Navaratri and the Golden Age of the Devi

I asked Amma Sri Karunamayi in my Heart – how do I truly honor the Divine Feminine? This question, of course, was inspired by the current presidential election in the United States when we finally may have a woman in the position of Commander-in-Chief.  Fact is the Divine Feminine has been quite suppressed by the patriarchy […]

3 Yoga Steps for Achieving your Goals

If I ever feel that my goals are unachievable, difficult or just plain impossible, it is because my mind is cluttered and filled with distractions.  I now use the agitated or anxious mind as a trigger to practice more yoga, more sadhana.  The practice of Yoga sadhana is a de-cluttering of the mind.  It is a smoothing out […]

Sukhasana: The Posture of Ease & Sadhana

Yoga Illumined certified teacher Michelle Widmer suggested we add a Pose or Asana of the Month along with a Theme of the Month for www.yogaillumined.com.  And I thought this a brilliant suggestion.  I love tying them to each other.  The pose of the month is Sukhasana – “Sukha” means ease, joy, freedom, sweetness.  Our Theme of […]

Sadhana – Spiritual Practices of Yoga

When you read Iyengar’s “Light on Yoga” – a beautiful adaptation of the Hatha Yoga Pradipika for modern-day yoga practitioners, you’ll often see the word “sadhaka.”  This word implies the person doing the practice of Sadhana – the spiritual disciplines of Yoga.  In our world today, yoga has become a very fashionable series of exercises […]

Yoga Illumined Studio is Opening in Austin

Zoe Mantarakis and I are excited to announce the opening of Yoga Illumined Studio in Austin, Texas in January, 2015! ADDRESS:  3801 South Congress Street Suite 111 – near Alpine Road and next to St. Edward’s University Stay tuned for more details !!!  

Tips for the Fall – Yoga Illumined Ayurveda

Suddenly, it’s the Fall season.  The air is drier, cooler and jackets and sweaters come out of storage.  How can you feel better as you transition from hot Summer to dry Fall?  Kerry Meath-Sinkin and I discuss a few tips for feeling better and keeping yourself nourished in the Fall:   Here’s what we discuss: […]

Gayatri Mantra with Sumukhi

Sumukhi of Yoga Illumined chants the Gayatri Mantra, a very sacred Vedic mantra used in Agni Hotra or fire ceremony. Oṃ bhūr bhuvaḥ svaḥ tát savitúr váreṇ(i)yaṃ bhárgo devásya dhīmahi dhíyo yó naḥ prachodáyāt ॐ भूर्भुवः॒ स्वः । तत्स॑वितुर्वरे॑णियं(तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यं) । भ॒र्गो॑ दे॒वस्य॑ धीमहि । धियो॒ यो नः॑ प्रचो॒दया॑त् ॥ Devanagari from Wikipedia. Translation: OM. Earth. […]

Togetherness Mantra with Sumukhi

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Chant with me: Om Saha Navavatu Saha Nau Bhunaktu Saha Viryam Karavavahai Tejasvi Na Vadhitam Astu Ma Vivisavahai Om shantih, shantih, shantih May we work together in peace. May we work together in peace for the good of our mental, physical and spiritual bodies; for the good of the environment; for the good of all […]

How to Make Ghee

by Sumukhi Kristina Lanuza I have had a life-long relationship and passion for health, healing and medicine.  Kerry Meath-Sinkin is a great friend and Ayurvedic practitioner who has truly made Ayurveda – the ancient science of health and healing from India – accessible and useful in my everyday life.  The results of my daily Ayurvedic […]

Yoga: Tips for Beginners

by Sumukhi Kristina Lanuza I’ve been on this Yoga path for a while now but I always like to take it back to the Beginner’s mind, back to basics, back to simplicity.  I’ll never forget the first few yoga classes I took and how it all felt somehow familiar and yet, new.  So here are […]

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