and endorsed by the various packaging streams and retailers, …

September 13, 2017
“When you practice yoga, you are systematically raising the ushna(flow of prana) in the body. If you drink cold water, the ushna will rapidly fall, and this will cause various other reactions. You will become more susceptible to allergic conditions, …

September 8, 2017
“When you realise that behind all the worry, complaint and disapproval that goes on in your mind, the sun is always coming up in the morning, moving across the sky, and going down in the evening. The birds are always …

September 6, 2017
Ad Kerkhof is a Dutch clinical psychologist who has worked in the field of suicide prevention for 30 years. He has observed that before attempting suicide people often experience a period of extreme rumination about the future. They sometimes reported …

September 1, 2017
Sympathies to family, friends and colleagues of Mary Seegers who passed away on the 28th August 2017.  She was a long time Yogini, past Treasurer and Honorary Member of the Yoga Teachers’ Fellowship. Mary’s Memorial Service will be held on …

August 31, 2017
Spring clean and fine tune your Chakra system by invoking the healing colours of nature that burst forth with the arrival of Spring. RED: The Base Chakra (Muladhara) The first chakra is activated by a clear, bright shade of red. …

August 25, 2017
Practicing yoga asana is one way to keep ourselves nimble, and not just in our daily movements through space. Many of yoga’s asanas also benefit the vital internal systems that operate 24/7 to keep us alive. Virasana (Hero’s Pose) resides …

August 23, 2017
“You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You, yourself, as much as anybody in the universe, …

August 18, 2017
Today I’m flying low and I’m not saying a word. I’m letting all the voodoos of ambition sleep. The world goes on as it must, the bees in the garden rumbling a little, the fish leaping, the gnats getting eaten. …

August 16, 2017
“ You may believe that you are responsible for what you do, but not for what you think. The truth is that you are responsible for what you think, because it is only at this level that you can exercise choice. …

August 11, 2017
“The world is within you, not you in the world. As you move along the path of awareness, you will discover the universal Self, who is you and infinitely more. Your personal body is a part in which the whole …

August 11, 2017
Amethyst is a meditative and calming stone which works in the emotional, spiritual, and physical planes to promote calm, balance, and peace. It is also used to eliminate impatience.  Amethyst is also excellent for meditation and lucid dreaming. It is …

August 4, 2017
​”Come be lulled by the sounds, touched by the vibrations and awakened into the silence. “ August Sound Journeys by Jason: Orange Grove –  Saturday 12th and Sunday 20th. 75 13th Sreet, between 8th and 9th Avenues,Cost: R100 or donation. …

July 26, 2017
“Fear is a universal experience. Even the smallest insect feels it. We wade in the tidal pools and put our finger near the soft, open bodies of sea anemones and they close up. Everything spontaneously does that. It’s not a …

July 21, 2017
There are many ways to calm a negative energy without suppressing or fighting it.  You recognize it, you smile to it, you invite something nicer to come and replace it; you read some inspiring words, you listen to a beautiful …

July 19, 2017
“In this interconnected universe, every improvement we make in our private world improves the world at large for everyone. We all float on the collective level of consciousness of mankind so that any increment we add comes back to us. …

July 16, 2017
It’s time to get upside down! What gets in the way of inverting? We could write a thesis on that topic but instead, we will just explore it physically, organically, bravely. If you feel like you are not strong enough …

July 12, 2017
Insomnia is a serious medical and psychiatric condition, characterized primarily by sleeplessness. Sleep is a basic necessity of human bodies. It is a restorative state in which the human body rejuvenates itself. But, for people dealing with insomnia, sleep is …

July 9, 2017
Yoga is a way to restore our lost wholeness, our integrity as complete human beings, by unifying the personality around a center that is silent, unbounded, spacious, and joyful. The techniques of yoga are methods of purifying the nervous system …

July 5, 2017
All I need to do right now is breathe. A warm, peaceful energy surrounds me and those I love. Inside me lies a great reservoir of calmness. I let go of anxiety and embrace tranquility. I am in control of …

June 30, 2017
Inner Wellness Studio invites you to fully embrace yoga as a technology for holistic living. This course is a comprehensive study and practice of yoga. It will give you a profound experience of yoga that will transform your body and …

June 27, 2017
“First, rely on the spirit and meaning of the teachings, not on the words; Second, rely on the teachings, not on the personality of the teacher; Third, rely on real wisdom, not superficial interpretation; And fourth, rely on the essence …

June 23, 2017
The Indian High Commission along with the Art of Living Foundation, Yoga Oasis, and other members of the Yoga community in Pretoria invite you to a FREE yoga session on Sunday, 25 June 2017 at the SPHSS Auditorium at 264, …

June 19, 2017
Date: Wednesday, 21 June 2017                           Time: 12h00 midday for 15 minutes Venue: Nationwide, wherever you are, down tools and chant “Om Namo Narayanaya” for peace Let peace …

June 14, 2017
“This being human is a guest house every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all. Even if they are a crowd of sorrows who …

June 14, 2017
This is a fantastic opportunity to treat your hubby/spouse/self on Fathers day. We’ll start with 60 min yoga on the rooftop, and then a 60 min drumming circle inside the market.  The drumming circle is for beginners, even I can …

June 9, 2017
Sadness gives depth, Happiness gives height, Sadness gives roots. Happiness gives branches. Happiness is like a tree going into the sky, and sadness is like the roots going down into the womb of the earth. Both are needed, and the …

June 7, 2017
Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual practice, dating back thousands of years. Rooted in India, it resonates with people worldwide and 21 June has been declared International Yoga Day. The Sivananda School of Yoga invites you to celebrate with …

May 31, 2017
A hot cup of ginger tea can help you feel much better,even speed your recovery if you feel the start of a cold. Peel and grate (or slice)about a thumb knuckle piece of fresh ginger root. Infuse it two cups …

May 26, 2017
Golden Labradorite Meaning and Uses:  Golden Labradorite, also known as Yellow Labradorite, is a stone that helps balance your energy and harness your personal power.  It is a masculine stone, and as it’s bright, yellow color suggests, its energy has …

May 24, 2017
“What soul was his, when from the naked top of some bold headland, he beheld the sun rise up, and bathe the world in light” William Wandsworth, The Excursion When we look at our closest star, we may see nothing …

May 17, 2017
“By refreshing yourself through silence and nature, you constantly revitalise the inner you. Dawn is your strongest hour. If you can rise in time to meet the day, that effort becomes a discipline that you use for establishing control. Use …

May 12, 2017
With the landscape around us bathed in the vibrant shades of autum thought it interesting to explore the psychology of the colour yellow. Whatever your feelings are towards yellow, we are sure that you will agree that it is the …

May 10, 2017
 “Anything that annoys you is teaching you patience. Anyone who abandons you is teaching you to stand up on your own two feet. Anything that angers you is teaching you forgiveness and compassion. Anything that has power over you is …

May 5, 2017
The cold and dry air that accompanies winter weather can aggravate your sinuses, adding extra irritation on top of seasonal colds. While in the summer we can use sitali, the cooling breath, to reduce body heat, winter weather calls for …

May 5, 2017
Why are trees such social beings? Why do they share food with their own species and sometimes even go so far as to nourish their competitors? The reasons are the same as for human communities: there are advantages to working …

May 1, 2017
” The dancer and the dance cannot be separated.So also the creator and his creation.” – Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

May 1, 2017
A perfect summary of which oil is best used in what recipe…. Almond oil: Whilst this oil has high smoking point and is generally used in Asian foods for stir frying and sauteing it is best used as a finishing …

April 21, 2017
For something entirely different and seeing as Freedom Day is just around the corner thought this piece of music entitled Madiba was apt.  Taken off the proudly South African,  Wouter Kellerman’s grammy award winning album, Winds of Samsara with Indian …

April 21, 2017
“Integrity is a symbol of an integrated or whole mind, a mind in which there is no conflict and nothing is out of accord. Integrity is integral to yoga, and yet it’s a fruit of the practice. One does not have …

April 14, 2017
  The YTF wishes all of those members who celebrate a very happy Easter and to our Jewish members a blessed and meaningful Pesach. May life’s richest blessings realise us all!

April 12, 2017
“No one else can make us ‘high’ or ‘low’. We are our own masters, the creators or destroyers of our own happiness. Therefore, let us acquire mastery of ourselves. Let us acquire mastery of the present moment to acquire mastery …

April 8, 2017
With Easter fast approaching try out this variation of traditional hot cross buns which ticks all the boxes for vegans. Recipe: 350g plain flour 5ml ground mixed spice 5ml ground cinnamon 5ml grated nutmeg 1 sachet easy-blend yeast 25g castor …

March 29, 2017
“What we really want to do is serve happiness. We want everyone to be happy, never unhappy even for a moment. We want the animals to be happy. The happiness of every living thing is what we want. We want …

March 29, 2017
Many of us are hindered by a procession of well worn negative thoughts that affect how we view what happens to us in life, what we expect from it and ultimately, what life gives us.  The simple remedy for this? …

March 21, 2017
” We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one”- Jacques Cousteau It is the element with the greatest quotient within us and on the surface of the Earth. It is essential for life. It is used …

March 18, 2017
“There are many other small joys, perhaps the especially delightful one of smelling a flower or a piece of fruit, of listening to one’s own or others’ voices, of hearkening to the prattle of children. And a tune being hummed …

March 15, 2017
When you feel a headache coming on,an alternative and healthier approach to popping a pill could be to try the following Yoga asanas. Sarvangasana (shoulder stand): this asana helps calm a headache as reversing the effects of gravity can help …

March 10, 2017
It is said a great Zen teacher asked an initiate to sit by a stream until he heard all the water had to teach. After days of bending his mind around the scene, a small monkey happened by, and, in …

February 24, 2017
Sitting quietly, feel what sits there. Observe the scintillating field of sensation we call the body. Notice sensation’s wordless quality. Its sense of simply being humming through the body. Go within sensation to that subtle presence by which the sensation …

February 20, 2017
The following recipe was kindly contributed by YTF member and Head Chef at Maison de Leo,Willie Cloete. Enjoy!!! “Imam Bayildi” literally means the “imam fainted”. The name is  supposedly derived from a tale of a Turkish Imam, who swooned with …

February 15, 2017
“Love has no desire but to fulfill itself, To melt and be like a running brook That sings its melody to the night. To wake at dawn with a winged heart And to give thanks for another day of loving …

February 10, 2017
As more and more doctors are recommending yoga for a variety of health conditions, the physically therapeutic benefits have become indisputable. However, Yoga can also be approached from a spiritual rather than physical standpoint, addressing holistic needs in mind and …

February 8, 2017
” It seems reasonable to believe — and I do believe — that the more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us the less taste we shall have for the destruction …

February 1, 2017
TeenYoga (UK) in partnership with Teen Yoga SA are excited to launch for the first time in Johannesburg, a Teen Yoga teacher training. The TeenYoga course will train you to teach yoga and mindfulness to young people. It has been …

January 27, 2017
Yoga might have originated in India over five thousand years ago, but over time its vast language and diverse nature has been fashioned and interpreted in many different ways. According to Kavi Yogiraj Mani Finger, the word “yoga” itself means …

January 25, 2017
” A teacher is never a giver of truth: He is a guide, a pointer to the truth that each student must find for himself” – Bruce Lee

January 20, 2017
“People can live their entire lives without recognising the call of the spiritual self. It’s a call for deeper wholeness, to awaken to something greater within and around us. We all hear it, although not everyone recognises it. The call …

January 11, 2017
Considering it’s thousands of years old, it might seem silly to say that yoga has come a long way in recent years. But as mind/body exercise continues to take hold of the fitness industry, the practice of yoga has moved …

January 6, 2017
“People often view the spiritual path as a search for the light. In truth, spirituality asks us to bring light and darkness together in wholeness. And in fact, this is the only possible solution. In our world of duality, any …

January 4, 2017
Finding a suitable teacher and the right teacher for you: When the student is ready, the guru appears. Self-Knowledge: Finding a teacher that best suites you – making beneficial choices that best suit you. “A wise coach guides and sustains our …

December 31, 2016
“Be a lamp unto yourselves. Work out your liberation with diligence. Fill your mind with compassion” – Buddha. Whatever your dreams, goals and aspirations are for 2017, the YTF wishes all our members a very Happy and Abundant New Year!

