The Kleshas: Conquering the Fear of Death (Abhinivesha)

It was a cold night in the Pacific Northwest and my beloved wife, Savitri, was dying. All her systems were failing and doctors had given up all hope. I sat beside her bed, holding her head in my hands. I met Savitri when I was 18 and was instantly captured by her haunting beauty and kind heart. I loved her …

Color is Life

by Savitri When I was 25, I was very ill and turned to meditation to support me. The first demand from my Spirit, through my meditation, was to stop wearing all dark colors, especially black and brown. I was guided to wear happy, uplifting, peaceful colors. To my surprise, my body, my mind and my emotions began to feel more …

7 (Great) Ways to Have a Better Morning

by Aadil Palkhivala Most people dread the moment the alarm clock goes off having to fight their way out of bed to start the day. But what if you could turn morning time into your favorite time of the day, where waking up is actually easy and more enjoyable? Yoga teacher Aadil Palkhivala, known across the world as the “Godfather …

The Secret of Namaste

Namasté: I honor, respect, recognize and bow to the Light in me and you. This sacred gesture, used in many yoga practices, meditations and prayers, holds a secret wisdom. When your mind and senses bow to the Heart Chakra the union between body and Soul is achieved. The key, however, is to go deep into your Heart Chakra where your …

Yoga for Grief, by Aadil Palkhivala

The death of a loved one can leave a hole in our lives. Time goes on, but the feeling of loss remains. Most people say the loss never goes away completely, and for others, it might start to overshadow everything in their life. The things that they used to enjoy may suddenly seem pointless; we lose our appetites, and even …

A Beginners Guide to Inversions

By Aadil Palkhivala, Certified Yoga Instructor, Co-founder, Alive and Shine Center, Bellevue, WA When I announced that it was time for Shirsasana, (Headstand) during a workshop I was teaching in Philadelphia a few years ago, an elderly woman slunk out of the room, quickly followed by her yoga teacher. Moments later, they both came back. Later, I learned that the …

How Yoga and Meditation Can Supercharge Your Health

How Yoga And Meditation Can Supercharge Your Health The Huffington Post | By Carolyn Gregoire Posted: 01/13/2014 9:55 am EST | Updated: 01/15/2014 12:47 pm With the benefits of holistic health and mindfulness practices finally starting to be recognized by mainstream medical institutions across the country, it’s only fitting that the first major symposium on yoga and medicine is taking …

Musical Yoga Chairs

Have a Seat and Do Chair Yoga! by Mana Iluna, Certified Purna Yoga Instructor Terry’s sore shoulder healed in a few weeks. For several years prior, her shoulder used to have very little range of motion and whenever she moved it in almost any direction, it caused her pain. Terry (not her real name) also has had 3 different surgeries …

How to Find a Meditation Teacher

Most yoga students begin their journey toward health by taking “Yoga Classes,” which usually means classes doing the physical practice of Yoga, called asana (yoga poses). Did you know that Yoga, which means “union” in Sanskrit, is actually a much vaster set of tools for health and healing? The physical exercise is just one aspect of this amazing science and …

Yoga and the “Cobbler’s Pose” ~ Inspiration for Beginners

By Aadil Palkhivala, Certified Yoga Instructor, Co-founder of Alive and Shine Center, and the College of Purna Yoga, Bellevue, WA Years of sitting in chairs and cars have left most of us with chronic tightness in our inner thighs. How can we release this tightness and free up our hips and groins? This is necessary to enjoy everyday life and …