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HONORING SIMPLICITY IN YOGA AWARENESS MONTH

September is National Yoga month as it is the perfect transitional month to start a healthy lifestyle. Summer comes to an end and many people look forward to maintaining and living a healthier life. In the USA an awareness campaign launches every September to educate people about the health benefits of yoga and to inspire a healthy lifestyle. September is a celebratory month for yoga awareness which focuses on stance, spirituality and emotions within the practice. This is alongside the beneficial effects on the mental and physical wellbeing. Even if you already have a solid yoga practise, September is the perfect month for finding new awareness within it. We can all develop a yoga practise but is it one that...

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AHIMSA - THE PRACTISE OF NON VIOLENCE

The BEHERE&LOVE focus for this month is AHIMSA which is featured in our new Autumn collection. AHIMSA is derived from the Sanskrit word HIMS which means to strike. Ahimsa is the opposite of this and can be translated as ‘not to hurt, injure or show violence towards another being whether human or animal.’ Ahimsa is compassion and the virtue of living without causing harm. Ahimsa is a non-violence practice that understands and acknowledges actions throughout daily life that corresponds to acts of violence. Whereas negative thoughts correspond to responses like guilt, shame, resentment and undertones of violence, Ahimsa challenges these awakening thoughts and echoes peace, harmony and love. In our words and inner thoughts as well as our actions. Gandhi...

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JAI MA - SALUTE THE DIVINE FEMININE!

JAI MA!  Salute the divine feminine ! You may have heard the term “Jai Ma” at some point in your practice, either used in a mantra, or perhaps just “jai” alone more casually at the start of class. It’s a lovely, simple phrase that calls to mind the creative forces in the universe. And more specifically, our acknowledgement and gratitude to them. Even more interesting, it calls to mind the feminine forces, which not only give birth to new things, but can also effect change in the old ones. “’Jai’ is the modern north Indian pronunciation of the Sanskrit word ‘Jaya’ which means ‘Hail or praise/respect to.’ It can also mean ‘Victory to the good’ or ‘Victory to god.’ 'Ma’...

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THIS MONTH'S THEME IS LOVE - 'HOW TO LOVE' - THICH NHAT HANH

  THICH NHAT HANH is a world renowned writer, poet, scholar and Zen Buddhist monk.  This is an excerpt from his beautiful book on 'HOW LOVE.'   THE FOUR ELEMENTS OF TRUE LOVE True love is made of four elements: LOVING KINDNESS, COMPASSION, JOY, and EQUANIMITY.  In Sanskrit, these are, maitri, karuna, mudita, and upeksha. If your love contains these elements, it will be healing and transforming, and it will have the element of holiness in it. True love has the power to heal and transform any situation and bring deep meaning to our lives.  LOVING KINDNESS The first element of true love is loving kindness. The essence of loving kindness is being able to offer happiness. You can be the sunshine...

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