December 28, 2016
The human body is remarkable. It’s constantly replacing dying cells with new cells in order to maintain function and keep you as healthy as possible. The living tissue inside your body keeps everything running smoothly, and your bone is no …

December 24, 2016
“May all beings be peaceful. May all beings be happy. May all beings be safe. May all beings awaken to their true nature. May all beings be free.”- Metta Prayer Best wishes for Peaceful and Joyous Holy Days and Holidays …

December 21, 2016
When you are grateful,’ Brother Steindl-Rast explained, ‘you are not fearful, and when you are not fearful, you are not violent. When you are grateful, you act out of a sense of enough and not out of a sense of …

December 21, 2016
One day the Buddha was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. “You have no right teaching others,” he shouted. “You are as stupid as everyone else. You are nothing …

December 14, 2016
“It is all too easy to feel caught up by the everyday, linear, personal perception of the world and personality. Stillness beckons with a Call so deep and intimate and immediate: ‘Stay with Me.’ Familiarity, complacency are subtle traps to …

December 9, 2016
The seventh chakra, Sahaswara, is referred to as the thousand-petal lotus chakra. This is the top chakra of the seven and located at the crown of the head. Sahaswara is our source of enlightenment and spiritual connection to all that …

December 7, 2016
“When effort is needed, effort will appear. When effortlessness becomes essential, it will assert itself. You need not push life about. Just flow with it and give yourself completely to the task of the present moment…” ~ Nisargadatta Maharaj

December 2, 2016
“With yoga, we become aware of how and where we are restricted – in body, mind, and heart – and how gradually to open and release these blockages. As these blockages are cleared, our energy is freed. We start to feel more …

December 2, 2016
This asana gives a lovely lateral torso stretch and works into the tiny muscles between the side ribs. The hamstrings and inner thigh muscles are lengthened, the hips and shoulder sockets are loosened and blood circulation is increased to the …

November 23, 2016
This year the month of November has seen a national focus on diabetes. According to International Diabetics Federation (IDF), there were nearly 2.28 million South Africans living with diabetes. As is the case in most developing nations this number is …

November 22, 2016
“Your heart must be a sea of love.Your mind must become a river of detachment” – Sri Chinmoy                   N        

November 18, 2016
“Before you know what kindness really is you must lose things, feel the future dissolve in a moment like salt in a weakened broth. What you held in your hand, what you counted and carefully saved, all this must go …

November 16, 2016
“Join us as we remember their lives when they shone at their brightest” The HospiceWits tree-lighting ceremony continues to be a beacon of hope, strength and a celebration of life. It’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy a picnic under starry …

November 11, 2016
“A rigid or narrow minded person has difficulty in getting on with other people and with their own life. On the other hand, a broad-minded, flexible person will fit in anywhere. Being flexible, we will be willing to adapt, to …

November 11, 2016
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November 10, 2016
Supermoon, Spring tide & Equipoise :14 November Full moon perigee, the moon is at its closest point to the earth in its monthly orbit. This is the biggest moon we see since 1948, next will be 2034. 5th Supermoon for 2016 …

November 2, 2016
Only a few places left for Patrick Creelman’s WildLotus Workshop classes that are taking place at Yoga Lova from 15th  – 17th November 2016. You do not want to miss this incredible opportunity to experience a worldclass Master teacher on …

November 2, 2016
The sixth chakra, Ajna, is in the area of the third eye, which is found in the space between the eyebrows. It encompasses the pituitary gland, eyes, head, and lower part of the brain. An invisible yet powerful third eye, …

October 30, 2016
“Diwali is a reminder of our inner light. When your mind is calm, your heart is open and you will feel that light, you will feel that love.” Sri Swami Vishwananda.  May all life be enlightened with prosperity, peace and …

October 26, 2016
We often forget that prisons do not exist simply to punish, but also to reform and rehabilitate. And as such, we can all do our part in helping inmates find peace within themselves to let go of hatred and violence …

October 26, 2016
“Yoga believes in transforming the individual before transforming the world.Whatever change you want to happen outside should happen within. If you walk in peace and express that peace in your very life, others will see you and learn something”  – …

October 21, 2016
Releasing body toxins as well as emotional and physical stress can alter our entire perception on life. By paying attention to our breathing patterns we can transform negative emotions and restore life’s natural rhythm of happiness. This program provides a …

October 20, 2016
” Yoga is a dance between control and surrender – between pushing and letting go – and when to push and when to let go becomes part of the creative process, part of the open ended exploration of your being.” …

October 14, 2016
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers among South African women – and its incidence is rising. Over the past few years cancer researchers have conducted several studies to determine if yoga …

October 12, 2016
GINGERED PEAR BEETROOT JUICE Ingredients: 1 medium beetroot 1 medium pear 2-3 large carrots 4 stalks celery fresh ginger root or ground ginger (to taste) POWER PUNCH Ingredients: 1 medium beetroot 2 medium apples (Granny Smith) 1/4 of a lemon …

October 12, 2016

October 7, 2016
A workshop directed at new and well established teachers.  This workshop is designed to teach and fine tune how we adjust our students, enhancing their practice in a safe environment. Learn to see more than just skin deep, recognise how …

October 4, 2016
Its the end of the world as we know it, and its all right…… Refresh and renew! Black moon : A second full moon in a single calendar month is sometimes called a blue moon. A black moon is supposedly …

September 30, 2016
Whatever has happened, has happened for good. Whatever is happening is also for good. Whatever will happen, shall also be for good. What have you lost that you cry for? What did you bring that you have lost? What did …

September 28, 2016
The fourth chakra is at the center of the seven chakras with three below and three above. This is the area where physical and spiritual meet. The fourth chakra, also referred to as the heart chakra, is located at the …

September 21, 2016
“Not speaking and speaking are both human ways of being in the world, and there are kinds and grades of each. There is the dumb silence of slumber or apathy; the sober silence that goes with a solemn animal face; …

September 21, 2016
“The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery” –  Mark van Doren TIP #1:  “You are in the service industry—get used to it. When I first started teaching, I thought I was in the yoga business or the …

September 16, 2016
Yoga Mama, is pleased to be presenting their next Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training in Johannesburg on the weekends of the 24th-25th September and 01st – 02nd October. For further details relating to costs and venue please contact J’anaki Ra on  …

September 14, 2016
“Like the wave can never be separate from the ocean. Individual soul can never be separate from the Divine. Yoga brings us to this realization.”   – H.H Sri Sri Ravishankarji 

September 14, 2016
Inner Wellness Studio and Conscious Cooking with Diego and Nalini will be hosting a Durban City Roof Top Yoga Fund-Raiser Event on Friday, 30th September  from 18:00 – 19:30 to raise money for their friends at the Claremont Good News …

August 31, 2016
” Yoga begins right where I am, not where I was yesterday or where I long to be”  – Linda Sparrowe  

August 25, 2016
As a yoga practitioner, you are part of an ancient tradition that dates back at least 5,000 years and has produced great spiritual and philosophical geniuses who have provided answers to some of life’s biggest questions. Questions such as, “Who …

August 20, 2016
We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love…..  and then we return home. – Australian Aboriginal Proverb    

August 19, 2016
“I want to beg of you much as I can to be patient toward all that’s unsolved in your heart, and learn to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms, or like books that are written in a very foreign …

August 17, 2016
Super simple 4 step technique to make a deeply positive impact on your life. 1. Stand in front of a mirror and look straight into your eyes. 2. With a feeling of love, say to yourself, “I believe in myself.” …

August 12, 2016
Running, walking and athletic activities are really beneficial, but may also result in musculoskeletal imbalances, stiffness, injury and loss of energy. Yoga increases both stability and mobility, strengthening core, lower and upper body in a balanced way. It enhances stamina, …

August 10, 2016
“Our intention is to affirm this life, not to bring order out of chaos, nor to suggest improvements in creation, but simply to wake up to the very life we’re living, which is so excellent once one gets one’s mind …

August 5, 2016
The perfect ending to a hearty meal during the cold weather we are currently experiencing Ingredients 1 1/2 cups (225g) self-raising flour 1/2 cup (45g) desiccated coconut 1/2 cup (100g) caster sugar 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon rind 1/2 cup …

August 3, 2016
” When this twentieth century of ours became obsessed with a passion for mere size, what was lost sight of was the ancient wisdom that the emotions have their own standards of judgment and their own sense of scale. In …

July 31, 2016
“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” —Mahatma Gandhi

July 22, 2016
“In an asana, the mind has to reach inside the body to find a quite space until a point comes where perfect balance is felt”. – Geeta Iyengar

July 16, 2016
“Peace does not mean an absence of conflicts; differences will always be there. Peace means solving these differences through peaceful means; through dialogue, education, knowledge; and through humane ways.” ~ Dalai Lama XIV

July 14, 2016
Located at the base of the spine, the pelvic floor, and the first three vertebrae, the root chakra is responsible for your sense of safety and security on this earthly journey. The word Muladhara breaks down into two Sanskrit words: Mula …

July 11, 2016
The Bowspring is a new and exceptional alignment template that can be applied to any yoga pose, athletic movement or functional posture for optimal performance.  A unique way of working with the natural curves of the body to improve balance, …

July 6, 2016
Know complexity but hold to simplicity. Know sound but hold to silence. Know action but hold to stillness. Know knowledge but hold to innocence. Know the manifestations but hold to the mystery. ~ Lao Tzu

July 2, 2016
Because traumatized people often have trouble sensing what is going on in their bodies, they lack a nuanced response to frustration. They either react to stress by becoming “spaced out” or with excessive anger. Whatever their response, they often can’t …

June 30, 2016
If you want to give yourself a gift, consider taking the White Belt Intensive. It is for people who love the feeling in their bodies when they move – whether you want to teach or simply want to deepen your …

June 29, 2016
” You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you.  What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make”  – Jane Goodall   …

June 24, 2016
“Nothing exists in the way it appears, it is all up to our karma “- Padmasambhava

June 24, 2016
Yoga and other holistic practices can be a source of great comfort to pregnant women. On this training you will gain a wealth of knowledge to offer your students, guiding them in order to bring about some relief and comfort …

June 22, 2016
“There are some parts of the world that, once visited, get into your heart and won’t go. For me, India is such a place. When I first visited…it was as if all my life I had been seeing the world …

June 19, 2016
“This day is a special day, It is yours. Yesterday slipped away It cannot be filled with more meaning. About tomorrow nothing is known. But, this day, today, is yours, Make use of it. Today you can make someone happy, …

June 19, 2016
The Sanskrit word Chakra literally translates to wheel or disk. In yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda, this term refers to wheels of energy throughout the body. There are seven main chakras, which align the spine, starting from the base of the …

June 15, 2016
“We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future” Franklin.D Roosevelt   

June 15, 2016
Come and gather with us on Saturday, 18th June 2016, to celebrate the sacred stillness of the winter solstice with a labyrinth meditation walk, hatha yoga, chanting of Gayatri mantra and a gratitude ceremony. In the afternoon you are free …

June 9, 2016
Mel will be hosting a 90min traditional style Forrest workshop in a truly unique industrial setting currently under construction in Braamfontein.  A great opportunity to get grounded in our city. You can expect an audio greeting from Ana Forrest. Coffee …

June 9, 2016
He said, ” You become.  It takes a long time.  That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept.  Generally by the time you are Real, most …

June 4, 2016
 “You have no need to travel anywhere. Journey within yourself, enter a mine of rubies and bathe in the splendor of your own Light”  – Rumi  

June 4, 2016
“Don’t go outside your house to search for jewels. Don’t even bother with that excursion, my friend.There are jewels inside yourself. Precious, profound and ready to be discovered.These jewels are just like flowers. Some are taking root. They are in …

May 27, 2016
” We are all very busy with the physical body in life, but the physical is the end of the line…our physical body is the most changing and most unstable part of us, and that is what we put so …

May 20, 2016
My beloved Divine Mother, Dance with me under the soft moon, Shining in the wide open fields far Beyond the toil and trouble of my busy mind. – Surren Pillay  

May 20, 2016
“The benefits of yoga asana are greatest when we experience both steadiness and ease, sthira and sukham, strength and softness. In this state of balanced awareness, we may become more receptive to the breath and less captivated by intellectual distractions.” …

May 18, 2016
” Nothing restores a semblance of balance to ones life better than a cup of tea and a slice of cake” – Anon Ingredients: 25g vegan margarine plus extra for greasing 3 dessert apples (Golden Delicious) 195g muscovado sugar 180g …

May 11, 2016
It is a cosmic principle that we either live in imbalance or act to create balance. Though we may be comfortable in imbalance (which we often perceive as balance), we cannot grow in such a state. It is through shining …

May 11, 2016
Nadi Shodhana, or “alternate nostril breathing,” is a simple yet powerful technique that settles the mind, body, and emotions. There are several different styles of Nadi Shodhana, but they all serve the purpose of creating balance and regulating the flow …

May 4, 2016
For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers. I revere them when they live in tribes and families, in forests and groves. And even more I revere them when they stand alone. They are like lonely persons. Not …

May 4, 2016
“The tree of wisdom has fibres of forebearance, deep roots of steadfastness, flowers of virtue and branches of awareness”- Buddhist Proverb When practicing Vrkasana (vrksa=tree; asana=pose) balancing can be very difficult at first, so take it easy, try to relax. …

April 29, 2016
“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” – Viktor Frankl

April 29, 2016
Dear friends and fellow yogis, Please see attached flyer regarding the next “Yoga for All Trimesters Course” – Our New Baby! – proudly brought to you by MIND BODY PROFESSIONALS. The course is offered over two days in May and …

April 22, 2016
Before you speak, let your words pass through three gates: At the first gate, ask yourself “Is is true?” At the second gate ask, “Is it necessary?” At the third gate ask, “Is it kind?” ~ Rumi.. .

