Why This 53-Year-Old Shares Her Yoga Photos Online


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Listen, I know that yoga is not for everyone, and I also realize that yoga is not just a series of contortions. I don’t just practice asanas, although I enjoy them tremendously. I also indulge in Yoga Nidra and meditation. Other physical forms of yoga I practice regularly are Vinyasa, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, and sometimes, Aerial Yoga.





In INNER KNOWLEDGE by Erik Pema Kunsang

One hundred eight,
as beads on a mala,
one for each of the 108 intrinsic aspect of awakened mind.

One hundred eight,
one bead for each activity of distorted mind.
One for every deep method of transformation.

One hundred eight,
one each for distinctly different self-resounding dancers,
dancing points of light within the subtle body.
One for each of the sublime peaceful and wrathful deities.

As you gently move each bead through your fingers,
let each bead be a reminder that every state of mind is by nature pure.
Let the touch of each bead affirm the self-existing mandala of incarnated existence.
Let each bead be the drop-off point where dualistic mind waves goodbye
before vanishing into the vastness of wakeful knowing.

A cord runs invisibly through each bead.
Through every moment of human experience, invisibly,
is the space of wakeful knowing.
It continues beyond beginning, beyond end,
in you, me and everyone,
from the biggest to the smallest,
without exception.

One bead ties one hundred eight together.
One person in our life confirms certainty.
It’s called the guru bead.
The outer guru shows you the way of wakeful knowing, beyond duality.
The ultimate guru is the wakeful knowing that knows itself.

Holding the sacred mala is a profound gesture of taking charge of our life,
in this wonderful amazing world,
the magical net,
the essence of secrets,
the mystery beyond compare.

Reposted from: http://levekunst.com/one-hundred-eight/

About the Author

Erik Pema Kunsang

Erik Pema Kunsang

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Translator of ancient Buddhist scriptures, author, bridge-builder to modern life, Buddhist teacher & meditation instructor. Co-founder of LEVEKUNST art of life. Erik’s website.

Painting of the Hundred Peaceful and Wrathful Deities.
Featured image by Alexander Husum.

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Yoga and Meditation Detox for the New Year




This time of year is filled with self-indulgence as we enjoy the good times of Christmas and New Year! Guilt-free, we celebrate every single moment with our loved ones, family, and friends. With New Year’s Eve on the horizon, let’s not forget the parties and the booze that often accompanies such occasions!

New Year, New Start

Soon enough, however, your body will start to let you know that it could use some fine tuning. You may start to feel sluggish and bloated, break out, and lose your oomph for life. Add to that the post-New Year’s Eve hangover from hell slowing you down even more.

Our bodies are designed to engage in detoxification every single day, however from time to time we all need a gentle nudge in the right direction. This is why we love to start each New Year with a clean slate. Detoxes, cleanses, you name it—it is the perfect time to become your healthiest, most authentic self.

Enter Yoga

To start detoxing, you don’t need to commit to weeks of sipping on just green juice. Simply roll out your trusted mat and the yoga poses below will stimulate your circulatory, digestive, and lymphatic systems, helping you rid your body of waste and toxins!

In addition to the physical benefits, yoga can also provide mental clarity. The calming and centering aspects of yoga are essential for an all-over detox for your mind and body, helping release physical, mental, and emotional toxicity.

In our yoga practice, each new breath is a new moment: you can restart any time, all the time. Pranayama literally means extension of life force or vital energy (breath). Yoga helps you remain in the present, moving forward, never looking back.

Benefits of a New Year Yoga Detox

  • Increased energy and passion for life
  • Improved sleep patterns
  • Balanced hormones
  • Improved digestion
  • Weight loss and increased libido
  • Glowing skin and shiny hair
  • Feeling fabulously wonderful every single day

These poses will leave you feeling spacious and ready to take on 2015 with a renewed zest and passion for life. You can pick out a few yoga poses to detox mildly, or practice them as a sequence any time you need a cleansing.

1. Wide-Legged Forward Bend


A great pose for opening tight hamstrings, allowing your head to fall below your heart. This pose also reverses the pull of gravity, encouraging circulation of blood throughout the body. The folding motion squeezes the belly which also moves things along for digestion.

Credit: Caroline Layzell

Modification: From a Wide-Legged Forward Bend, take left hand to right ankle or shin, reach right hand toward the ceiling, and lean back, opening your heart to the side of your mat. Breathe for five deep breaths, then repeat on the other side.

2. Revolved Chair Pose

Credit: Caroline Layzell

This kickass pose strengthens your lower legs, and makes your quads and glutes feel as though they’re on fire! This deep twist is also excellent for aiding digestion as you feel the gentle pressure on your kidneys, liver, and spleen that stimulates the removal of toxins, while toning your abdominal wall.

It stimulates the heart, improving circulation in the blood, respiratory, and lymphatic systems, and relieves mental and physical sluggishness!

Modification: Start in Chair Pose, bringing hands together at heart centre. Take a big inhale to lengthen spine, and exhale to twist to the right, taking left elbow outside of right thigh. Inhale to center and exhale to twist to left. Repeat this sequence five times on each side.

