The ultimate and traditional goal of yoga as a science is not just to relieve the suffering of the experiential being that we were born into, but also to engage in the process of realizing that we are a piece of the infinite having a finite experience. In other words, the goal of yoga is to reach a state of enlightenment.
Passionflower is one of my go to herbs for day time anxiety and insomnia, as well as nervous tensions and habitual patterns that involve a coiling in of the shoulders and arms. I know many herbalists how keep this handy, next to their bed and take a few dropperfuls before sleep and again if they wake up in the evening.
There is a concept in yoga called VIVEKA (viv-ek-uh). This translates almost directly into discernment. Essentially, it is the ability to choose right from wrong, too little from too much, and helpful from non helpful. We have an interesting paradigm of understanding yoga philosophy in the west in that we often intellectualize the Yoga Sutras rather than really understanding them from our heart space.
We are getting crazy excited for SPRING here at the travelling yoga school that is The Yoga Viva! Already we feel our energy blooming and that we are able to do more, more move, and breathe more! Here are some of the tools and resources we are REALLY digging as we release ourselves from the winter months!
The tale of the New Moon is that for one day a month, the sun and the moon are in alignment. They are willing to collaborate on how “wants” and “needs” can be merged. They discuss how the subconscious and conscious minds can work together. So, what does this mean for you and how can you take full advantage of these lunar cycles?
When I first met mugwort, the experience was reminiscent of meeting an old summer camp friend in the grocery store. Someone who had lived in a completely different state, who you never thought you would see again. You lock eyes and run to one another with exclamations! Oh my god, MUGWORT! my heart swelled as I rounded up to a large patch of the weed growing a foot high. Oh my god, Kristen! I am certain this plant was just as excited to meet me as I was to meet her.