April 20, 2016
“In my own roles as teacher, facilitator, coach, mother, wife, and friend, etc. I often find myself holding the space for other people. It’s not always easy, because I have a very human tendency to want to fix people (which …

April 19, 2016
“The universe is like an ocean in perfect equilibrium. A wave cannot rise in one place, without creating a hollow elsewhere. The sum total of the energy of the universe remains identical from one end to the other. If you …

April 10, 2016
Taste Café is popping-up this coming Sunday at Laughing Chefs with a delectable Vegan Celebration Lunch Menu. The peace and tranquility of Laughing Chefs serves as the ideal venue in which to enjoy a relaxed and leisurely meal. The restaurant …

April 6, 2016
“This is indeed well understood by any gardener. The aim of the life of a rosebush is to be all that is inherent as potentiality in the rosebush: that its leaves are well developed and that its flower is the …

April 1, 2016
Breathing in rhythmic formations will help you to concentrate and gain control of the breath and hence, control of the mind In most cases of so-called “normal breathing”, the breathing action is concentrated in the upper part of the chest. …

March 30, 2016
The mountains are my bones The rivers my veins The forests are my thoughts And the stars are my dreams The ocean is my heart It’s pounding is my pulse The songs of the earth write The music of my …

March 23, 2016
The good life is lived best by those with gardens — a truth that was already a gnarled old vine in ancient Rome, but a sturdy one that still bears fruit. I don’t mean one must garden qua garden… I …

March 18, 2016
There are still a few places available to celebrate this magical day with us: the day will begin at 9.30am with hatha yoga, pranayama (breath work) and yoga nidra (deep relaxation) on the yoga deck, followed by a walking meditation …

March 11, 2016
  Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder. – Rumi  

March 9, 2016
Notice This is a first method of meditation that you can use in order to become aware of who you are. You can do it anytime, anywhere! You don’t need beads, you don’t need ashrams, you just need your breath! …

February 20, 2016
” Hope is a beautiful thing. It gives us peace and strength, and keeps us going when all seems lost. As long as we have hope, we have direction, the energy to move and the map to move by.” Julie …

February 20, 2016
Shoulder Stand is a favourite asana for many people and may be included in one’s daily practice as a “reward” for all the hard work done earlier in the vinyasa… In this asana, the body is inverted and supported by …

February 12, 2016
 “If our parents didn’t love and understand each other, how are we to know what love looks like? … The most precious inheritance that parents can give their children is their own happiness. Our parents may be able to leave …

February 10, 2016

February 3, 2016
“The greatest pleasure I know is to do a good action by stealth and have it found out by accident” – Charles Lamb.

January 27, 2016
” You can use mantras, breath, or the quiet glow of a candle. Your technique is not important as long as you know this one simple thing: it is natural for thoughts to arise during meditation.  You will say your …

January 22, 2016
“Don’t seek, don’t search, don’t ask, don’t knock, don’t demand – relax. If you relax, it comes. If you relax it is there. If you relax, you start vibrating with it. ” – Osho  

January 13, 2016
“Everything we do is infused with the energy with which we do it. If we’re frantic, life will be frantic. If we are peaceful, life will be peaceful. And so our goal in any situation becomes inner peace.” – Marianne …

January 13, 2016
Is yoga meant only to remove structural disorders and emotional stresses and strains, or has yoga something more to offer? In the beginning all of us are motivated to get rid of physical or emotional problems. When we get relief …

December 30, 2015
I celebrate myself, and sing myself, And what I assume you shall assume, For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you. . . . Myself moving forward then and now and forever, Gathering and showing more always …

December 23, 2015
Emotions can manifest themselves physically more readily than we realize. But is it just like your brain flipping a switch? Watch this clip as Leslie Kaminoff, founder of the Breathing Project and author of ” Yoga Anatomy” explores how it …

December 18, 2015
“Teach me how to trust my heart, my mind, my inner knowing, the senses of my body, the blessings of my spirit. Teach me to trust these things so that I may enter my sacred space and love beyond my …

December 10, 2015
“Smile, Breathe,Go Slowly..” This mindfulness mantra from Thich Naht Hahn is powerful in its simplicity. Try it now and notice how it affects the state of your awareness in the body, heart and mind! There is so much expectation at …

December 4, 2015
1. Start your day with a green shake:  Choose a combination of seasonal greens like spinach, kale celery, add clean protein powder, 10 ice cubes,1 tablespoon virgin olive or MCT oil, and fruit/fiber eg. apple. Sets the metabolic tone for …

December 2, 2015
A joyous way to end the year… Come along and celebrate the magic inherent in yoga and all life with us!

December 2, 2015
A man who as a physical being is always turned toward the outside, thinking that his happiness lies outside him; finally he turns inward and discovers that the source is within him.” ~ Soren Kierkegaard Benefits: Stretches the hamstrings on …

November 27, 2015
To all the Yogis going to the Market this year. We have YOGA so please come and support Dale, the team and Nicarela while having a bit of Yoga fun. The Parkview Charity Christmas market is back in full swing …

November 20, 2015
“Let us pray for peace. Please sit in your consolidated self. Your prayer will be effective by the concentration of your mind, and heart and self. Pray for all. Pray for those who are facing death, pray for those who …

November 13, 2015
One week until Patrick Creelman arrives in Jozi … Get yourself ready for the holiday season with his incredible, inspirational , uplifting workshops!! Patrick Creelman is coming to Rock the Jozi Yoga scene next week. Do whatever you need to do …

November 11, 2015
YTF wishes all our Hindu members a Happy Diwali! Diwali also called Divali, Deepavali or the “Festival of Lights”, is an important five day festival in the Hindu calendar occurring between mid-October and mid-November. The name “Diwali” or “Divali” is …

November 10, 2015
I just read from the newsletter that “Durgana Passed away”. I very sorry to hear and offer my condolences. Three years ago in 2012 Feb Durgana came to our yoga ashram in India (International Vasishta Yoga Research Foundation) to study …

November 4, 2015
It is with deep sadness that we say farewell to the much-loved physical presence of our faithful and long-standing friend and teacher Magda Inglethorpe (Durgana) who passed away on Monday at the age of 88. Durgana’s dedication to the Yoga Teacher’s Fellowship and …

November 2, 2015
Magda Inglethorpe, born in 1927, known to us fondly as Durgana, passed early this morning. We are grateful for the contribution she made to Yoga in South Africa. Her discipline and dedication to Hatha Yoga with Alan Finger then Tantra …

November 1, 2015
Kulfi is the traditional ice cream of India, made by boiling milk until it reduces and condenses, then flavouring it with pistachios, cardamom and rose–water and set in a special conical mould. To serve, the ice cream is cut into …

October 30, 2015
Denise Schmidt is once again hosting her Annual Yoga Day for various non-profit animal organisations. The day is happening Sunnridge Primary School, Primrose, Edenvale and runs from 10:45 until 13:45. The cost is R200.00 per person with all monies collected going to …

October 30, 2015
  Nothing happens to any man that he is not formed by nature to bear.– Marcus Aurelius

October 23, 2015
“Yoga allows you to find an inner peace that is not ruffled and riled by the endless stresses and struggles of life.” B.K.S Iyengar 

October 23, 2015
As Creator and Editor of  Brainpickings.org, Maria Popova shares her reflections on the centering truths that have emerged and recurred in the course of her life.  A truly assuring and useful read.  Enjoy!!! 1. Allow yourself the uncomfortable luxury of changing your …

October 13, 2015
Inner Wellness Studio based in Durban, invites you to fully embrace yoga as a technology for holistic living by enrolling on their 200 Hr Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training Course running February – June 2016. This course is a comprehensive study …

October 11, 2015
Yoga allows you to rediscover a sense of wholeness in your life, where you do not feel like you are constantly trying to fit broken pieces together. – B.K.S. Iyengar  

September 30, 2015
“It was the greatest leap ever taken. The speed of Hanuman’s jump pulled blossoms and flowers into the air after him and they fell like little stars on the waving treetops. The animals on the beach had never seen such …

September 23, 2015
“We live between the act of awakening and the act of surrender. Each morning we awaken to the light and the invitation to a new day in the world of time; each night we surrender to the dark to be …

September 18, 2015
It’s hot out there! Practice Sitali breath to cool you down. Deep in the Himalayas, ancient sages observed and imitated the world around them in the noble attempt to master body, breath, and mind. They noticed the curve of a …

September 18, 2015
Talking about the bad day you had, being late for an appointment, getting caught in traffic, or missing the bus are all talking about what you don’t love. If you get caught up in talking about what you don’t love, …

September 11, 2015
You may be someone who understands the true nature of reality, perceiving deeply that we all emanate from the same source, that we are all essentially one, and that we are here on earth to love one another. To understand …

September 9, 2015
“It is part of the human nature always to judge others very severely and, and when the wind turns against us, always to find and excuse for our own misdeeds, or to blame someone else for our mistakes”  – Paulo Coelho …

September 4, 2015
“The human body is dynamic and versatile and capable of repairing itself. We use yoga as the bridge between mind and body, through the vehicle of the breath, in order to assist the natural healing process.”  A week-end of Healing …

August 26, 2015
If the weather we are currently experiencing is anything to go by we may well have by passed Spring moving straight onto Summer from Winter. That’s  not to say that our desire for comfort food has disappeared with it. YTF …

August 19, 2015
“Using a seamless mix of re-creations and fascinating true footage, this very even-tempered documentary takes its audience all the way through a saint’s life, from his first sensations in the womb to that moment in 1952 when, having recited a …

August 12, 2015
As we move closer to the Spring Equinox and the annual Sky Festival, we invite the public to join us as we introduce beginner’s to a wonderful weekly experience at the Museum of Africa Design. Our blissful teachers will be …

August 12, 2015
“Our several senses, which feel so personal and impromptu, and seem at times to divorce us from other people, reach far beyond us. They’re an extension of the genetic chain that connects us to everyone who has ever lived; they …

August 5, 2015
In novels – as in life – there is no perfection. We do the best we can with the tools we have at our disposal. Given that we are changing, the tools are changing, the thing itself is changing – …

July 31, 2015
  The greatest guru is your inner self. Truly he is the supreme teacher. He alone can take you to your goal and he alone meets you at the end of the road. Confide in him and you need no …

July 29, 2015
“When I look up at the night sky and I know that, yes, we are part of this Universe … the Universe is in us. When I reflect on that fact, I look up — many people feel small, because …

July 23, 2015
“When you are ready, guidance will come. Rely on the people who are in your life now; face your dark energies as honestly as you can; respect your boundaries and those of everyone around you. As you peel back each …

July 22, 2015
A four hour workshop for teachers and advanced students covering the basics of successful and creative vinyasa sequencing. RSVP to mel@melaniecastleman.co.za

July 20, 2015
Namaste. It’s hard to believe we are nearly half-way through 2015 already. If you’re looking to start, or complete, your Yoga4Kids’ Teacher Training this year, then book your space now. Please see our website www.yoga4kids.co.za which details all the course content, fees …

July 13, 2015
Join Yoga Works and the team from Constitution Hill on Mandela Day for a great morning of healthy exercise, history and culture, and giving back to the community. Steven from Yoga Works will guide you through 27 yoga poses (one …

July 3, 2015
US based Alana Brennar will be visiting Yoga Lova during July 2015 to teach amazing “Chakra themed” classes and an exciting handstand and forearm balance workshop. Alana’s simple, detailed yet challenging teaching style combined with her beautiful  calming energy is …

July 1, 2015
The Art of Living Yoga brought together some 50 million yoga enthusiasts in 132 countries worldwide to mark the first United Nations International 
Yoga Day (IYD) on 21st June. The programmes theme “Yoga – A New Dimension” allowed  participants to …

June 25, 2015
  Interesting articles, demystifying yoga from Sadguru: www.ishayoga.org/  

June 24, 2015
In wintertime, we tend to eat a little bit more to help compensate for the cold. Extra calories can be burned off to keep us warm and a little more body fat will do the trick, too. However, more food …

June 19, 2015
“Yoga, is the journey of the self, to the self, through the self” – Excerpt from The Bhagavad Gita. On December 11th, 2014 the United Nations General Assembly declared June 21st as the International Day of Yoga. The declaration came …

June 17, 2015
This winter soup recipe is sure to warm the cockles and give your immune system a much needed boost.. Makes: 4 servings, about  250 ml each Ingredients: 30 ml canola oil 1 small onion, diced 2 large bell peppers, halved …

June 8, 2015
“If you pour a handful of salt into a cup of water, the water becomes undrinkable. But if you pour the salt into a river, people can continue to draw the water to cook, wash, and drink. The river is …

June 3, 2015

June 3, 2015
Greatness is not found in possessions, power position, or prestige.It is discovered in goodness, humility, service, and character.”- William Arthur Ward

May 22, 2015
It is when our lives are full and busy that we need our daily meditation to help center us for the day. Ironically, when we get busy, the first thing that tends to get cut back is our meditation practice. …

May 20, 2015
A dictionary definition of “invert” is to “put upside down or in the opposite position, order, or arrangement.” Since we rarely, if ever, purposefully turn ourselves upside down, an aversion to inversions is natural. But it’s a shame to let …

May 20, 2015
What does the voice of fear whisper to you? Fear speaks to you in logic and reason. It assumes the language of love itself. Fear tells you, “I want to make you safe.” Love says, “You are safe.” Fear says, …

May 15, 2015
Join us for a joy-filled day of yoga and uplifting shamanic drumming! MORNING YOGA: 11.30am – 1.00pm George Demetriades’ style of Hatha yoga is characterised by strong holds, with an important emphasis on breathing and attention to fine movement detail, …

May 15, 2015
We are doing it again ! We’re counting down to the big event and we need your help to reach our goal of 500 000 Africans meditating for peace in Africa. “I Meditate Africa” is a FREE campaign promoting peace in …

May 11, 2015
“It is the nature of the saplings to quake in the winds; hesitant, learning to hold their own places. But, the older trees, with their years of testing and being tested, they are the ones who, whether in the long …

May 7, 2015
This is so easy to prepare and best of all is you don’t really need any electricity to prepare it, a little forward thinking and some gas will do. Great for those days that Eskom decide to leave us powerless, …

April 29, 2015
   “Yoga is an invitation to wholeness, An invocation to our inner glory A call for it to emerge, A beckoning for us to see, The invitation is yours.”  

