Conscious Living

"Ho, Mitakuye Oyasin", "We are all related" - We say in the Native American tradition, specifically Lakota language...And indeed we are....But, in today's fast-paced, high-tech society when we want everything NOW and are constantly urged on by media marketing about what we NEED and WANT and MUST HAVE....our central focus often becomes ourselves - our families...and what we absolutely need to get by on a day to day basis. But what do we really NEED? How our actions affect not only the other people around us - but also the earth we share - often becomes lost to us. The decisions we make on a daily basis from the coffee we buy and brew each morning, to the car we drive to work, to the clothes

Supta Baddha Konasana

(Photo taken by Wakia Hayward at Body in Motion Fitness studio in Crownsville, MD) *Note: None of the below advice is intended as medical advice! This is my all-time favorite go-to yoga pose. There are many ways to support yourself in this pose. In the photo here I am demonstrating my favorite way - using a thick round bolster with a block underneath to prop it up on an incline and a block under each knee to prop the legs open like a book (notice the slight angle inwards of the blocks - this is my favorite way - play with block height & angle to make yourself comfortable). I'm also using an eye pillow to block out any light. If you don't have bolsters at home, you could stack a couple of fir

Brahmacarya - A feminist perspective

Brahmacarya (pronounced: Brahmacharya) - celibacy/continence (self control/restraint) - right use of energy (conservation). I saved the 4th Yama for last... Brahmacharya... Self-Control. Many people interpret brahmacarya as "Celibacy" in the strictest sense. Others interpret it as "right relationship" - restraint. It literally means, "behavior which leads to Brahman" or "directing our energy away from external desires and towards Brahman or the Divine Energy of the Creator/Higher Power". I love what B.K.S. Iyengar had to say about it in his "Light on Life": "Sexual self-control is something else. I always wanted a wife and family. I also wanted to be a yogi. In all Indian tradition there h

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