Today, Nov. 18, is Tirumalai Krishnamacharya’s birthday.
The teacher of not only Pattabhi Jois, aka Guruji, and B.K.S. Iyengar, he’s another who seems to prove that practice, practice, practice, and long life is coming.
Krishnamacharya (the grandfather of ALL yoga that you see out there these days) was born November 18, 1888.
As an expression of gratitude here are a few things I’ve learned from him, without ever knowing him, and that inspire me daily:
Messenger of Yoga
As a teacher he kept a low profile but that did not mean he stopped propagating the message of yoga, he just did it wisely. Matter of fact, when A.G. Mohan was to go onto a yoga conference in the 70’s that was the direct advise that Krishnamacharya gave him: “Propagate Yoga Wisely”
He was picky of the students he took on because he knew that they would reflect on him and wanted more than anything to please the wishes of his guru Bramacharya, who asked him to go into the world and propagate yoga. That he did.
Every yoga teacher out there has been influenced by Krishnamacharya whether we know it or not.
He took Yoga seriously and practiced all his life.
Krishnamacharya inspires me to get on the mat everyday. His determined eye gaze seems to pervade all around the place where I practice, I know he is watching!
love, #k 🙂
Beautiful Mala necklaces hold a special significance for the wearer based on where they’re from, the power imbibed into them. All in all we feel and experience an energy resonance while holding the beads and this increases over time as we wear and use them for meditation.
Traditionally a mala means garland and has 108 beads strung together and one guru bead, in the very center, symbolic of the light and the teacher who helps lift our awareness making us self-reliant and independent. The guru bead is also a marker for your fingers during meditation and mantra repetition and you’ll feel it easily while using the mala with your eyes closed.
A common way to use the mala is to engage in a japa, or mantra meditation. The repetitive recitation of a single sound, such as om, a few words, such as om so ham, or your personal mantra which can be deeply transformative is done once per bead. Tracing the beads of the mala with your fingers can help you keep track of japa, and you can set an intention to repeat one, two or three malas per day as a start.
Similar to praying with rosary beads, meditating with a mala helps calm the mind, deepens the breath and gradually re-directs focus of the mind away from daily worries and towards positive and spiritual thought patterns.
Meditation is well known to positively affects the brain and mood. However finding the time and practice that enables us to be still, calm and focused for 10 minutes or more is generally quite challenging. This is where your mala and mantra are essential tools for achieving better attention, wellness and enhanced self-awareness.
Check out our online jewelry boutique. We feature three different types of malas.
love, k 🙂
All new moons symbolize new beginnings, and with the moon in Libra known for a charming nature, love of beauty, and sense of balance, we’ll notice its influence in our approach to love, romance, and healing.
Happy New Moon!
Here are 3 Top reasons why we are looking forward to attending the Sat Nam Fest:
1) MUSIC: World renowned musicians such as Snatam Kaur, Mirabai Ceiba, Simrit, Ajeet Kaur, Aykanna, and Jai-Jagadeesh all encompass the healing power of the sound current Naam. They perform passionate concerts that uplift and inspire.
2) LIKE-MINDED SOULS: The Kundalini community is one of the strongest yoga communities in the world; practitioners deeply connect with each other through yoga practices, sadhana, and seva (selfless service). During the festival chanting the mantras and practicing the kriyas together, personal individual efforts are amplified to create a beautiful and powerful healing group energy.
3) YOGA: Sat Nam Fest West expects to see more than 1,000 people this year. With 3 stages, there will be opportunity for everyone to jump into the vortex. You’ll see a lot of people wearing white, but there’s no dress code. Wearing white is a part of the technology of Kundalini yoga. It boosts your aura and helps you feel radiant. Spirit Voyage suggests bringing something to cover your head during meditation, but it’s not required. It’s best to wear what brings you joy and elevates you!
Gurdwara, you will need to cover your head as a part of the tradition. Covering the head helps to raise the Kundalini energy up the spine, makes meditation more effective, keeps you grounded when you’re doing a TON of powerful pranayama and chanting, it makes many of us feel great! Kundalini yoga can be done by beginners and yogis at any level. There are often things that a beginner won’t be able to do…but you just do the best you can. If you can’t get into a pose, don’t worry… just do your best. Kundalini yoga is very non-competitive and is just about your personal, private experience. You definitely will be able to enjoy the yoga in Ramdesh’s relaxation workshop with Ashana. She’ll be doing lots of gentle movement and lie-flat-on-your-back relaxing gentleness. But most of all jump in and have fun no matter which class you opt for!
Clairvoyance is the ability to see clearly with your inner eye. Many people regard clairvoyance with some ambivalence: either they dismiss it as a clever trick developed from an ability to read subtle body language and facial expressions, or they view it with a measure of awe, as some magical gift that’s only attainable to some.
The truth is that we are all clairvoyant. Recognizing and developing your intuitive abilities has many down-to-earth uses in one’s life. In today’s culture, we have access to more information than ever before. Much of it is true for someone, but it may not be accurate for you. Understanding and applying your intuitive abilities to discern your truth from that which is not true for you lead to a greater awareness of your own internal skills and abilities.
Employing your intuitive abilities is as natural as breathing or eating. By making it a part of your conscious mode of operation, you will become more aligned with who you are. You will discover how capable you are by opening and developing your intuition and other spiritual abilities which will allow you to see and experience yourself more completely.
love, k 🙂
Happy Full Moon! A super blood wolf moon occurs when a total lunar eclipse happens during a full moon, according to Space.com. Since this one’s in January, it’s traditionally called the wolf moon. Native Americans came up with this term because “it appeared when wolves howled in hunger outside the villages. It’s called a blood moon because the rays of the sun could color it so that the moon appears red.
The super blood wolf moon will fit right into your good vibes only lifestyle. People will feel passionate and emotional. Part of this passion and emotion is connected to what your beliefs are about what is right for humanity.
That may mean you find yourself gravitating towards feeling strongly about getting back to following your path and the things that bring you personal joy. There will be a drive to make some readjustments in your life and you”ll want to do what makes you happy.
love, k 🙂
As India celebrates its 72nd Independence Day on August 15, Indians across the world are all excited for this important day.
Indians including celebrities are sharing what freedom means to them and how they define independence on this historic day. On the eve of the Independence Day, people on social media paid tributes to those who fought and made the supreme sacrifice to free the country from the British Raj. While others marked the occasion with patriotic songs and dance.
And as the celebrations for the historic day begins, here is how people on social media are observing this day.
How is it celebrated?
It is celebrated with a day off and with great color in what is probably the most spectacular national day in the world.
There are many religious celebrations across India.
It is also marked among those who migrated to western countries like Britain.
The India tricolour flag is raised and the Prime Minister gives a speech.
India has always been close to my heart, so in spirit I wish everyone from India and who is Indian a Happy India Independence day!
love, k ❤