April 22, 2015
  “You have to keep the land so that it can continue to be, as God wants it, the source of life for the entire human family.” Pope Francis on Twitter, Rome, April 21, 2015

April 15, 2015
DO YOU WANT TO BECOME A YOGA TEACHER? – Course Starting 3 August 2015 This 500 hours INTEGRAL HATHA YOGA YTTC Programme creates an evironment for people to prepare themselves within a community of open-minded collaborating individuals, each exploring their …

April 9, 2015
Often, when we say, “I love you” we focus mostly on the idea of the “I” who is doing the loving and less on the quality of the love that’s being offered. This is because we are caught by the …

April 1, 2015
A wise woman traveling in the mountains found a precious stone in a stream. The next day she met another traveler who was hungry and the wise woman opened her bag to share her food.The hungry traveler saw the precious …

March 27, 2015
With the proliferation of online yoga tutorials like YogaGlo, GaiamTV and even YouTube, more and more yogis are practicing at home in front of their laptops. But as a yoga teacher who even has a few online videos of his …

March 22, 2015
The best spice to be used during a change of season as Cinnamon as it: controls blood sugar levels helps maintain insulin sensitivity is a powerful antioxidant: great for youthful longevity may have antibacterial and antifungal properties, good for blood …

March 18, 2015
Whatever obstacles we experience, if we can take them the right way, they won’t obstruct our spiritual path. Rather, they will become a tool to stimulate our advancement toward our destination: unconditional love and enlightenment. So try to feel joy …

March 6, 2015
Mantra is a Sanskrit word composed of ‘Mana’ – the mind, and ‘trayate – to transcend’. Therefore mantra refers to an ancient word or sound which helps the mind to reach a higher consciousness. When accompanied by music it is …

March 4, 2015
THE CAMEL “Caught up in the energy of breath, I release the spring of my being Thighs and spine recline Within this posture, bending me Curved branch of life’s tree Whose blossoms lend fingers to God Who fashioned me” Camel …

February 27, 2015
You have listened to your heart……and you know what you truly desire. Now it’s time to set your intention. Just as an acorn has great potential to grow into a magnificent oak tree,so too does your intention have the potential …

February 11, 2015
True love cannot be bought, bribed, begged, manipulated or forced. It can only blossom from deep within the heart. Love is simultaneously the purest and one of the most complex emotions we find. True love at its purest, is just …

February 4, 2015
Love gives you power to merge, From finite to Infinity. Love gives you power to trust, From nothing to everything. Love gives you power, the most powerful Prayer between you and your Creator. Love gives you vastness, As vast as …

January 28, 2015
Lama Marut (aka Brian K. Smith) may not be the first to frame spiritual practice as a form of rebellion, but manages a fresh approach based on Asian philosophy, particularly Buddhist principles. An ordained monk trained in the Tibetan tradition …

January 23, 2015
Buddhism teaches that the present moment contains the seeds of all things, including liberation from samsara (the world of suffering), and yet we spend most of our lives anywhere but here – anywhere but the present moment. Once we have …

January 21, 2015
“Nothing has happened in the past; it happened in the Now. Nothing will ever happen in the future; it will happen in the Now.” – Eckhart Tolle

January 16, 2015
Simply notice and let go… Noticing In your imagination, see the air going in and out of your nose. Notice the breath going in. Notice the breath going out. And notice the little transition point between the ingoing and outgoing …

January 14, 2015
Past things are in the past and do not go there from the present.  This is an obvious thought at the beginning of a new year.  Yoga stresses that present things are in the present.  That the sun and the …

December 5, 2014
  Live life in it’s totality. And living in the world, don’t be of it. Live in the world like a lotus flowe in water : it lives in water,  but the water touches it not – Osho  

December 3, 2014
Compassion – a sense of spaciousness and open-heartedness is the deepest gifts of yoga, Understand your strengths and weaknesses; most people actually underestimate their strengths and emphasize their weaknesses out of proportion. Enjoy your self-confidence with mindful presence, sensitive patience, …

December 3, 2014
No matter what the circumstance we always have the freedom to choose, even if it is only the attitude or stance we take towards the situation.    

November 28, 2014
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”Marcel Proust. “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” Cicero, Roman poet.Gratitude and giving also speak to …

November 21, 2014
A reading excerpt on the lesson of finding gratitude even in the most difficult of situations… There is a story of a woman running away from tigers. She runs and runs, and tigers are getting closer and closer. When she …

November 19, 2014
May the sun bring you new energy by day, May the moon softly restore you by night, May the rain wash away your worries, May the breeze blow new strength into your being, May you walk gently through the world …

November 12, 2014
All mysteries when investigated are very simple truths.  They are only mysterious when enveloped in conjecture and shrouded in ignorance. The greatest mysteries seem to be ourselves. What is it in us that creates joy, hate, anxiety, sound, colour, beauty, …

October 29, 2014
“ Laugther is a melody, a concert from the heart. A tickling by the angles, creative living art. Laughter heals and comforts, it’s sometimes gentle – sometimes bold.  Laughter is a freeing dance performed within the Soul” – S. West …

October 20, 2014
[youtube width=”350″ height=”300″]http://youtu.be/eKV_s_pYNc0[/youtube] Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra tells us that Pranayama thins the veil that clouds our inner light. It makes the mind clearer and more focused and brings the mind great freedom from angst and doubt. Sarah Guglielmi from Yoga …

October 14, 2014
Universal Message of the Saints of the World A renowned English poet, Longfellow said: “Lives of great men all remind us We can make our lives sublime, And, departing, leave behind us Footprints in the sands of time.” So it …

October 13, 2014
With the end of the year fast approaching tempers begin to flare, energy reserves begin to feel depleted and small matters become major issues. It would be best to take a moment  and remember that we are made to love, …

October 8, 2014
SADHU Professor V Rangarajan, is visiting Johannesburg from his ashram in Bangalore,India. He is a Hindu renunciate or sannyasi, who has travelled all over the world spreading what he sees as the core message of Hinduism “UNITY IN DIVERSITY”. Sadhu …

September 29, 2014

September 19, 2014
Ultimately the intention of Yoga is to make us more kind and compassionate beings. Diego of Inner Wellness Studio in Musgrave, KZN has teamed up with the Community Outreach Program Trust to do a weekly Wednesday Yoga class in the …

September 19, 2014
Yogathon is an initiative of Sri Sri Yoga, to create awareness about yoga and create interest in its practice for healthier living. Bring your friends and family to a unique event to smile, stretch and strengthen the mind and body. …

September 12, 2014
With warmer weather upon us one tends to seek out “lighter and cleaner” meal options. For extra energy to start a busy day, try this delicious, nutritious smoothie  … 1 cup soya milk (Recommendation: Woolies Organic Soya Milk is sweetened with apple concentrate, so is …

September 5, 2014
Spring comes with its flowers, autumn with the moon, summer with breezes, winter with snow; when useless things don’t stick in the mind, that is your best season – Zen proverb

September 5, 2014
Spring clean and fine tune your Chakra system by invoking the healing colours of nature that burst forth with the arrival of Spring. RED: The Base Chakra (Muladhara) The first chakra is activated by a clear, bright shade of red. …

August 31, 2014
 Sitting quietly, doing nothing, spring comes, and the grass grows by itself.” ~ Zen proverb  

August 26, 2014
Authentic success is different for each of us. No single definition fits all because we come in all sizes. Authentic success is having time enough to pursue personal pursuits that bring you pleasure, time enough to make the loving gestures …

August 26, 2014
Put your best foot forward and get ready for the first Melrose Arch Walking on Sunshine Spring Walk! The 5km fun walk, in aid of HospiceWits, will begin promptly at 9:00 – with a host of activities for the entire …

August 21, 2014
Guruji BKS IYENGAR left his mortal body on the 20th August, 2014. But he lives with us all the time through immortal teaching. May he rest in peace.   Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and …

August 20, 2014
As I began to love myself I found that anguish and emotional suffering are only warning signs that I was living against my own truth. Today, I know, this is “AUTHENTICITY”. As I began to love myself I understood how …

August 13, 2014
Following the incredible success of Simon Borg-Olivier’s workshops in Cape Town & Johannesburg, Yoga Lova is truly privileged to have Jim Harrington –  South Africa’s most esteemed yoga teacher – teach 2 incredible workshops at the end of August. About the workshops…. In these …

August 9, 2014
Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size But when I start to tell them, They think I’m telling lies. I say, It’s in the reach of my arms, The …

August 1, 2014
“Meditate.Live purely. Be quiet.Do your work with mastery.Like the moon, come outfrom behind the clouds!Shine.” ~Buddha

August 1, 2014
“The more faithfully you listen to the voice within you, the better you will hear what is sounding outside. And only she who listens can speak” ~ Dag Hammarskjold Join Swami Shankarananda Maharajji and the Gayathri Peedam Bhajan Group for a Sacred Mantra …

July 21, 2014
The Yoga-Co-Op are a group of 7 yogis and yoginis who have come together to create something beautiful within the Jozi Yoga Community. All the members of the co-op have an equal share in both the profits and the day-to-day …

July 18, 2014
Madiba followed three rules throughout his life which he did at great personal sacrifice:  Free yourself. Free others. Serve every day. HospiceWits would like to extend an invitation to all who would like to participate and give back 67 minutes.   …

July 18, 2014
[[youtube]http://youtu.be/FIfHqkJT9Eo[/youtube] For those who missed this interview on SABC 2 on “Health 365”, with Susan Sloan (Nia White Belt Trainer), have a look…..shows how Nia is not just a workout, it’s a lifestyle practice that takes you to live your …

July 11, 2014
Let your light shine: Guru Purnima is a day to celebrate the Guru, external and internal. It is a day when we pay homage and respect.  We acknowledge and give thanks to all those who help guide us along the …

July 11, 2014
Two monks had been walking in silence for many weeks on a pilgrimage to see their teacher. They came to a stream and discovered a young, quite beautiful woman stranded on their side wondering how to cross without being carried …

July 4, 2014
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July 3, 2014
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July 3, 2014
Kitchari Recipe Nourishing and fulfilling. A simple Indian stew of rice, red lentils, vegetables, and spices. It is easy to digest and assimilate. Preparation time: 30 minutes Cooking time: 30 – 40 minutes Serves: 5 Autumn, Winter

June 19, 2014

June 13, 2014
[youtube width=”400″ height=”300″]http://youtu.be/IOvmor-h2FE[/youtube] Ok, love the chanting!  

June 10, 2014
To be happier, everything you need is inside you.Take ownership of your happiness. You’ll focus on solutions instead of problems, find the gifts in life, and make peace with yourself. Don’t believe everything your mind tells you. You’ll question the validity of …

June 5, 2014
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June 1, 2014
Bi Polar Awareness Day 26 May Wonderful Interview By Ryan Edmonds, our model yogi and senior SADAG (South African Depression and Anxiety Group) counselor on News 24: Click above link to watch.

May 26, 2014

May 21, 2014
“I Meditate Africa” is a FREE campaign, powered by the Art of Living Foundation, aimed at promoting peace in Africa by encouraging the use of meditation as a mainstream peace building block for the continent. This collective meditation for Peace in Africa will held on the 25th May 2014 and …

May 15, 2014
Sooth, inspire and awaken your spirit: Autumnal healing presented by the YTF and ISHTA School of Yoga and Health. Facilitators Alice Hoeler and Peter Attwood guide you on a deep healing meditation using sounds created by Tibetan bowls and gongs. “Nothing exists …

April 27, 2014
I am an African. I owe my being to the hills and the valleys, the mountains and the glades, the rivers, the deserts, the trees, the flowers, the seas and the ever-changing seasons that define the face of our native …

April 9, 2014
The sun saluted this weekend with love and light over Mountain Shadows, and as this guesthouse’s name implies, is a breathtakingly sublime venue closely embraced by Paarl’s mountains. An estimated 350 yogis and their kids came together to share a …

March 25, 2014
We celebrate the life and contribution to yoga Jaya made in South Africa. Jaya anchored the roots of yoga in South Africa. Together with her guru, Swami Venkatesananda, (great friend and contemporary of Yogiraj Mani Finger) and Mani Finger’s student …

March 21, 2014
There is a Native American parable about a grandfather who says: “I feel as if I have two wolves fighting in my heart. One wolf is the vengeful, angry one. The other wolf is the loving, compassionate one.” When asked …

March 3, 2014
Wisdom of Babaji to wonderful rendition of mantra. www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYwmGWTWyEo Created by Laura De Giorgio and Marge De Vivo.

February 23, 2014
“Yoga is a balancing factor, a substratum across all of your life, so you do not get shifted in one direction or another. “It gives you freshness, gives you light, recharges your batteries. “You become a stable person. “You realise …

February 21, 2014
An Invitation to Wake Up to the Joy of Life! Come and listen to the mystic fountain of the ancient sages of humanity…. It flows through the body of Shibenduji; it has in each generation of his family since his …

February 17, 2014
We are love We are One We are how we treat each other when the day is done

February 17, 2014
Good quality, affordable eco-friendly yoga mats & accessories (bags and towels) from 3rd Planet.

