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Ritual - Trataka (त्राटक)

Ritual - Trataka (त्राटक)

Trataka (त्राटक) is a Sanskrit word, and means "to gaze". This meditation technique requires you to have an unwavering gaze on a single point, often the focal point is a candle flame. If you have ever focused on an open fire or flame and felt your mind clear then you have tapped into this practice. Our vision is tightly connected to our mind, our eyes are the fastest muscle in our body, and can function at 100% at any given moment, constantly sending visual messages to our brain. Practicing certain eye movement exercises (much like breathing exercises) have been proven to help manage...

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Shinrin-Yoku

Shinrin-Yoku

The Japanese term 'Shinrin-Yoku' translates to Forest bathing. This philosophy is based on the idea that being in the forest can truly have a healing effect on the body and strengthen your immunity and your vital energy. This vital energy is known in Japanese Kampo Medicine as Ki and when we connect with nature our vitality is increased.  No matter where we live, finding nature close to home can truly benefit us on a much deeper level than we may realise.  The art of forest bathing is the art of connecting with nature through our senses. All we have to do is accept...

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Spring Equinox

Spring Equinox

Today is the spring (Vernal) Equinox for all of us who reside in the Southern Hemisphere, and we can feel that powerful shift moving us from winter into summer. There are two equinox that occur each year, one in Autumn and one in Spring. They occur when the tilt of the Earth’s axis and Earth’s orbit around the sun combine in a way that the axis is inclined neither away from nor toward the sun. Today is when both hemispheres are receiving the sun’s rays equally. It is a time for total balance and harmony. We recently shared our ideas for bringing balance to our day...

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Balance

Balance

Find Balance. This year has been the strangest year for many of us by far, and that feeling of balance has felt difficult to achieve. Where do you feel in and out of balance in your life? Day and night are a similar length throughout spring, can you find ways to bring your daily routine into balance in the same way? Move your body every day, but also give yourself permission to rest every day. Everyone is different, some people crave routine, others like to go with the flow of the day and may not have or need a set...

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