Wellness Category

I recently did a castor oil cleanse to address excess vata in my body and improve circulation. (It’s also said to be excellent for clearing up skin conditions.) I tracked the changes in my body, but have also learned about the cleansing process itself. I have realized that the cleansing process is a sacred one that must be done with more gentleness and preparedness than I have done it. I have often viewed cleanses as trials in discipline, and I have gotten a sense of accomplishment from their completion. ButRead More
Mike (Keval) Brooker is a longtime yoga practitioner who also has Asperger syndrome, a condition that affects social interaction and can often contribute to a feeling of stuckness. We interviewed him to find out how yoga helps him with getting unstuck. The name Keval, by the way, means “whole” or “absolute”. Parvati Magazine: In your own words, what is Asperger’s? Keval Brooker: It’s a form of autism, part of the ASD (autism spectrum disorders). I feel it is like having a major part missing. I feel frustration that I don’tRead More
(Continued from Positive Possibilities Living: What Is Emotional Pain?) Being present is a balance between focused attention on what is directly happening now, and broad awareness that this moment is part of a vast, intelligent unfolding, of which we are an integral part. Practice I invite you to take a quiet moment and check in with yourself. Find a relaxed place where you feel safe and undisturbed. Close your eyes and lie back, or sit quietly with a relaxed gaze. Breathe deeply, several long breaths. Allow your awareness to moveRead More
Much of Earth emerges from winter through warming temperatures and the melting of a snow blanket. The climate that kept plant life asleep underground since autumn begins to lift its cooling breath, inviting new life to return. First stirrings of plants’ energy for renewal begins well beneath the surface, where the eye cannot observe but where we trust that it occurs. All of life mirrors itself, “as within, so without”. Throughout life’s journey, our minds and bodies reflect a similar process of awakening beneath the surface, long before our logicalRead More
I literally laughed out loud when I saw the topic for this month’s article. Even the best of us fall off the wagon sometimes, and I have been stuck in many ways the past several weeks. Workouts were sporadic at best. My eating was… well, let’s just say there is plenty of room for improvement, and not mention my affair with coconut cappuccino ice cream! This stuck mode was even stalling my relationship with my man. I wanted to discuss a topic with him for weeks, but didn’t bring itRead More
Editor’s note: We felt this article was ideal for this month’s issue as the flow of maple sap (or other tree saps) is a perfect expression of getting unstuck: starch stored in the tree’s roots for the winter flows upwards with the first thaws of spring. There is nothing that tastes quite like the promise of spring than sap straight from a tapped maple tree. The cool, refreshing and slightly sweet taste can cleanse the palate and awaken the mind from months of hibernation. Filled with minerals such as potassium,Read More
We’re in the last leg of winter, and if you are like me, your skin has taken quite the battering from the cold, dry season. Solution? A homemade scrub made with sugar and olive oil? Hmmm… A once-over with my limp shower puff? Nuh-uh. It’s time to bring out the heavy-weight of exfoliation: dry brushing. There is a time for gentleness, and a time to take charge – and when we reach the end of winter and prepare ourselves for glorious spring is when we need some real renewal. ForRead More
When I think of love and yoga, one word comes to mind: bhakti. There are four primary yogic paths: karma, bhakti, raja and jnana yoga. All yogic paths lead to the same goal, that is, union with the Divine. However the various paths suit those of different temperaments and those with various life approaches. This diversity offers spiritual aspirants the opportunity to find a natural, fitting spiritual practice. It feels to me, as I attempt to put words to paper, that writing about bhakti yoga would best be done inRead More
Self-love is different from self-confidence or having a strong self-esteem, though they can be related. We are self-confident when we feel certitude in our ability to discern or act. Self-esteem involves a quiet assurance in our place within the whole, a feeling of being a valuable and welcome part of the universe. Self-love involves the ability to treat ourselves with understanding, kindness, patience and gentle perseverance. Deeper still, self-love involves our ability to know that our true nature is love and that our human destiny is to embody that loveRead More

Posted On January 17, 2012By Parvati MagazineIn February 2012 - Love, Wellness

Wellness: Flower Essences, by Pranada Devi

One of the great fallacies plaguing human thinking in this age is the intellectual notion that our physical form only responds to what happens on the gross, visible level. This kind of thinking is actually a form of defeatism, of victim mentality writ large, in which unexplained physical ailments happen “TO me” in an uncompassionate universe. It is an attitude that feeds the ego’s sense of separation. But every being on the planet, and the planet itself, is interconnected beyond any intellectual understanding. In this interconnection, not only the actionsRead More