February 10, 2014
Worth a visit. Loved the Mandala done at Jozi Lam Rim years ago.

February 9, 2014
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZAqvzjxQm0[/youtube] “Welcome the Divine Light”: Wonderful SA talent, unique crossover version of Gayatri Mantra incorporating Sanskrit and Arabic tradition by Yusuf Desertrose

February 3, 2014
Increases body awareness, motor skills and muscle tone Enhances flexibility and strength Allows children to express their feelings Encourages a healthy and active lifestyle Lifts anxiety and depression and aids in reducing stress Enhances concentration & attention span Teaches children …

January 29, 2014
Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson. Follow the three R’s: – Respect for self, – Respect for others and – Responsibility for all your actions.

January 29, 2014
Brings balance and harmony to the body, mind and spirit Helps with strength, flexibility, range of motion and balance Calms the mind, reduces stress and anxiety Revitalizes the body and mind Slows heart rate Lowers blood pressure Increases circulation Strengthens …

January 21, 2014
Om Gum Ganapatayei Namaha Om Guhm Guh-nuh-puh-tuh-yea Nah-mah-hah Om and salutations to Ganapati (Ganesha) The new year offers a chance to bring your deepest desires to life. But first you  have to find a path around the obstacles standing in …

December 13, 2013
Join George for an outdoor Yoga class at the Vista area overlooking Emmarentia Dam. Sunday 16.30 – 18.00 R80 RSVP asap George 0761858168; yognirv@gmail.com

December 13, 2013
May the wings of the butterfly kiss the sun and find your shoulder to light on – To bring you luck, happiness and riches – today, tomorrow and beyond. Irish Blessing

December 6, 2013
See our new page listing Yoga for Children Teachers : Click on Directory then Yoga for Children  

December 4, 2013
May all beings have happiness and the causes of happiness. May all beings be free from suffering and the causes of suffering. May all beings never be parted from freedom’s true joy. May all beings dwell in equanimity, free from …

December 4, 2013
We come to the end of another wonderful jampacked year of yoga, love & life. As always, there has been so much to learn and for which to be grateful. Have you any idea of what a comfort zone is, anymore? …

November 29, 2013
HospiceWits, The Star and Joburg Zoo, join forces once again for our Spectactular Tree of Light! Enjoy a summer evening picnic at the Zoo with family and friends, choirs, entertainment, and of course, the breath taking moment when we switch …

November 25, 2013
Words to ponder as the global community heeds the call for 16 Days of Non Violence against Women and Children. “The source of love is deep in us, and we can help others realize a lot of happiness. One word, …

November 22, 2013
AMURT (Ananda Marga Universal Relief Team) is one of the few private international voluntary organizations founded in India. Since its inception in 1965 its original objective was to help meet the needs of the affected population after disasters that regularly …

November 15, 2013
I love this presentation! Prepping for Eka Pada Galavasana Flying Crow.

November 13, 2013
When confronted with adversity, when the odds are stacked up against you, you can either stand aside helpless or do the best you can. A timeless message from Prof. Wangari Maathai – Africa’s first woman recipient of the Nobel Peace …

November 13, 2013
I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance, Never settle for the path of least resistance Livin’ might mean takin’ chances but they’re worth takin’, Lovin’ might be a mistake but it’s worth makin’, Don’t let some hell …

November 8, 2013
As the sun rose, a dew drop became aware of its surroundings. There it sat on a leaf, catching the sunlight and throwing it back out. Proud of its simple beauty, it was very content. Around it were other dew …

November 6, 2013
“We are travelers on a cosmic journey, stardust, swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal. We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share.This is a precious …

October 29, 2013
2013 – An Auspicious Year for SA Guide Dogs. Last couple of days to win great prizes (eg.Honda Brio) and help SA Guide Dogs Association in their last fundraising drive for the year.  Closing date 31 October.  Click here to support or buy …

October 28, 2013
Videos on evolution of consciousness, spirituality and the hero’s journey…Shafin de Zane

October 16, 2013
Bruce Masters is a Sivananda style Hatha yoga teacher and owner of Anantam Yoga Studio in Humerail, Port Elizabeth. Yoga stole me away from Tai Chi, not that it was for any lack in Tai Chi, but yoga had the …

October 16, 2013
“The paths to liberation are numerous, but the bank along the way is always the same, the Bank of Karma, where the liberation account of each of us is credited or debited depending on our actions.” Yann Martel – Life …

October 7, 2013
 Treat your colleagues, family, friends with respect, dignity, fairness, and courtesy. Pride yourself in the diversity of your experience, know that you have a lot to offer. Commit to creating+supporting a world free of discrimination, harassment and retaliation.  Have balance …

October 6, 2013
The FWC Hospice, situated in Hursthill, Johannesburg needs your support to enable us to purchase a desperately needed new ambulance for the collection of terminally ill patients. Our current vehicle used for this purpose is old and un-reliable, often failing to reach or return …

October 2, 2013
“When we speak of this inner discipline, it can of course involve many things, many methods. But generally speaking, one begins by identifying those factors which lead to happiness and those factors which lead to suffering. Having done this, one …

September 27, 2013
Hanco Du Bruyn, is a Yoga Teacher and founder of “Green Tree Yoga and Wellness”  Westdene, Bloemfontein. Hanco had been practicing yoga with DVD’s for 2 years when he met his first yoga teacher Cherryl Duncan of Living Yoga in …

September 20, 2013
Today I shall experience peace through positivity. I shall see that which is good in others and not think about that which is negative or hurtful. That is, I will see others in the way I would like them to …

September 16, 2013
Studies show that babies who don’t receive some form of compassionate touch are 78% less likely to survive infancy. Scientists, doctors and moms tell us that we should have at least 3 hugs a day. Hugs have an important medical benefit …

September 6, 2013
I have always been active and enjoyed the outdoors. However that almost ended when I was involved in a near-fatal car accident while on holiday resulting in a broken neck.  I was in and out of hospitable and had to …

September 2, 2013
Yoga is dedicating our entire life to self-transformation even as we go through our practical day-to-day- affairs. So what tickles you? What will enrich your life every moment and give you the happiness you heart longs for? Are you in …

September 2, 2013
Sunandaji brings Vedanta to SA youth: She shares the essence of Sanatana dharma, in a way that is real, understandable and sustainable. “Hatha Yoga, which is the discipline of the body and breathing techniques, it’s conducive for the development of higher …

August 26, 2013
“Yoga is like a deep well; one can draw water from its surface and quench one’s thirst, or one can, with effort, break the surface of the water and plunge into its depth where the cool waters are constantly fed …

August 21, 2013
20th/21st August: Aquarius Blue Full Moon has an extra bit of creative magic with the Sun in Leo. Blue Moon is the second Full Moon occurring in the same solar month, today it is at 28 degrees of Aquarius. (The next such moon will be June 2016.) …

August 14, 2013
“Time is the inexplicable raw material of everything. With it all is possible; without it nothing. The supply of time is truly a daily miracle, an affair genuinely astonishing when one examines it. You wake up in the morning, and …

August 14, 2013
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of Life. “It turns what we have into enough, and more. “It turns denial into acceptance,chaos to order, confusion to clarity. “It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger …

August 4, 2013
During a recent escape from the hustle and bustle of Gauteng, I found myself enjoying the most wonderful yoga class taught by Pat Williamson, in her studio aptly named the ‘ Yoga Hut’,  which is situated in the Monzi village …

August 4, 2013
My first taste of yoga was in a private class in a small town in Northern France but there’s no doubt at all that I was hooked from the very start.  I clearly  remember how grounded and calm I felt …

August 2, 2013
The Yoga Teachers’ Fellowship of South Africa with it’s full Directory of Teachers is recognised by the International Yoga Federation.

July 24, 2013
Guru Purnima is a day to celebrate the Guru, external and internal. It is a day when we pay homage and respect.  We acknowledge and give thanks to all those who help guide us along the path of remembrance. We …

July 22, 2013
Ensure personal stillness from a place of strength and even breath. We bring to awareness historical separations, discrimination, prejudices due to backgrounds, religious intolerance, racial issues and social unrest. We breath from our heart  to the heart of humanity acceptance, …

July 15, 2013
“Yoga is a dance of opposites. suppleness and strength relaxation and vigour, lifting and grounding, darkness and light, humour and seriousness, freedom and discipline” By Stephanie Pappas (Devalila Yoga Teacher)

July 15, 2013
Are you looking for a suitable project for your voluntary 67 minutes on 18 July? Dedicate your 67 minutes assisting in making up food parcels for needy children and contribute R67 or donate your amount.

July 11, 2013
“If there are dreams about a beautiful South Africa, there are also roads that lead to their goal. Two of these roads could be named Goodness and Forgiveness.” These wise words, attributed to Nelson Mandela, anti-apartheid revolutionary and politician, are so …

July 5, 2013
“An image reflected in a mirror, a rainbow in the sky and a painted scene make their impressions on the mind, but in essence are other than what they seem. Look deeply at the world and see an illusion” “a …

June 24, 2013
Tibetan heart Yoga guided by Mark & Marloes Joseph at Ishta school of Yoga, 22 June 2013 What an appropriate time for deep awareness and open heartedness to anchor the light of compassion. This is a wonderful meditation for moving beyond …

June 24, 2013
“At the still point of the turning world… there the dance is… Except for the point, the still point. There would be no dance, and there is only the dance.” T.S Eliot:- American publisher, playwright, literary/ social critic and major …

June 19, 2013
The arrival of autumn began to announce itself in the garden. The oaks and maples had slowly begun to strip themselves, dropping a leaf here and there on the green lawn surrounding the pond. A young couple, who used to …

June 16, 2013
To all the Fathers who help to shape our lives… Happy Fathers Day!

May 31, 2013
7 good pointers for integrating sadhana into lifestyle.Sustaining self practice or even becoming and staying fit may be a challenge. 1. Be Consistent: dedicate a set time and space for a routine  that suits your day. 2. Be inspired, passionate, mindful: Find …

May 29, 2013
Violence begets violence, rather than stop or prevent  violence. The vast majority of us are not making national economic policy or setting military strategy, yet we do encounter conflict every day of our lives. The first step, Retaliation,  the immediate reaction, …

May 27, 2013
Arm balances such as crow, side crow, peacock, flying pigeon, and eight angle (just to name a few), are a group of yoga poses that can be challenging, but they can also be fun! Floating or flying up into an arm balance doesn’t …

May 24, 2013
For those of us who love nothing more than a ” warm me up” pudding in winter! For the blueberry filling: 350g blueberries 125ml granulated sugar 30ml cake flour 15 – 30ml lemon juice pinch of salt

May 24, 2013
We all know that we are happier when we exercise. Even if a smile is fake after sometime you start to feel happy, maybe so will someone else! Similarly in your seated posture if you  lean forward & down, bend your …

May 17, 2013
Turn your eyes inward between the eyebrows and gaze on the shoreless lake of peace. Watch the eternal circle of rippling peace around. The more intently you watch, the more you will  feel the wavelets of peace spreading from the …

May 12, 2013
Want to see unconditional love in action? Watch any mother… Wishing you a special Mothers’ day. Lv M    

May 10, 2013
“Mind can accept any boundary anywhere. But the reality is that, by its very nature, existence cannot have any boundary, because what will be beyond the boundary? – again another sky. That’s why I am saying skies upon skies are …

May 10, 2013
New and Full Moons, called lunations, are key pivot points every month. They are periods of initiation and illumination, provoking action and spurring awareness. Eclipses are special lunations when shedding ego (solar) or habits (lunar) is a critical element required …

May 1, 2013
10 Top Tips for Global Love Day! 1. Make an intention to ‘Be the Love’ – to commit to love in thought, word or deed, to be more mindful about if you are in your heart and coming from a place …

April 29, 2013
“Love is our true essence. Love has no limitations of caste, religion, race, or nationality. We are all beads strung together on the same thread of love. To awaken this unity–and to spread to others the love that is our inherent …

April 23, 2013
Life has no interest in your losing. Life will not give you what you cannot handle. Life will always give you everything you need to handle what you are confronted with. Life will always support you in its way. If …

April 23, 2013
Interesting thoughts on Parenting  by Chrispher Nevill www.foundationsa.co.za. Treat them as you would like to be treated. Would you like a 4m tall giant yelling at you?

