Shayanasana - Taking a more "relaxed stance"

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Shayanasana - Taking a more "relaxed stance"

This posture is called Śhayanāsana. Shayana means "resting" “reclined” or “lying down” and when combined with asana it translates as something like a "relaxed stance."

Now, if you have ever tried this posture, you will know it is anything but relaxing! ...

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Bhairava the Frightful One

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Bhairava the Frightful One

This asana is called Bhairavasana - meaning the "position of Bhairava." It is Halloween tonight, and as children wander around the streets dressed up in costume, I am reminded of one of the most terrifying forms of Rudra or Shiva in his manifestation as Bhairava.

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Kali and Yama - Time and Dissolution

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Kali and Yama - Time and Dissolution

In the hands of the fear provoking goddess, Kali, who personifies the irreproachable sovereignty of Time, the ‘danda’ signifies her inexorable power and destructive impulse. She holds the ability to both give life and destroy it...

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Guru Purnima

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Guru Purnima

 There was power in his look and at the same time a sense of penetrating peace. Most of all I miss the all-encompassing sense of surrender I experienced when in his presence. Not only surrender to him as a guide, but more then that, it was a sense of letting go into God, something greater then any one individual. He was like the finger pointing at the moon. 

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Pranayama: Expansion of Energy

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Pranayama: Expansion of Energy

The mind and the breath are said to arise from the same Source, and so to learn specific methods for controlling the breath can lead directly back to this Source. Thus, gaining control over the breath is a means to achieve mastery over the mind.

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