Chinese Lunar New Year: 12 Zodiac Animal Yoga Poses
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2024 year of the dragon Wishing you New Year goodness! Every year, people of the Chinese culture from all around the world, celebrate this time of year with good luck rites, house cleaning, family feasts, and fireworks. The next few weeks are set aside as a time to honor household and heavenly deities as well as ancestors. Unlike our western Gregorian calendar, the Chinese calendar runs in accordance with lunar-solar observations; therefore, the date for the new year changes from year to year. ​This year, it starts February 10th. Celebrations will occur the day before and continue until ..read more
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ART*YOGA*MUSIC* WITH SARAH STIEBER
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6M ago
“A true artist is not one who is inspired ​ but one who inspires others.” —Salvador Dalí Art ​ Sarah Stieber, exalted as “San Diego’s Best Local Contemporary Artist” by Modern Luxury magazine declares that creating art has allowed her to make space for those who inspire her most. In the same way she told Sara McLean for a recent interview with Dunn-Edwards Paints, “My paintings also serve as a personal guide. I paint my way into the type of mindset I aspire to cultivate and into the type of person I’d like to grow into. I hope that my paintings can inspire all women to cultivate and celeb ..read more
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Mount Fuji Breath of Fire
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10M ago
the Element of fire represents a transforamtion of energy. The Fire Element manifests in the heart of the sun to the warmth of a cup of coffee, from the molten core of our planet to the energy stored in our food as fat, sugars, and proteins.  Fire fuels the stars and dances through the sky as lightening in a thunderstorm. We use fire to purify our water, transform the state of our food by cooking it, and to warm ourselves, either with the rays of the sun directly, or through burning fossil fuels that grew in the sunlight of ages ..read more
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Om Mani Padme Hum
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1y ago
Hannah Faulkner on Everest Base Camp Trek 2017 OM MANI PADME HUM ​Bright white relief letters wrap around the black painted boulders. This script pops out at me, but at the same time blends in with the contrasting snow-capped mountains and dark shadows cast from the bright sun. My Everest Base Camp Trek Guide points out these Mani stones that repeat the sacred chants, especially the most popular mantra, “Om Mani Padme Hum.”  ​Meaning Even the basic interpretation of this simple, yet densely complex phrase from Tibetan Buddhism has multiple implications. Some say it means ..read more
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Year of the Rabbit: WISHING YOU NEW YEAR GOODNESS!
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1y ago
Wishing you New Year Goodness!  Sshin-nyen haoww (Mandarin pronunciation) The Chinese culture is unique because it is not only one of the oldest civilizations in history, but also the longest continuous culture that has lasted for over 5,000 years and is still going today. The ancient Chinese people had invented paper and printing press that led to development of calligraphy and literature. They have made some huge contributions towards other notable inventions like the compass, umbrella, drums, flutes, harps, seismoscope, noodles, silk clothing, bank notes, acupuncture, and irrigation ..read more
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Embodying Lakshmi on Diwali: Roar Like a Goddess
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1y ago
This blog post honors the magnificent teachings of Acharya Shunya in her book, Roar Like a Goddess:  Every Woman’s Guide to Becoming Unapologetically powerful, Prosperous, and Peaceful Her teachings originate from the ancient sacred texts called the Vedas. “The vedic scriptural lineages, published today as the Rig Veda, Sama Veda, Yajur veda, and Atharva Veda proclaimed equal opportunity for men and women in education, profession, marriage, and spiritual choices. They called for equality in everything from leadership to inheritance and made no social prohibitions on women’s ..read more
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Golden Prague: Spires, Steeples, and Temples
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1y ago
“All cities are jealous of Paris, but Prague is the envy of Paris.”  -Alexandra Bracken  ​Prague was coined “The golden city of 100 spires.” In the 19th century, 104 towers and spires could be counted from the coexistence of the buildings, sculptures, and monuments of ten centuries that adorned the skyline. It was one of the only European cities to evade bombing in WWII, therefore countless well-preserved castles, Baroque and Gothic cathedrals still stand. Further the world wars and communism halted most mid-20th-century additions. UNESCO arrived just in time, in ..read more
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Vienna Music and Yoga
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1y ago
“Yoga is like music. The rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind, and the harmony of the soul creates the symphony of life.” – B.K.S. Iyengar. When I think about Vienna, Austria, I automatically want to step into three-quarter time waltz (which was originated here) like the scene from the Sound of Music- when Maria gets swept away by Captain Van Trapp and they waltz at the grand Viennese Ball for Baroness Schrader.  Vienna owns up to its name “the music capital of the world”, at least for classical music, as it served as the home and setting for Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, St ..read more
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Downward-Facing Dog Days of Summer
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1y ago
“Every dog must have his day.” ~ Jonathan Swift Dog Days are historically associated with the hottest days of summer and the period following the rising of the Dog Star, Sirius, from July 3 to August 11 each year in the Northern Hemisphere.   In ancient Greece and Rome, the Dog Days were believed to be a time of drought, bad luck, and unrest, when dogs and people would be driven mad by the extreme heat. However, in modern times, the Dog Days are associated purely with the time of summer’s peak temperatures and humidity. “These are strange and breathless days, the do ..read more
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Flamingo Yoga
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1y ago
“What the flamingo teaches a child... is that gravity is not just a limitation, but also a possible partner in an intriguing, potentially joyful game.” – John Burnside ​ ​It’s summertime. A time to splish and splash and balance like our friends the flamingos. Flamingos as spirit animals relate to personalities who are flamboyant, fun, very expressive, and surrounded by like-minded people. ​ Diversity/ Integrity Flamingo is a term used for six similar species of birds that have a wide geographical range. They frolic in tropical and subtropical regions on every continent except Australia and ..read more
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