April 19, 2013
The Earth Day Network has announced the global theme for Earth Day 2013: The Face of Climate Change.Climate change can seem like a remote problem for many, but the fact is that it’s already impacting real people, animals, and beloved places all …

April 17, 2013
“The fact is that no species has ever had such wholesale control over everything on earth, living or dead, as we now have. That lays upon us, whether we like it or not, an awesome responsibility. In our hands now …

April 12, 2013
“Let us not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough, money can be got, but they need your hearts to love them. So, spread your love everywhere you go.” — Blessed Mother Teresa of Culcutta, Roman Catholic nun

April 8, 2013
Some things are worth repeating: wonderful words, music and visuals on this 2009 You Tube snippet. Hope you have the time to watch. Love, M

April 4, 2013
Abundance Onstage at TED2012, Peter Diamandis makes a case for optimism — that we’ll invent, innovate and create ways to solve the challenges that loom over us. “I’m not saying we don’t have our set of problems; we surely do. …

March 29, 2013
The first people to make chocolate were the ancient tribes of Mexico and Central America, including the Incas, Aztec and Mayans. They mixed ground cacao seeds with various seasonings to make a spicy, frothy drink which they called chocolatl. It …

March 20, 2013
Winter is just around the corner and it’s time to turn our attention to preparing our bodies so that they are in an optimal position to fight off those pesky colds and flus. With this in mind, think no further …

March 11, 2013
Yoga Centre in Qatar has posted this comment: Interested? Comment received from Aisha; E-mail Address: just2you80@hotmail.com: “looking for yoga business partner to work in a yoga center in Qatar as a partner”

March 8, 2013
Yoga has its seeds in the beginning of time, yet it still continues to evolve. It is a living, breathing art, inspired from the depths of nature. A rhythmic dance, movement synchronised with the flowing energy of breath and meditation, …

March 8, 2013
A human being is part of the whole called by us “the universe”, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of …

March 8, 2013
When women & men, of all ages, sizes, creeds & nationalities, come together and support one another, we can all find strength to rise to life’s challenges with courage and grace…To all us wonderful  mothers, wifes, sisters, daughters, friends…happy international womens …

March 4, 2013
[youtube]http://youtu.be/mHicpepKAOk[/youtube] Top up your energy by doing what you love. Remember the glass being half full or half empty? The metaphore at the end of this snippet goes way beyond…

March 4, 2013
  Once creation was complete, Parvati asked Lord Shiva which devotees and rituals pleased him most. The Lord replied that the 14th night of the new moon, in the dark fortnight during the month of Phalgun, is his most favourite …

February 22, 2013
The poet Rabindranath Tagore described the spiritual side of love in a single expression : “Love is the only reality and it is not a mere sentiment. It is the ultimate truth that lies at the heart of creation.” The gift …

February 22, 2013
www.world-yoga-day.org/cms/ Most studios support local feeding schemes, charities or do voluntary seva, however all donations are welcome! WYD 2013 will dedicate its efforts to support FIAN International drive to free the world from hunger.

February 21, 2013
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February 12, 2013
In the first of a series of articles on YTF Member’s Yoga Studios, this week we look at Johannesburg’s “The Heart of Yoga Studio”, the name of which conveniently ties in with February’s Heart theme. THE HEART OF YOGA STUDIO …

February 12, 2013
A strange passion is moving in my head. My heart has become a bird which searches through the skies every part of me goes in different directions Is it really so… that the one I love is everywhere? RUMI  

February 6, 2013
Beetroot is truly a food of the heart! Eating this colourful vegetable leads to an increase in nitric oxide in the blood – a gas which helps to widen blood vessels. This helps to lower blood pressure, which assists in …

February 5, 2013
As long as space endures,  as long as sentient beings exist, May I also abide, That I may heal with my heart The miseries of the world                           …

January 29, 2013
In the event that one is already succumbing to the old adage that “it takes nine days before most of our newly formed resolutions are broken” Swami Satyadharma offers us a path to forming a daily yoga practice in the …

January 26, 2013
  “Thoughts are like boomerangs” – Eileen Caddy “You make yourself and others suffer just as much when you take offense as when you give offense.” – Ken Keyes

January 26, 2013
What is your score for 2012? How many hates are you in debit for this coming year that have to be paid off in the form of anxiety, fear, worry, obligation, duty, shame and disgust?  For every hate that you …

January 20, 2013
Dear Members, Please note the following administrative points pertaining to the Fellowship for 2016. Annual subscription remains the same as last year – R350.00 for Full Membership and R250.00 for Associate Membership. Invoices will be sent to you via e-mail …

January 18, 2013
Dear Members, Welcome to a New Year ! The circle of 2012 is complete and we have now moved into a new twist in the ever moving spiral of our lives. As always, a new year heralds a time of …

December 8, 2012
  We wish you a time of great joy, love, laughter and peace. Those who are wise live according to their purpose. Their life gives meaning to everything they do. They do not live life by the clock, but instead …

December 7, 2012
There is so much hype around, much like the turn of the century, 2000. The doom and gloomers are again selling a survival kit list. One email I received said that President Zuma has built a bunker at his home …

December 1, 2012
The Jewel In the Lotus The power and beauty of the diamond connection of the heart and head. Last year we experienced the powerful awareness of 11-11-2011; on the 22nd Nov 2012 brought more numerological awareness : 22 combines the spiritual …

November 30, 2012
Hold your peace: Global energy focus on Co-creating Peace Meditation and final kick in the pants for this year: Full moon in Gemini and lunar eclipse with sun in Jupiter

November 28, 2012
Out of the Rolling Ocean, the Crowd by Walt Whitman Out of the rolling ocean, the crowd, came a drop gently to me, Whispering, I love you, before long I die, I have travel’d a long way, merely to look on you, …

November 28, 2012
It is with deep gratitude that I thank you for the beautiful Silent Retreat at Melody Hill. (read review, more below) Next retreat Jan 4 to 13, 2013 in Broedestroom Contact Dada Shiilabhadrananda :Tel No.: +27729404213, 011-6695087 (South Africa)i www.yogainjoburg.co.za;

November 22, 2012
[youtube]http://youtu.be/vcMnb997DUg[/youtube] All worlds are the effect of sound ( Alice Bailey ) Once emitted, a sound goes on eternally and travels through the cosmos,influencing all the beings it encounters. ( Patrick Bernhardt ) The Secret Music of the Soul

November 15, 2012
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October 31, 2012
A crisp,fresh Sunday morning, dew on the grass, the sky a clear blue just inviting us to be outside taking huge gulps of Prana laden air. Well, could we? Yes, of course we could!  And so it was that my …

October 28, 2012
Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things. Robert Brault Quotes

October 28, 2012

October 14, 2012
With the recent violent events that have unfolded in our infant democracy the ancient wisdom expressed by the Dalai Lama as presented in this beautiful movie has never been more pertinent.  www.GlobalLoveProject.com/Dalai-Lama 

October 13, 2012
Active listening “After silence, that which comes closest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” Aldous Huxley “Do you know that our soul is composed of harmony?” Leonardo daVinci Listen to this short, definitely worth spreading, TED talk on The Power of …

October 12, 2012
Join us to celebrate closure of this eventful, crazy year with fierce and uplifting yoga, meditation and community spirit. Programme offered remains the same. Apologies to all those who have expressed interest for tomorrow. Lv M

October 12, 2012

October 3, 2012
Positive Emotion List – Get Your Free Positive and Negative Emotions List Here. Watch video and get free list of emotions. Great for kiddies yoga – such fun….

October 1, 2012
Meditation is the state of harmony and flow we aspire to that goes beyond the original topic, irrespective of how noble – ie mantra, yantra, creative visualisation or concept. Meditation: Tolerance is open mindedness rather than avoidance of responsibility.

October 1, 2012
“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” ~Albert Schweitzer

October 1, 2012
I just watched an amazing movie: Your Life Certificate – What Story Are You Writing?. (Click to view, worth quick 2.09 min)

September 28, 2012
11.30 to 13.00 Advanced yoga Asana alla Ana Forrest with Mel Caslteman;  13.00 – 14.00 Vegan Lunch;   14.00 – 16.00 Kundalini Yoga Kriya & meditation on Senses of the Soul with Ravi at Ishta School of Yoga 121 Atholl Rd, Atholl

September 28, 2012
[youtube]http://youtu.be/kY9raEX1AJg[/youtube] I do like Stillpower instead of Willpower!

September 21, 2012
Peace Day Concert Live-Stream! 7.30pm BST (London Time) for LIVE-STREAMING of the Peace Day Concert from London’s Wembley Arena with Elton John, James Morrison, Jude Law, and others. www.globalloveproject.com/peace-day-concert-live-stream  

September 21, 2012
  “What thing about humanity surprises you the most?”  Question posed to  the Dalai Lama. His answer was as follows: “Man”. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices his money to recuperate his health! And then he is so anxious …

September 19, 2012
Auspicious Birthday of the Great Deity Ganesha,  For you to be able to enjoy this day to the fullest I have put together here below a list of Ganesha Mantra’s and their meanings for you to be able to invite …

August 29, 2012
We see a world where mankind and womankind have learned, beyond all doubt and distraction, that we, both individually and as a whole, are best served by creating a peaceful, compassionate, clean environment for ourselves to live and love in. …

August 20, 2012
Gyan Mudra: one of the most familiar hasta mudras (hand gestures), thumb and index finger brought together in gentle contact. It is understood that because of the tremendous flow of energy in our hands, bringing our hands into a mudra helps …

August 20, 2012
During this time of great change, yoga offers us some practical tools for healthy living, doable ways to integrate our yogic wisdom into everyday life. We can wake up joyfully, retire to restorative sleep nightly and live beneficially on a …

August 20, 2012
The Ten Paramitas are the ten perfections of the heart to cultivate in one’s practice of the Dhamma. Generosity, Ethics, Renunciation, Wisdom, Energy, Patience, Truthfulness, Determination, Loving-Kindness, Equanimity.

August 20, 2012
A Boat, Beneath a Sunny Sky by Lewis Carroll A boat, beneath a sunny sky Lingering onward dreamily In an evening of July— Children three that nestle near, Eager eye and willing ear, Pleased a simple tale to hear—

August 20, 2012
“Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary to what we know about nature.” Paulo Coehlo

August 18, 2012
This article is written by Bronnie Ware, a palliative care worker who has worked with many patients who were sadly seeing their last days on earth. When Bronnie asked the patients about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently, …

August 12, 2012
Happiness cannot be travelled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and harmony. Submitted by Sue Holloway Aug 12, 2011

July 23, 2012
“Love is our true essence. Love has no limitations of caste, religion, race, or nationality. We are all beads strung together on the same thread of love. To awaken this unity–and to spread to others the love that is our …

July 14, 2012
Meaning of Bodhisattva: Bodhi means enlightenment, the state devoid of all defects and endowed with all good qualities. Sattva refers to someone who has courage and confidence and who strives to attain enlightenment for the sake of all beings. Those who have …

July 6, 2012
Resting is an art.  We continually try to relax but don’t really know how to do it. Often we feel that we should do more important things first, so that we can enjoy a well deserved rest later.  But somehow …

July 4, 2012
Bernie Clark has been teaching yoga and meditation since 1998. He has a bachelor degree in Science from the University of Waterloo Vancouver, CA, and combines his intense interest in yoga with an understanding of the scientific approach. The Dragon Dance: …

July 4, 2012
“Meditation brings wisdom; lack of mediation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what holds you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom.” – Buddha “Music takes us out of the actual and whispers to us dim secrets that …

July 3, 2012
In the face of complaints, look that person in the eye and imagine what it might have been like to be raised to see only what is wrong. In the face of selfishness, wonder what it might be like to …

July 2, 2012
Guru Purnima Meditation for living in harmony with oneself, each other, and nature: Let’s send our coherent heart energy to the renewal of rainforests and animal species essential to the balance of Earth’s energetic fields and ecosystems. Visualize humanity and …

June 20, 2012
We are water,  We are air,  We are fire,  We are earth,  We are spirit. Known in each reflection, vision of life, In the call sounding. All one now. Hear us.

June 17, 2012
We honor our Father and celebrate the gift of life we received from him; the strength, courage, love and support of his presence, or the opportunities for growth by his absence. We are grateful for all our forefathers, those who played …

June 5, 2012
“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best …

June 4, 2012
Peaceful and releasing way of making each step we take along the journey of life, mindful, meaningful, healthy, effortless and elegant. Marguerite Osler, author of “The Art of Walking” on Radio 702 today (Mon 4 June) at 3pm when she is …

June 4, 2012
Radiate coherent love, care and compassion  to dissipate clouds of energetic density, (think of sunlight breaking through on a cloudy day) to comfort the heart and facilitate quicker adjustments to stress, shock, emotional disarray or any kind of trauma. This …

June 1, 2012
During winter the earth’s energy is withdrawn back into herself. It is a time of rest, storing and preparation. Rest from the bounty of the Autumnal harvest and preparation for the vitality of the coming Spring. This is a time …

May 21, 2012
To  paraphrase the poet William Blake, you can see the world in a grain of sand. Similarly, you can learn a great deal about all asanas by carefully studying one. We focus on Hanumasana to illustrate pose analysis, agonist/antagonist muscle pairs, …

May 18, 2012
The word “universe” means one song. Your every intention or heart’s desire is like a melody in nature’s symphony; all you have to do is sing your song. Rumi says,“I want to sing like birds sing, not worrying who listens …

May 18, 2012
We’re heading into eclipse season, with a Solar Eclipse at the New Moon on May 20, and a Lunar Eclipse at the Full Moon of June 4. These special events align the Sun, Moon and Earth with the lunar nodes, …

May 17, 2012
Mini meditation and mindfulness exercises: Radiate Joy Hi are u ready for a Magic Moment? They’re oh-so-simple, but very effective… Here’s the latest in this series: How do you feel right now? How do you think your face looks now? You probably …

May 17, 2012
1. Bless the experience and say thank you. 2. Be open to uncover any subconscious beliefs and programs potentially contributing to what you are experiencing that are ready to be healed, released, and replaced.

