Libra New Moon – Find Peace

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Sorry Folks for the late blog post but I really needed time to find my balance again. I took my time to do some self-care, so please forgive me that this Libra New Moon just comes with a short summary.

It’s all about Balance and Inner Peace

This Libra New Moon is all about harmony and balance. Where in your relationships you need to cultivate more balance and be open making compromises? Balance could also be restored by stopping to give yourself away too much and set clear boundaries. Evaluate your relationships with the outside world and also the relationship with yourself.

Work on embracing every part of yourself. During this new moon, patterns from our past concerning our behaviour in relationships could arise. Pay attention to these patterns: Do they bring a peaceful outcome or do they make you suffer? Adjust correctly and restore the balance.

Lush Life is coming

As Libra is an air sign, the beautiful sides of life want to be discovered now. Being in peace with yourself is the first step to take life not too seriously and just go with the flow. We want to enjoy life but it’s possible to step through the darkness one more time before we come to the sunny side. Learn your lessons, break old patterns and create a new you, be that person you always wanted to be.

New Moon on and off the Mat

So there is this little summary. Think about the topics mentioned in the picture, do some journaling, meditate on them. Just work with them in the way you prefer. For your practice on the mat, I’d recommend a literally balanced practice.  Combine a gentle flow withLibra New Moon balancing postures like virabhadrasana 3, ardha chandrasana, tree pose or standing figure four and also some smooth backbends. Cool down with very gentle restorative poses like seated forward folds and side bends and a long reclined twist. Set an intention for your practice, create some new affirmations that help grow the seeds you planted. Practice alternate nostril breath for pranayama and include some minutes of meditation.

 

Hope you all enjoy the clean libra energy and the fall season.

Happy New Moon & Namaste

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Laura Jane

The 8 limbs of Yoga – One: The Yamas

Some days ago I wrote an article about how the 8 limbs of Yoga can help us to improve our well-being and to live in peaceful coexistence with others. I would like to take this series deeper starting with the first limb – Yama.

The 5 Yamas

First let me refresh your memory. The first limb of the eightfolded path is yama. With yama, Patanjali provides us some sort of ethical codex. Within this codex, there are 5 aspects that help you to live in peace with other beings and yourself. Sounds pretty nice, but let me say in the beginning, it’s not as easy as it sounds but so so worth trying to work on it everyday. So let me present the 5 Yamas in short.

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Walking barefoot to heal

When you meet me outside in nature, I am that girl that is walking barefoot. I prefer sitting on the ground over sitting on a chair. At home I hardly ever wear shoes, not even slippers or socks. Long time I didn’t know why I was doing like this. My answer to questions always was “I just like it, it feels more comfortable, more natural.”. With this article I would like to inspire you to give your feet a break every now and then. Your whole body-mind-soul-system will thank you for it.

Use your feet for what they were designed for

I believe that who- or whatever created life, it equipped all living beings with everything they need. More specific, I believe that every plant, every animal and every human being gets born with what they need to master this world. Did you ever see a baby coming out of the womb with shoes? I guess not. Human beings are the only beings on our earth that protect their feet with shoes. We sometimes need to because the world today is more of an unnatural concrete jungle than woods and meadows. But let’s face it, shoes are graves for our feet and we start to bury our physical health at very young age. Our feet are full of tiny but oh so important muscels and best way to train them is to walk barefoot. Easy as that. The overuse of footwear leads to deformation of the feet, flat foot, splayfoot, ingrown toenail and so on. Furthermore, wearing shoes all the time (high-heels are killer literally) can lead to bad posture, problems with the knees, hips and the spine. A whole list of not so pleasant things. So from the physical viewpoint, you can just benefit from walking barefoot. To train your muscels it already helps to walk without any shoes at home. Besides of training your footmuscels and therefore improving your posture there are other physical benefits. Maybe you already heard of “foot reflexology”. By walking barefoot, you bring stimulation to those pressure points and you activate reflex arcs of your neuronal system and other connectivities. Activating these circuits is a benefit to your whole physical system. Lower blood-pressure, strengthening of the cardiovascualar system, boosting the body’s defences. But there are so much more benefits, let’s see what happens when we take our bare feet outside.

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The 8 limbs of Yoga – Living Yoga on and off the mat

Yoga. When people hear that word, most of them think of some women in yoga pants doing fancy stretches. Yoga is much more than this. “The 8 limbs of Yoga” is going to be a series that dives deeper into yoga-philosophy, while connecting this philosophy to our every day lives, outlining how we can improve our own well-being and feeling of being happy and at the same time contribute to a happier, more loving world.

Patanjali and the 8 limbs of Yoga

Patanjali, some mysterious indian man/figure, is known as the author of the yogasutra. A collection of verses in which he explains the essence of this ancient practice. What are the goals, what needs to be practiced? Within those sutras, Patanjali also talks about the 8 limbs of yoga, which can be concerned as a guideline to a meaningful, purposeful and peaceful life with the goal of reaching unity. So here is some quick overview what these limbs are.

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Practice Yoga – Change the World

Introduction – The human rights

To begin this blog, I first would like to take you on a quick journey to the human rights, as they are given by the UN.

If you click on that link above and have a look at this “universal declaration”, as it is called, there are 30 points that should ensure that every “member of the human family” can live in freedom and peace. I will just show you some examples, but most of those rights are not given in this very moment. This doesn’t mean they’re not applying at any place in this world, but most of those rights are unfulfilled for a lot of people in our human family. The universal declaration somehow gets ignored.

Article 1.

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

Now I could write a thousands words, about where and where not people are born free and equal in dignity, or starting to question if everyone is equipped with reason and conscience. But just let me say that often we do not act in a spirit of brotherhood with people around us. So in other words, Article 1 of the human rights is violated again and again and again and nobody bats an eye.

Article 12.

No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.

Data kraken in apps, data kraken everywhere in the internet and anywhere else too. Collecting data, sometimes even without your permission. And what about the attacks upon ones honour? Downtalk, mobbing, slut shaming, body shaming, just a few topics to name here.

I could do a whole list just with every single one of those 30 points and underline the conditions that proof, that those rights are not given for everyone like they should. Take a look at it and you will see that this declaration isn’t universal at all. I don’t blame the UN for it. I blame humankind for it. To understand this, you should continue to read.

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