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Traditional Insights into Yoga: Paschimottanasana — Full Forward Fold

Mally Paquette

This classic yoga pose delivers you into the subconscious mind. Iyengar of classical yoga believed this pose connects you with the universe. The energy of the posture allows you to empty your heart to Mother Earth.

The Secret Wisdom of Animals: Chippy Expresses His Pet Peeves

Kim Malonie

John D., Ontario, Canada: Chippy is a five-year-old handsome little guy, a mixture of French bulldog and pug. He always stands on his back legs and paws at people when they arrive or leave our house.

The Crystal Garden: Attract Blessings and Good Fortune

Margaret Ann Lembo

When it comes to luck, it’s always up to you and your mindset to attract favorable circumstances. Ask yourself: “In what ways am I lucky? Where in my life do I feel unlucky?”

Traditional Insights into Yoga: Be the Peaceful Warrior with Virabhadrasana 2

Mally Paquette

In selecting a pose for this special issue, I reflected on what might be most useful as you move into the energies of 2020. This classic yoga posture has always connected with me deeply, as the most powerful warrior to me is the peaceful warrior.

Dream Zone: Dreams Are the Most Honest Expression

Lauri Quinn Loewenberg

Last night, I dreamed I was shot in the stomach by people I didn’t know. I played dead until I heard my husband’s truck. I got up and got in the truck, which had a dead cow in the bed. I told him to get me to the hospital, and he took off while I held my gut.

The Secret Wisdom of Animals: New Member of the Pack Brings Loving Changes for Willow

Kim Malonie

Sue: We have a few issues with our beloved dog, Willow. She eats an all-natural/holistic pet food with people food mixed in (vegetables, rice, wild meat, chicken), and she gets a couple of carrots to crunch on each day. She is very excited for food every morning and evening.

Shamanic Wisdom: The Power of a Talisman

Jan Engels-Smith

The period of darkness that extends from December 21 to March 21 is a perfect time for you to let go of the old and bring in the new. Any time during the cold winter months is the right time for your psyche to respond to a releasing and reclaiming ceremony.

Essences of Nature: Stretched or Stressed

Mary Ann Altamarino Antenucci

I heard an interesting conversation regarding stress and trauma today. For the most part, we associate trauma with “traumatic” events such as death, divorce, injury, and illness. But trauma is on a spectrum.

Human Energy Systems: Use Energy for Protection

Charles Shahar

Sometimes energy protections are necessary to protect the body from harm or to make the ego feel secure. If you know how to manipulate energy and channel your thoughts effectively, you can create protections around you that are every bit as effective as physical ones, and in some cases more so.

Traditional Insights into Yoga: Upavistha Konasana

Mally Paquette

Upa means to go near, vistha means life, and kona means angle. This asana offers the ego, symbolized by the head, to go near the earth in a gesture of humility.


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