May 14, 2012
“Everyone with rare exception knows that you attract into your life a reflection of what you think. But you also attract into your life what you judge. If you think men are players, you attract players, if you think people …

May 13, 2012
“Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.” Author unknown Mothers are the threads within the fabric of life that weaves all of mankind together. Without a mother… we would not be; Without your mother… you would …

May 7, 2012
Lam Rim Eight Verses on Thought Transformation Is one of the most important texts on thought transformation, Lojong Tsigyema (Eight Verses on Thought Transformation). It was composed by Geshé Langri Tangba, who was a very unusual bodhisattva. His Holiness the Dalai …

May 7, 2012
Dalai Lama Quote of the Week When you are in a fluctuating state of mind, like when you are angry or have lost your temper, then it is good to bring back calmness by concentrating on breathing. Just count the …

May 7, 2012
Strive for progress, not perfection Smile, even when you have reason to complain Love learning The pleasure is in the journey or the process Know the difference between needs and wants It is never too late, start Now, small steps …

May 7, 2012
“Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon and the truth.” Buddha 6 May: Buddha Full Moon Scorpio Full Moon @ 16degree Scorpio; Sun @ 16degreeTaurus Mars ruler of the Moon @ 6 Virgo;  Venus ruler of the Sun @ …

April 23, 2012
An eight-week yoga intervention is associated with improvements in pain, psychological functioning and mindfulness, and changes in cortisol levels in women with fibromyalgia: 22   patients attended 75 minute yoga classes twice a week for 8 weeks were tested &

April 22, 2012
Let your footprint be one of love as you journey through life on earth. Tread lightly on the sacred ground, wherever you may be, it nourishes and sustains us. It provides an opportunity for us to love and play, to …

April 16, 2012
Yoga is Unity – it includes all traditional wisdom and modern styles to hold a perfect soul and an enlightened mind in a healthy body. Salient points pertaining to the main styles of Yoga: choose the style that serves you …

April 16, 2012
Finding a suitable teacher and the right teacher for you: When the student is ready, the guru appears. Self-Knowledge: Finding a teacher that best suites you – making beneficial choices that best suit you. “A wise coach guides and sustains our …

March 28, 2012
Blessings for Easter and everyday. May you be safe and happy. New YTF website is being repopulated with members’ details, articles and events. Back in the office 15 April 2012. Love, M

March 17, 2012
Learn to cook mindfully with the intention to be happy, healthy and full of energy: Hosted By Diego Baldi at the Waterfall Retreat Centre Practice Yoga and breathing techniques to gain body and mind balance. Learn the art of conscious …

March 8, 2012
The analytical, discriminatory (even critical) Virgo Full Moon encourages practicality, tensely opposing the imaginative Pisces Sun. It is further complicated by rational Mercury’s recent conjunction with wild Uranus, prompting spontaneity. Our dreams may be running wild, so it is smart to pause, breathe and act with caution.

March 5, 2012
We set our intention for the year: Gratitude for family and world in general; we harmonise our inner and outer world; align first and second chakras; express that balance and wisdom in action by sharing experiences that bring joy to others.

March 5, 2012
1. Great love and great achievements involve great risk. 2. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson. 3. Follow the three R’s: Respect for self, Respect for others and Responsibility for all your actions. 4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.

March 4, 2012
Charity Yoga Event – Outdoor Class to Support Women and Children in SA. Sunday March 4, 2012 JOHANNESBURG BOTANICAL GARDENS, EMMARENTIA Join us for an inspiring outdoor yoga class in the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens in Emmarentia in aid of local charity …

February 14, 2012
Neither the lover Nor the loved be, Be love. Wish you joy and unconditional love.

February 4, 2012
What is Yoga? Yoga is a combination of whole body exercise and stress release techniques which have been practiced for millennia. Yoga challenges the body and mind: re-shapes the body, centres the mind and is relaxing at the same time, …

January 23, 2012
3 Feb: Haum of Yoga, Fourways (06.00pm – 08.30pm) 5 Feb: Haum of Yoga, Pretoria (9.00am – 11.30am) Contact Haum of Yoga: info@haumofyoga.co.za; cell: 084 800 4444 11 Feb: Yoga Connection, Centurion (11.00 – 1.30pm) Call Charene at tel (012) 660 …

December 24, 2011
Give beyond reason, care beyond hope, love without limit; reach, stretch, and dream, notwithstanding any fears.

December 18, 2011
Meditation: Jim Ryan teaches meditation at the Brahma Kumaris Centre in London. This meditation is taken from his book Meditation: The 13 Pathways to Happiness. Visit www.bkpublications.com for more inspiration ranging from Food and Soul Vegetarian cookery book to Daily prayers; enquiries@bkpublications.com

December 2, 2011
“If there is light in the soul, there will be beauty in the person. If there is beauty in the person, there will be harmony in the house. If there is harmony in the house, there will be order in …

December 1, 2011
“Do not respond to anger. Where there is no love, do not go.Your purpose is to transmit love, not to convince, to expect that all will listen, understand, or be helped. Remember, you are serving unconditionally, without expectation.” Babaji

November 28, 2011
Vinyasa and Kundalini as taught by Yogi Bhajan.

November 18, 2011
Opposites provides a context to experience what is desired by first experiencing what is undesired as a sign that you are on the right path toward your chosen objective.

November 18, 2011
World Kindness Movement to intentionally and globally encourage  the spread random acts of kindness. Lets live every day in the spirit of kindness, it affords giver and recipient awesome upliftment, confidence, wisdom and joy. “A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.” ~ William …

October 29, 2011
A day of inspiration, community and balance! Two complete workshops generously lead by internationally trained, experienced yoginis… Enjoy a morning of yoga for your Ayurvedic type/dosha with Wendy Young that includes Hatha yoga movements to energise, regulate, calm or restore …

October 26, 2011
“Diwali” is a contraction of “Deepavali” or Divali, which translates into “row of lamps”. Diwali involves the lighting of small clay lamps  filled with oil to signify the triumph of good over evil.  The story behind Divali and the manner of celebration …

October 8, 2011
      Even after all this time.The sun never says to the earth “You owe Me”. Look what happens with a love like that, it lights the Whole Sky. (Hafiz)    

October 1, 2011
Nothing new for many of us! Try Taste Café  selection of deliciously substantial vegetarian pestos, quiches, pâtés, hummus, tapas, breads and cheeses to convince your friends and family that one day out of their week isn’t such a bad idea to …

August 23, 2011
It might seem like a far away dream to perform 108 Somayagyas around the world in the nations and areas that are under the harshest suffering but we would like to walk with you our dear friends and supporters on …

August 15, 2011
Happiness cannot be travelled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and harmony. Submitted by Sue Holloway

August 10, 2011
When was the last time you walked through a beautiful garden? If it’s been a while, we recommend that you do so – and, as you walk, imagine, for a moment, how this Earth would look to you if, long …

August 1, 2011
  What brings wonder and beauty to your life on a daily basis? You’ll need to be looking for it so that your soul can absorb it!

July 25, 2011
Swami Parthasarathy, of the Vedanta Cultural foundation, is a foremost thinker of our time. In this once-off public lecture, he will present the eternal principles of life and living that provide clarity of purpose and peace of mind.

July 15, 2011
Let’s start by connecting with our own heart’s love while breathing love and care in and out through our heart area…. Radiate love and care to everyone participating in this Care Focus. Imagine our interconnectedness as a network of light, …

July 13, 2011
  The Ten Paramitas are the ten perfections of the heart to cultivate in one’s practice of the Dhamma.

July 13, 2011
Little Soul and The Sun A Children’s Parable Adapted from Conversations With God By NEALE DONALD WALSCH Once upon no time there was a Little Soul who said to God, ” I know who I am!”And God said, “That’s wonderful! Who are you?”And …

June 25, 2011
This is a season of eclipses. It’s common to have a pair of them in a month, one lunar and one solar, but we are now in the midst of a group of three of them: a Solar Eclipse on June …

June 22, 2011
  “When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving through you, Joy.” Rumi

May 18, 2011
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZBmjhFhhmM[/youtube] Excellent free resource if you have the time & inclination: The Yoga Journal podcast,online yoga class by Kathryn Budig that provides intelligent, accessible, and effective yoga videos for students of all levels. In these yoga videos, Kathryn Budig provides …

May 13, 2011
The word “universe” means one song. Your every intention or heart’s desire is like a melody in nature’s symphony; all you have to do is sing your song. A Rumi poem says, “I want to sing like birds sing, not …

May 9, 2011
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=l7AWnfFRc7g[/youtube] RSA Animate – The Empathic Civilisation From: theRSAorg | May 06, 2010 | 931,088 views Bestselling author, political adviser and social and ethical prophet Jeremy Rifkin investigates the evolution of empathy and the profound ways that it has shaped …

May 9, 2011
Great to bring awareness and gratefulness to all levels of nurturing; how we are loved and supported as we walk our journey on mother earth. We celebrate our birth or adoptive mother and those mothering qualities that we encourage in our own lives bringing comfort …

May 9, 2011
Vesak or Visakah Puja (”Buddha Day”) Traditionally, Buddha’s Birthday is known as Vesak or Visakah Puja (Buddha’s Birthday Celebrations). Vesak is the major Buddhist festival of the year as it celebrates the birth, enlightenment and death of the Buddha on …

May 6, 2011
The Sandpiper. by Robert Peterson She was six years old when I first met her on the beach near where I live. I drive to this beach, a distance of three or four miles, whenever the world begins to close …

April 12, 2011
A Philosopher’s Notes By Brian Johnson. From what I can see, the essence of Optimal Living comes down to these 10 Principles: 1. Optimism. If we can’t tame that crazy, drunk monkey in our mind and shape the contents of …

March 25, 2011
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us most. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, …

March 4, 2011
Dalai Lama Quote of the Week from Lam Rim Bhuddist Centre. The difficulty with a purely materialistic interpretation of life is that, in addition to ignoring an entire dimension of the mind, it does not deal effectively with the problems …

January 31, 2011
The theme for this year is Peace Quotation: Peace is the Way Ten Steps to Peace Consciousness (taken from Peace is the Way, by Deepak Chopra) 1. Change doesn’t start on the surface. It’s generated from consciousness. This has been …

January 29, 2011
All our yoga asanas are in preparation for the physical stillness, the anchored balance and grounded mindful awareness that padmasana, full lotus sitting posture, affords.

December 14, 2010
New Moon at 14* Sagittarius occurs on Sunday, December 5, 2010 at 5:37 GMT/ 12:37 EST/ 9:37PST. After Scorpio, we are ready to quest for the meaning of what we just experienced and use the wisdom we gain to enlarge …

December 13, 2010
Ram Dass Transcript: Beyond Awakening, November 28, 2010 Internet interview regarding his new book: Be Love Now the soul is filled with love it doesn’t feel the fear.I register the situation the world situation and I feel that I’m going inside to manifest my peace I don’t get …

November 3, 2010
What an auspicious day! We have seen “Sundogs”  around the sun before. The halo or rainbow circle is formed when sunlight  refracts through high atmospheric Cirrus clouds,  made of tiny ice crystals, much like a prism. It’s usually a sign that rain is …

October 25, 2010
The power surge of a hot flash is pitta oriented: any over activity, stress or fatigue will aggravate blood vessels and nerve endings irritation. Oestrogen spikes and progesterone drops creating the vicious circle of adrenal exhaustion and lack of sleep …

October 8, 2010
Join us in celebrating Navaratri with Havan (fire ceremony) and Yajna (offering) for further purification: Starting 8th October 2010 and runs for 10 days. What is Navaratri? It is 9 nights of purifying your inner spiritual nature.

