In yoga, we settle the mind by moving the body though the "8 limbs" of practice: asana (physical practice), pranayama (breath practice), yamas & niyamas (inner and outer observances) amoung other simple yet complex practices (pratyahara, dharana, dyana, samadhi).  But "yoga" doesn't have to include all of them, all the time. I taught a yoga nidra class (deep relaxation and meditation) recently and someone asked when we would "do the yoga part". It's a common misconception that it's not yoga if you're not in a warrior 2 position at some point. Sometimes your yoga can be the mindfulness you espouse during the day. Mindful of your thoughts, what you eat, how you interact with people...taking your yoga off the mat is more important to me than if you...

What are Crystal Alchemy Singing Bowls?

I know, "crystal alchemy" sounds kind of foreign right? I first learned about this type of healing when my oldest daughter was in preschool, many years ago. In this case, the crystal refers to the quartz in the bowls and the alchemy refers to the process of transformation, creation, or combination in their use.

Her class started early and I usually found myself in the library to pass the time. I read a book called, "The Healing Power of Sound" by Mitchell Gaynor, and was fascinated by the Harvard-trained doctor and his take on healing. A patient of his (who used singing bowls during his cancer treatment) opened a new door for the Western trained doc who quickly saw the benefits...

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