Yoga

Veganism and Yoga on Wazobia TV in Eko (Lagos)

I had a wonderful time discussing a few of my favorite things (veganism included) with the presenters at Wazobia MAX TV in the city of Eko (Lagos), Nigeria. Healthy skeptical side glances made the experience all the sweeter. Disclaimer: I am so grateful that Spirit speaks through me, but I must humbly reiterate to viewers that I am only an

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Race, Religion, Yoga, and Veganism

I recently had the pleasure to talk with Chris from#conversationswithchris. Chris isa great host who gave me the honor of discussing some important topics. In this talk we converse about yoga, veganism, race, religion and spirituality. These are some of my favorite topics because of the way they beautifully intersect and reflect the Divine essence. I could talk about it

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8 limbs of yoga – the yamas (social disciplines)

I recently had the pleasure to talk with Chris from#conversationswithchris. Chris isa great host who gave me the honor of discussing some important topics. This is an overview of the yamas of the 8 limbs of yoga as laid out by the great sage Patanjali. The yamas consist of 5 sub-limbs. Each is listed below and briefly addressed in the

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8 limbs of yoga – asanas (poses)

This is a briefmonologue on the meaning of asana. Asana is one of the branches from Patanjali’s 8 limbs of yoga. This is suitablefor anyone new toa yoga practice. The word “asana” comes from the ancient Sanskrit language. Asana roughly translates to “seat” in English. The word is commonly used to refer to the postures or poses of physical yoga practice.

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8 limbs of yoga – the niyamas (personal disciplines)

Here we take a look at the niyamas, or personal disciplines. Niyamas consist of 5 sub-limbs (listed below). The depth of each of these sub limbs is vast. This video is simply a scratch on the surface to each. Deeper study is highly recommended by the author. Niyamas – Personal Disciplines saucha – cleanlinesssantosha – contentmenttapas – self disciplinessvadhyaya – self

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8 limbs of yoga – dhyana (meditation)

Firstly, dhyana is a Sanskrit word that translates into “meditation”. In yoga meditation is defined as Dharana (concentration) focused on God. Once you can fully control your prana to draw it inward and concentrate that prana on God, Dhyana is the result. Since the study of Dhyana is beyond this article’s scope learn more here. Dhyana – Video

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8 limbs of yoga – dharana (focus, concentration)

Dharana refers to focus or concentration of the mind. The Sanskrit language birthed the term and Patanjali laid it out in his 8 limbs of yoga. The power of concentration can be strengthened by the practice of various scientific techniques offered in the corpus of yoga knowledge. Watch the video below and learn more here. Click here for more info on Drishti

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8 limbs of yoga – pratyahara (sense withdrawal)

The word Pratyahara comes from the Sanskrit language. Pratyahara fairly translates to “withdrawal of the senses“. When a yogi works towards deeper meditation the outward flow of prana is reveresed.  The prana that usually engaged in the 5 senses of taste, smell, sight, sound and touch is drawn inward towards the “6th sense”. Since the prana is now free from distraction of

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8 limbs of yoga – pranayama (energy, breathing)

Learn a bit about Pranayama in the video below. The great sage Patanjali notes pranyama in the 8 limbs of yoga. Firstly, “prana” comes from the ancient Sanskrit language and translates to “life force energy”. Pranayama refers to the practice of manipulating prana by scientific techniques. This is a deep and broad topic, therefore I encourage you to study the topic further. Pranayama – Video

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8 limbs of yoga – samadhi

Samadhi,  is the ultimate goal of yoga, union with the divine infinite bliss that is God. Arrival at this state can come from deep and constant dhyana (meditation). This is a state of consciousness described by many names.  I highly recommend further reading on the topic, but don’t get lost. Great gurus say this is a state that can only

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