International Yoga Day: Controversies, responses and Why Yoga?


Well being has nothing to do with your belief system.  If your cholesterol is in the right limit, it is so because your body is working fine.  Not because you believe if Climate Change is real or not, or if god is a woman or man.  Chemicals in your brain, the electrical circuitry of your nervous system and the hormonal cocktail of your organs works best when in harmony and does so irrespective whether you are Rightist, Leftist, Right-of-Center, Left-of-Center, Fringe Right or Fringe left.  Tha … [Read more...]

Yoga has nothing to do with Beliefs, it’s about Transformation!


When San Diego Superior Court Judge John Meyer asked the question "What is Religion?" in context of the trial on Yoga, he stepped into an area that is completely foreign to Americans and most Westerners.The greatest tragedy in mankind has been the concept of Religion.  And, its primacy in things to do with Divine.No one has really "seen" God.  People have simply experienced the ultimate experience that one can have or imagine as a human being.  And, if it was superlative enough, we cal … [Read more...]

What is Yoga? (Sadhguru)

The word yoga means literally means "union" or "to merge". More than a set of physical postures or exercises, Sadhguru defines yoga as a science to determine the nature of who you are and what you want to be.  Sadhguru explains that yoga means to liberate yourself from that information which determines who you are right now. If you can distance yourself from this information, then you're moving into yoga.A great series on Yoga.  To learn more about Sadhguru and Isha Foundation, please go to I … [Read more...]

Scientific Studies and Health Benefits of Yoga

Yoga has many benefits to health.  Many scientific studies have been done in these areas.  Here is a good infographic showing the benefits (along with the links from where the information has been taken).  You can click on the infographic for a larger view.Image courtesy: Alison Hinks Yoga  Related articles from External SourcesYoga Babies What Do You Think of Facial Yoga? Yoga Buzz: Yoga Sequences Can't Be Copyrighted Slow down the yoga way..try Yin Yoga! Your First Time... Tr … [Read more...]

Religious Expansion: Vatican, Western Politics and the Antagonism to Hinduism and Eastern Spirituality

Yoga is Satanic because it leads to a worship of Hinduism and “all eastern religions are based on a false belief in reincarnation”.So proclaims the Chief Exorcist of the Vatican, Father Gabriele Amorth. He is known for many interesting things:He has performed 70,000 exorcisms from 1986 to 2010. That makes it 8 exorcisms a day for 24 years consecutively, every day of the those 24 years! By his own admission, it takes anything between few minutes to several hours to do an exorcism. Won … [Read more...]

For the Ones Who Came

Up, up into Blindingly white light We soar, The wings of our plane Piercing bounteous billowing lovely Cloudscapes washed with hues of Alabaster And moonstoneCloudscapes collecting, Storing for later – for showering – Plenteous, shining raindrops onto The thirsty land belowMine it is to imbibe Gorgeous gratitude For those who came, For those who shared Her gift—Vanda’s gift— Expansion, inner space, freedomFor those who from their “separate” lives came Together, to re-Create Uni … [Read more...]

Yoga, the Crown Jewel of India: Threads of Connection, Part 5

The 1990's brought seminal changes in my life, unforeseen developments that emerged from some force outside my planning, imagination, or control. All of this was in perfection, now that I see it in hindsight. At the time, though, walking through these challenging events felt mostly disruptive to a life plan I had believed to be already carved out. I was required by the insistence of spiritual guidance moving deeply within to go with the flow, and each time I rebelled at the speed of the current … [Read more...]

Strange connections – Body Magnetism, Electric Currents and our World

At the moment, you're the current astrological equivalent of a magnet, so there'll be no refusing you and no way for them to win an argument. So announced my horoscope on the My Yahoo Portal for my stars today. If this was all just mumbo jumbo I would have let it go. But then my friend, DK Matai, also sent along an interesting article about the Magnetic fields which originate in human beings.While the first time that "Biomagnetism" was measured was in 1963, it is still not conclusively known … [Read more...]