Categorized as: Philosophy

The Benefits of Participating in a Yoga Immersion

Have you ever wondered where yoga really comes from? Or how you can incorporate all the valuable lessons from a yoga class into your daily life? Or are you curious what in the world a chakra is? Then a yoga immersion might be for you!

Podcast Review – Tara Brach Meditation and Dharma Talks

Tara Brach is my best friend; she just doesn’t know it. Tara is a psychologist and a Buddhist meditation teacher who founded the Insight Meditation Community in Washington, D.C. Many people are familiar with Tara from her book, Radical Acceptance.

The Practice of Gratitude Journaling

Writing things down can help us not only to see things a bit more clearly, but it also reinforces what we are thinking. When we write what we are grateful for down on a sheet of paper we are consciously noting what brings joy to our lives. A gratitude journal is a compilation, diary or notebook of things for which one is grateful.

5 Star Movie Reviews by Astika: Twenty-Four Eyes

Every nation has it beloved films, movies that define a nation's identity and aspirations, but few have had so immediate or as important an impact upon a population as Keisuke Kinoshita's Twenty-Four Eyes.

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.