October 3, 2010
Beautiful reminder of what we, as yogis, already know!We all have extraordinary divinity within, discover it within yourself…and, of course, within every other person you see. (NB, it’s much easier to see divinity in others when we fully see it within …

September 13, 2010
We know how all berries are delicious and healthy; some less accessable berries like the coji and acerola are gettig attention.The acerola berry is found in North and South America – more the latter than the former because of the …

September 10, 2010
When we send out our thoughts, wishes, wants, desires or preferences, we are connecting with the universal matrix of life.We are all interconnected. Why are we surprised by political turmoil, wars or violence on our planet? As long as there …

June 25, 2010
Trusting yourself and the universe versus fear based protection.We all protect ourselves, in various ways, from being hurt – some use physical weight as body armour, or buy personal alarms, pepper spray, and security devices, while others withdraw into a …

May 5, 2010
Its founder, Leonard Orr, named the technique Rebirthing in the beginning of 1970. While taking a long, warm bath, he started having flashbacks from the time he was an embryo. The imperative need to immediately get out of the water, …

April 23, 2010
WHY BE INTUITIVE? BY JIM SELF “Look…what you do is very interesting,” someone recently said to me. “But I have a life to live and I really can’t see myself as a professional psychic. Madame Ruby is just not me. …

April 19, 2010
 Our journey into this world begins with a tiny bit of information wrapped up in DNA.  It is through our need, force and passion that we are able to manifest ourselves into this world.It is the same with anything we …

April 17, 2010
When your body is vigorous, Your mind clear, Your spirit exalted, Your blood pure,Your nerves disciplined,Your physique resistant to disease,When you have made your physical frame an instrument Worthy of the Divine Player, THIS IS THE BEGINNING OF YOGA When …

April 16, 2010
Your deepest desire: To experience what Chopra refers to as the “spontaneous fulfillment of desire” in every moment, means letting go of old ideas and embracing the present with love and enthusiasm. Chopra does not believe in meaningless coincidences. “Miracles happen every …

April 16, 2010
Don’t be trapped by dogma–which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. Most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. Everything else is secondary”.  Steve Jobs, founder of …

April 16, 2010
The Top 10 Steps to a Successful Life By Lynn A. Robinson 1. Make your intuition your ally.How does your intuition speak to you? Do you receive information in words, feelings, a body sensation? Do you just know? Ask your …

April 14, 2010
Give Life to Your Experience: Extract from a Lecture by Yogiraj Mani Finger We try all day to create happiness and freedom from suffering in our lives, but so often, in one fell swoop, act not only as the creator, …

April 7, 2010
The thought manifest as the word; The word manifests as the deed; The deed develops into habit; And habit hardens into character; So watch the thought and its ways with care, And let it spring from love born out of concern for all beings…As …

March 16, 2010
“I like to use the term alchemy, which is the soul of the world, or those of Jung’s collective unconscious. You connect with a space where everything is.” – Paulo Coelho, Brazilian lyricist and novelist

March 16, 2010
Why not skip the chocolate bar and make your own hot chocolate using organic cocoa powder, almond milk and lo han or stevia.  Edward Martin revealed the benefits of chocolate – every woman’s dream come true.Dr Wright of Health Bytes answers …

March 16, 2010
Health,Wealth and Love is your Divine Inheritance,“Claim it” Once you become enlightened, you will no longer try to run your life from your limited perceptions of life and reality. You will find that the entire universe moves through you. Synchronicities become a …

March 16, 2010
If only 5% of the world’s population becomes enlightened, life conditions on our planet will change over night.The idea is that when you have a certain number of people holding a ‘higher’ state of consciousness, what we call a ‘critical …

March 15, 2010
Want to save the planet? Eat less meat and dairy by David Gutierrez, staff writer (NaturalNews) The British government has released major recommendations for a diet that is good for both the planet and human health, and reducing consumption of …

March 12, 2010
Taken from newly updated book: Redefine Your Reality – Awaken To Light, by Shafin de Zane I’d like to tell you about the role of patience when living a spiritual life. In the very beginning, let me clarify that this …

February 7, 2010
“I didn’t actually start practicing yoga until two years, eight nightclub jobs and countless parties later. I liked yoga at first because of how it made my body feel, but within a few short years, yoga infiltrated every part of …

February 3, 2010
Note: Although this was written in response to the recent quake in Haiti, this healing information is helpful for any difficult situation, anywhere, anytime. Do large-scale disasters seem overwhelming to you?  You can learn to face your fears, and you …

January 20, 2010
On behalf of the Yoga Teachers’ Fellowship, I wish to express our deepest sympathies for the passing of Sam Busa, this morning, Tuesday 19 January 2010. He died peacefully at Hospice Houghton, surrounded by his loved ones. To his immediate family and …

January 15, 2010
The practice of yoga offers solutions to all types of stress, including social anxiety.Whilst any yoga program can help ease social anxiety, these three poses are especially helpful. Crocodile Pose: This is a deceptively simple posture that can deliver dramatic benefits. Relax …

January 1, 2010
If there is one fragment of my being that I haven’t accepted or forgiven, I will find that  fragment in you. You will mirror, precisely, that part of me that needs my love and attention  the most. ”Love each other as …

December 24, 2009
The grace and charm of a 3 Universal year like 2010 can be either a gift or a pitfall — this year it will undoubtedly be both, alternating at wildly fun to unpredictable moments as numerology and astrology interact to …

December 24, 2009
“Once in a Blue Moon” A Blue Moon is the infrequent second Full Moon in a single month. Usually 72 years will elapse between Blue Moons. This powerful eclipse will issue in a six-month period when we will learn to embrace emotionally …

December 24, 2009
From Y2K catastrophes to the coming of the rapture in 2001 to a 2007 nuclear war, it seems like every year there is a different prediction for the end of existence. And yet, here we are, long past these previously …

December 23, 2009
“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.” Dalai Lama May all beings have happiness and the cause of happiness.May all beings be free from sorrow and the causes of sorrow. May all never be separated …

December 17, 2009
Go upside down to find the inside out! The best kept anti-ageing secret known to man, inverted poses are not only gravity defying, they help oxygenate the blood in the brain and clear space for new ideas in the mind, …

December 12, 2009
According to astrologers, the ‘Kumbh Fair’ takes place when the planet Jupiter enters Aquarius and the Sun enters Aries. Kumbha (Kumbha means pot) Mela (means fair) is a sacred Hindu pilgrimage. It takes place at the following four locations of …

December 10, 2009
Every action, no matter how big or small, can make a difference. 16 days of Activism against abuse: The global campaign of 16 Days of Activism focuses on ending gender violence and abuse against children.

December 6, 2009
Paramahamsa Satyananda Saraswati takes Mahasamadhi: The passing of a great soul Swami took mahasamadhi on 5th December 2009, in Rikhia, India. According to reports , he was found in padmasana and his last words to Swami Shivpur Saraswati were: “I see flowers from the …

November 23, 2009
Where any of you fortunate enough to experience the “Madam Zingara” theatrical show? The opening act started with the Gayatri mantra; it was Partner Yoga, slow, beautiful, perfect – yet it was a circus show. Initially I was horrified. Here …

November 3, 2009
Our eyes need regular exercise in order to keep them healthy, just like any other muscle in the body. We take it for granted that our eyes will deteriorate and that we will eventually need glasses or contact lenses. This …

October 16, 2009
Visualization is powerful tool. It is so rewarding to use the skill to visualize, as part of our daily routine. Visualization is a process of giving directions to the unconscious mind. It is estimated that 90 percent of our minds are …

October 15, 2009
What if you could somehow shift time in your favor, gather up a few moments here, an hour there, and use it any way you like? Would you be willing? We all would like that and there is a way …

October 15, 2009
PHASES OF THE MOON – Universal time (for SAST add 2 hours) NEW MOON to 1ST QUARTER: sow, transplant, bud and graft 2ND QUARTER: sow, transplant, bud and graft FULL MOON: plough, cultivate, weed and reap 4TH QUARTER: plough, cultivate, weed …

October 15, 2009
It is said that if life hands you something of value like lemons, you should then create what is possible from that given value, like by making lemonade. You can’t go and make orange juice if you are handed lemons. …

October 5, 2009
People often ask about meditation music. “Is there any good music to meditate by; is there any music that helps you de-stress, calm down and relax? Sure, and if that’s your definition of “meditation music”. All sorts of instrumental music fits the …

September 24, 2009
Q&A with Paramahamsa Niranjanananda Question: For nine years I have been practising yoga with intensity, but I am still caught by passions and attachments to the pleasures of life, and this makes me suffer because I would like to feel …

September 21, 2009
Libra September 22-October 21: If you’re suddenly in the mood for more romance in your life, it’s because we’re entering the time of Libra, a sociable Air sign, ruled by Venus, the planet of love. Sharing and relating in partnerships and …

September 4, 2009
Satyananda Yoga uses practices in a traditional way, asanas (postures) to balance the body and mind through the physical body, pranayama (breathing practices) to work on the energy body (equated with Ki or Chi in other systems), and meditation to calm and focus the …

August 19, 2009
  “Words are mere bubbles of water, but deeds are drops of gold.”  

August 9, 2009
Our journey into this world begins with a tiny bit of information wrapped up in DNA.  It is through our need, force and passion that we are able to manifest ourselves into this world. Energy fields – called the chakras …

August 6, 2009
From eve of the 5th to 6th  August 2009  early morning, sun rays will be blocked from reaching our Aquarius full moon, by the earth and its shadow. The science of astronomy tells us about celestial placements and orbital paths. Astronomy …

July 29, 2009
 “The last of the human freedoms is to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances.” – Victor Frankl (26 March, 1905 – 2 September, 1997), Austrian neurologist, psychiatrist, well known holocaust survivor and founder of Logotherapy

July 21, 2009
“To be in time is to be asleep : to be awake is to be in eternity.” Osho also known as Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (11 December, 1931 – 19 January, 1990), Indian professor of philosophy, public speaker, mystic and spiritual teacher.

July 21, 2009
A Total Solar Eclipse will take place tomorrow, Wednesday, July 22, 2009 and will be visible in a narrow corridor through northern India, eastern Nepal, northern Bangladesh, Bhutan, the northern tip of Myanmar, central China and the Pacific Ocean, including the Ryukyu …

July 20, 2009
” Hatha Yoga Shatkarmas (cleansing techniques) open the door to the immense treasure of energy that remains dormant within each human being”. Indigestion is  a deeper problem than most of us realize. Problems sprout and grow in the digestive tract …

July 20, 2009
Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania are studying this Kundalini Yoga exercise to determine whether and how it creates actual changes in the brain. While waiting for definitive research results, you can do your own study at home and see …

July 20, 2009
Give Life to Your Experience: Extract from a Lecture by Swami Mani Finger We try all day to create happiness and freedom from suffering in our lives, but so often, in one fell swoop, act not only as the creator, …

July 20, 2009
“Life is a paradise for those who love many things with a passion.” – Leo Buscaglia

July 20, 2009
Winnie Young –  Founder of the Young Yoga Institute in 1975 At the age of 54 Winnie Young lost her husband Charles Young, and of necessity started writing freelance for a local Daily. When doing an article on Betty, Durban’s …

July 17, 2009
Ishta : target, aim or final goal – the ultimate unity, our life purpose. As individuals, each with our own “fingerprint” we turn within to find the ideal, the sanskrit word is Ishta, by understanding the similarities or oneness of mankind, …

July 13, 2009
On behalf of the Yoga Teachers’ Fellowship, I wish to express our deepest sympathies for the passing of Monica Fairall, this morning. To her immediate family and the yoga community, condolences; we share in your loss. We honour and acknowledge Monica for her …

July 7, 2009
“Invest 1 percent of each day’s time in you and the other 99 percent will benefit” Colin Turner. Professor University of Ulster, Consultant This translates into 12 minutes of your waking hours which is exactly how much time you need …

July 2, 2009
Written by Sakti Singh Das,  Thursday, 15 March 2007 My Real Boss is my Real Best Friend The Lord is my real Boss, and I shall not want anyone for that matter. He gives me peace, when chaos is all …

June 30, 2009
Upping your Compassion Quotient requires being in your heart, not in your head. Here are a few key steps: Do you reach out to someone you know who is suffering in silence and take them to get help? Do you …

June 22, 2009
I learned that if people understand, they will help. I also had the opportunity to experience what Abraham Maslow described as synergy. There is no good reason for people to not support each other. The competitive and non-supportive nature of our …

June 20, 2009
We are entering the astrological sign of Cancer, from June 21 through July 21, when emotional ties take priority. Cancer is a water sign that represents the mother in us all. To be in the flow of this nurturing energy, we …

June 14, 2009
Jupiter retrograde: From June 15 – October 12, 2009, Jupiter, the planet of spiritual beliefs, will be in retrograde. Because retrogrades beam a spotlight on your inner life, this is the perfect time to evaluate and improve your connection to Source, …

June 10, 2009
Heres to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can …

June 10, 2009
Japa Yoga is the yoga of mindful recitation. It can also be described as repetitive prayer. In Japa Yoga, certain mantras (such as Om) or a name of God are repeated in accordance with specific rules. The mantras or name …

June 10, 2009
Hatha Yoga, also called ‘forceful yoga’, is a physically demanding path of yoga based on body-bending yoga poses (asanas), cleansing techniques (shat karmas), breath control (pranayama), locks (bandhas) and seals (mudras). It is thought that by perfecting the body, creating …

June 4, 2009
‘May today there be peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be.May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others.May you use the gifts that you …

June 2, 2009
Composed by Swami Vivekananda in 1895 Wake up the note! the song that had its birth Far off, where worldly taint could never reach In mountain caves, and glades of forest deep, Whose calm no sigh for lust or wealth …

May 18, 2009
Submitted by Swami Kamala Kamalavidya S.A. Satyananda School :www.satyanandaschool.co.za Introduction: Standing here with these papers (reference taken from Past, Present, and Future Consolidated History of the Bihar School of Yoga) in my hand makes me feel humble to introduce such …

May 6, 2009
Finding a suitable yoga teacher for you. The yogic lifestyle and philosophy encourages taking responsibility for oneself. Being proactive rather than only reactive is an opportunity to take control of our life, we don’t feel like victims. The choices we …

May 2, 2009
When things go wrong as they sometimes will, When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill, When the funds are low and the debts are high, When you want to smile but you have to sigh, When care is pressing …

May 1, 2009
One Sun for Everyone “One Sun. One Soul. One Self. No you, no me,  just Divinity.”

February 3, 2009
A man needs the silence to turn to his soul and listen to sounds of the birds. His goal is to find he is part of the Whole, that speaks in a voice without words.  Oh man, if you would …

March 24, 2008
Kirtan is the calling, the crying, the reaching across infinite space – digging into the heart’s deepest well to touch and be touched by the Divine Presence. Kirtan is singing over and over the many names of God and the …

March 4, 2002
PATHWAYS TO PEACE SYMPOSIUM:  In August 2002 South Africans have the rare chance to meet a truly extraordinary Humanitarian, Peace Activist and Spiritual Master – Paramahans Swami Maheshwarananda, simply known as Swamiji. Swamiji is one of the worlds most revered and …