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Steady Eyes, Steady Mind

Yoga and meditation go hand in hand, in fact Yoga can be viewed as a type of meditation. When practicing the postures, we aim to stay in the present moment, with awareness of the body and mind. This can be challenging as our minds...

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A Temple Within

The spiritual path can often feel like a never-ending Pandora’s Box; shedding layers only to find new ones to make peace with and let go of, only to realise that layer was concealing another one, which was hiding another, and so the chaos continues. ...

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Mindful or Full Mind?

‘Mindfulness’ is an ancient practice extremely current at this present moment in time.  With mental health conditions on the up and a declining success rate of anti-depressants, we have an increasing urgency to remedy this epidemic. In Buddhism, the intrinsic cycle of human suffering...

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A Meditation on Meditation

‘Meditation’ is a word that conjures an array of images; the yogi frozen in lotus position for innumerable hours; the Zen master capable of emptying the mind completely of thought; the meditator who dare not crack a smile during a ten-day silent retreat. While...

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Change & Transformation

Jyoti Mantra   Asato ma sat gamaya Tamaso ma jyotir gamaya Mrityor ma amritam gamaya   Lead me from the unreal to the real; Lead me from darkness into light; From death to immortality   This is a wish that many of us have...

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Jumping Out Of The Comfort Zone

 Change is inevitable, simply because nothing lasts forever. An ice-cream, a headache, a holiday, an exam – whatever it is, it will be over sooner or later. This can sometimes be difficult to accept, how can you enjoy your ice-cream when each bite is...

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Power Sequence

Here is a well rounded 30 minute core-strengthening practice to keep the flow of health and joy going.   You can hold each position for 5 breaths unless it is specified otherwise. If you have more/less than 30 minutes you can hold for shorter/longer....

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Yoga, Meditation & Giving Back in Cambodia

Cambodia still finds itself a hotspot for backpackers, and those seeking out a history-rich, temple-hopping, tranquil beach destination. Yet it can be difficult to go beyond the temple exteriors to witness a deeper glimpse into Buddhist spirituality and the beautiful Cambodian spirit.   A yoga...

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Check Your Balance

No we are not talking about your bank account – this article introduces a simple, yet powerful system of medicine from ancient India, and explains how it can be used to improve your health and well-being. Before continuing, it is important to point out...

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Trust Yourself

Do you think about the life you live? What is your purpose? Do we even have a purpose? If so how are you meant to find out what yours is? If not then what are we even doing here? What does it all mean?...

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Chakra Check-Up

Not only do the Chakras correspond to physical positions in the body, they also relate to aspects of our psychological, emotional, social and spiritual well-being. By answering the questions below you will be able to determine which of your Chakras are balanced, and which you...

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How To Be Unhappy

Just imagine what an awful place the world would be if we were all happy the whole time. For a start it would be terrible for the economy: nobody would need to buy endless consumer products, distract themselves with TV and video games, or numb...

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Which Style Of Yoga Is Right For Me?

Yoga is a powerful spiritual system, developed over 2500 years ago to bring the mind and body into harmony and eradicate suffering. The poses we associate with modern Yoga were developed much later, as a means of preparing the body for deep meditation without...

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Meditation: Why Bother?

Sitting for an extended period of time, doing nothing other than focusing your breath or another object, may seem like an unusual thing to do. Many of us have limited free time, so surely it would be better to use it for something more...

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Doing Time Doing Vipassana

This week at the Vagabond Temple, we screened an inspirational documentary about the introduction of a Vipassana Meditation program in one of India’s most notorious prisons. It was incredible to see the transformational effect that the meditation had on both the prisoners and guards....

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What Is Reiki?

Reiki is a energy healing  and spiritual system that was re-discovered by Dr. Mikao Usui. The origins for the re-emergence of Reiki lie in the curiosity of one man determined to understand how the ancient healers of the various religions could physically heal their...

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Yoga As A Way of Life

When we truly face the reality of our life, we realize that our life is not optimal – it is not even close to the best life we could have. Our potential is not being fulfilled. With more self-awareness in life, we come to...

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The True Yoga Asana

Yoga can create freedom of the body and mind. It is a spiritual path that helps us to find refuge, discover our true self and experience what life really means. The most well known aspect of yoga is asana which means posture, specifically a...

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