Categorized as: Philosophy

Movie Review: Breath of the Gods

How did yoga transform from the isolated ancient wandering tradition of Indian ascetics to its popular modern incarnation as flowing asana in yoga studios across America and the world? The answer lays primarily in the life of one man, Tirumalai Krishnamacharya.

Movie Review: Ram Dass, Going Home

Somehow, by embracing the fleeting reality of life, Ram Dass has become empowered to create an environment and routine unburdened by inconsequential details. The world that we get to see in this film is carefully curated by a man who is aware of his limited time on Earth and who chooses to occupy his hours with only what he finds to be spiritually

5 Star Movie Reviews by Astika: Pather Panchali

Radiant in its depiction of an authentic life, alive to both joy and sorrow, flowing across the screen like a bright cloud in a stormy sky, Pather Panchali (The Song of the Road) became an international sensation almost from the day of its release. 65 years later it is still a top 100, if not a top 20, film of all time. And this was Satyajit Ray's

The Healing Power of Crystals

Everything and everyone is made of energy. Gross Energy is energy that moves slower than the speed of light - that which we can readily see, touch and feel - like our own physical body. Subtle Energy is energy that moves faster than the speed of light and is undetectable to the normal seeing eye - like our thoughts, feelings, emotions, intuition

On Santosha and Being Happy

One of the foundational principles of yoga is the practice of santosha. It means being content with what is. It does not mean being apathetic but instead finding satisfaction in doing your best, giving your all to any given situation or relationship and then realizing that you can't control all outcomes.

Finding Synchronicity with Meditation

My nephew recently asked me what I had learned from all my years of meditation. I answered him in one word: synchronicity. Synchronicity is the connection, the link between our psychic self: the realm of our mind, emotions and unconsciousness, and the physical world around us.

Climbing the Stairway of Emotion

“Emotion,” to quote Sri Chinmoy, “tells us that the ever-increasing life energy is constantly flowing through us.” We all know the power of emotion. It colors our view of the world and ourselves. When it comes down to my thoughts versus my feelings, I find, emotions prevail 99% of the time. Gratitude, on the scale of emotions, ranks towards

An Interconnected World

Our lives are dependent upon our environment. Awareness and actions based on an understanding of this interconnectedness, this web of life of which we are a part, will bring personal happiness and help solve the challenges that society faces.

Enjoying a Silence Flooded Trance

By Sujantra McKeever Here at our yoga studio in San Diego I hear an endless stream of music designed to create a calm and peaceful environment for yoga and meditation. I listen carefully because when I find the right music for leading a yoga class or meditation class it is an invaluable find. Monk Party […]

The Original Mother’s Day

Written By: Sujantra “She is the giver of form.” –Prasna Upanishad The most ancient of Indian yogic texts are contained in the Upanishads. They are made up of stories many centered around the quest for understanding the mysteries of life. In one of these writings, the Prasna Upanishad, Kapabandi asks his teacher Pippalada how