Yoga Category

As we explored in my last YEM: Yoga as Energy Medicine article, “Follow The Wave In Your Spine”, there is a natural wave-like impulse that flows through our spine. It exists within us all, at any given moment. It is the pulse of life itself. Due to the effect of gravity and the way we identify with our habits, we hold tension in our tissue, electrical and nervous systems. When newborn, our bodies/beings are highly receptive to growth. We breathe with life with greater co-creative fluidity. With age, we tendRead More

Posted On November 17, 2016By Parvati MagazineIn December 2016 - Enduring, Yoga, Yoga

Yoga: SmartFlow, with Annie Carpenter

Ella Isakov, Yoga Editor: It’s a pleasure to interview Annie Carpenter, a yoga teacher based in California who has dedicated her life to the study, practice and sharing of her love of yoga, meditation and living one’s truth. Inspiring words on the path to freedom, seeking your authenticity and cultivating gratitude through a dedicated practice. Parvati Magazine: You discovered dance and yoga in your teens, how did they complement each other? How did they each encompass the “expression of the soul” for you? Annie Carpenter: Yoga and dance are inherentlyRead More
Parvati Magazine’s yoga editor Ella Isakov interviewed the dedicated, forthright and passionate yoga teacher Alexandria Crow, who shared wisdom on how to stay committed to truth and integrity in the yoga community. Parvati Magazine: As a former gymnast, you saw similarities in the physical demands, but the practices are completely different. What gift has yoga given you that was missing in gymnastics? Alexandria Crow: Yoga gave me the ability to accept things as they are without the need to chase perfection. I was great at enduring pain in gymnastics soRead More
It would have been easy to feel sorry for myself when I became paralyzed from the waist down due to a spontaneous spinal cord injury. Yet, I know that there is nothing in life that is “against me”. All that happens supports my spiritual growth in some way. Instead of undergoing the medically recommended spinal surgery that would give me a 50% chance of walking again, I chose instead to dive into my inner healing cave and trust what I knew about yoga, energy medicine and nature co-creation (working inRead More
Breathe in. Feel the aliveness in that breath. Exhale and feel how, through your breath, you are vastly interconnected to all of life. Through your breath, you quickly can feel profoundly interconnected with the dance of life. Every breath we take is in harmony with a breathing universe that pulses and flows just as our in and out breaths do. It is as if everything that is exists within one giant lung. The pumping of our hearts and the shifts in the tissue that makes up our bodies are inRead More
In our busy lives, it is essential to our health and well being to take time each day to center, unwind and renew. YEM: Yoga as Energy Medicine is a form of Hatha Yoga that uniquely combines yoga poses with chi-energy work to cultivate a life rooted in joy, ease and abundance. In YEM, we see the body as a vehicle for vital, life-force energy. Through mindful breathing, energy work and subtle attention to yoga poses, YEM shows us how to let our body become receptive to life-force energy. WeRead More
Parvati Magazine’s yoga editor Ella Isakov interviewed iRest founder, yoga teacher and psychologist Richard Miller. Parvati Magazine: You discovered yoga in the 1970’s, and spent years, as a clinical psychologist, researching the effects of integrating eastern and western philosophy to help people with trauma, PTSD, and chronic pain, and founded the IRest program. Through the IRest program, what would be the first step to healing? Richard Miller: The primary step is teaching people how to welcome themselves. How to be with themselves just as they are without trying to fixRead More

Posted On July 17, 2016By Parvati MagazineIn August 2016 - Mission, Yoga

Yoga: The Flowering Body, by Parvati Devi

A hatha yoga practice flowers from the inside out. It is never about how it looks from the outside in. Life itself grows from within. We often get caught up into thinking that the source of love we all want to experience is somewhere outside. So we push and pull at the moment, wanting to be somewhere else. All the while, the fullness of love we wish to find has been quietly waiting for our fluttering minds to grow quiet. In stillness, we see that love is like a seedRead More
When I came back from India, my psychic senses were so alive that I could not take a bus or sit beside someone as I felt completely overwhelmed. I would know what happened to them when they were six or what would happen at 86. An Ayurvedic doctor said I was like a hi-fi stereo on volume ten. I had sensory overload and my dials were up too high. The psychic doors had blown open. I needed to learn how to turn down the volume and master the lock onRead More
During my year in India, I ignorantly approached my desire for spiritual awakening with the fervour of an ambitious young architect. As a consequence, I blew open my psychic field and was challenged to find the balanced link (or yoga) between spirit and matter. Nine months of intense burning fevers and long periods of spiritual bliss fuelled by intensive sadhana (spiritual practice) awoke subtle energies and connected me to “otherness”. A neophyte along the path, I thought spirit and matter were separate. I wanted to meet God. And to me,Read More