3. Three-Legged Downward-Facing Dog Pose


Holding your head below your heart and your leg lifted in the air in this variation of Downward Dog encourages blood to circulate throughout the body, as well as move fluid to the lymph nodes. This pose can also be very relaxing, which can help in mental detox as well as releasing stress, fear, and sadness.

4. Revolved Triangle Pose

This pose stretches and opens the chest, lungs, shoulders, and spine, increasing lung capacity. The revolved motion stimulates abdominal organs, aiding digestion and circulation, releasing stress and anxiety, and energizing the body and mind.

5. Locust Pose

Locust Pose

This pose strengthens the entire back of the body, opens the heart, and encourages good posture. The pressure on your abdomen also encourages digestion, which stimulates the release of those things that no longer serve you.

Modification: If this pose is uncomfortable, Half Locust is a great alternative.

6. Plow Pose

Plow Pose

Plow Pose strengthens and stretches the back muscles, aligning the spine and improving your posture, stimulating the abdominal organs, ovaries, bladder, and kidney, and relieving digestive issues. It also increases metabolism and tones the abdominal wall.

7. Bound Headstand


Another pose where your heart is above your head, Bound Headstand strengthens the entire musculoskeletal system, while providing more efficient circulation caused by a fresh delivery of blood to the heart.

It stimulates the thyroid glands, which increases metabolism, stimulates the nervous, digestive, and respiratory systems, and releases toxins effectively from the body, not to mention changing your perspective on life by literally turning you upside down!

This pose is typically held 10 breaths or longer. Focusing on deep breaths clears out carbon dioxide from the lungs.

8. Spine Twist

A twist will not only leave you feeling energized and focused, but will also give you mental clarity, relieve stress and deep tension, and detoxify your entire system by primarily massaging your internal organs, encouraging the elimination of toxins.

When you release your twist, fresh blood and nutrients rush back into your digestive organs, helping nourish and support them. Stay in Supine Twist for at least five deep breaths, then repeat on other side. Even better—bring some Yin into your world and hold it for two to three minutes on each side!

I hope this sequence will make you feel inspired and motivated to become the happiest, healthiest, most fabulous version of yourself in 2015. Enjoy!


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“I had bought a mala about a year ago. However, I had never really been serious about making use of it, and it just sort of sat around. Many things were not going my way, and I was suffering from depression. This depression had me isolate myself from friends, and made me unwilling to try to connect with new people or join groups. I would go to my apartment right after my classes had finished, not seeing anyone or talking to anyone the rest of the day. One day a good friend of mine invited me to have lunch with her, which I decided to go to. During our conversation, in which we were catching up, my friend jokingly suggested that I must have had some kind of terrible luck with all the events that were unfolding in my life. It then struck me at that moment that it was a matter of karma, not bad luck. The next thought that came through my head, was well… how does one reduce the bad karma? Ah yes, the mala that I’ve had lying around for awhile! It was that night that I began my practice using the om mani padme hum mantra. I began slow, just one round of the mala beads that night. The next day I could feel something different in not only my state of being, but my environment, everything felt a bit lighter. The following night I ramped it up to three rounds and also set some intentions prior to the mala meditation. The following day, everything seemed even lighter, and I felt a sense of wellness, peacefulness, and bliss. It had been quite a while since I have had these feelings, and I was astonished! Everyday seemed to get better and better. The negative events that were happening ever-so-often in my life had stopped. People seemed friendlier, and things started to go forward in a much better direction. It had been a few weeks that I had been practicing my mala meditation, with the intentions I had set. For some reason it dawned on me to look up the music ensembles in my university. I was attracted to one called Mayupatapi, an andean music ensemble. At the time I had no idea why I was so attracted to this group and felt a general sense of excitement at the thought of joining. Right away I emailed the instructor of the group and was welcomed in. It was in this group that I found the most amazing, loving people that I share so much in common with. This was one of my intentions, to find a group of loving people that I can be around with. Since then I have opened up (I used to be quite shy). The little things that used to bother me, no longer do. I no longer suffer from any type of depression. I constantly encounter positive people and events. My life has changed, and I am ever so grateful.”


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This beautiful mala material originates from Alaska. The color range is creamy ivory with brown outer skin. Fossilized Walrus Ivory is excellent for inlay, cabochons, bead-making and carving. One of the few types of ivory available today that does not endanger a living animal; it is found in melting glaciers in Alaska and the Siberian tundra, and comes from either walrus, mastodon or mammoth that were sacrificed for food and tools in ancient times, when they were not in any ecological danger. Prehistorically, this material was utilized by the Eskimo to make tools and utensils; from harpoons to sled runners, ivory was considered a gift from the gods.
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Turquoise: Turquoise is known as a master healer stone, with the ability to repair physical injury, mental strife and even past life trauma. Turquoise healing properties promote communication and will help solve petty arguments and resolve hostilities. It can also help people who wear it to gain wisdom. Turquoise healing properties can even protect the wearer from harm by absorbing negative influences.

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