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Omega's Guide to Yoga Styles
Are you new to yoga? If you glance the schedule of classes at your local studio, you’ll see that there are dozens to choose from. In fact, by some estimations, there are as many as 280 yoga styles. How do you know which one is right for you? Most styles of yoga will improve your posture and flexibility, release tension, and foster a feeling of steadiness (sthira) and ease (sukha) in your body and mind. But it’s important to choose a style that suits your personality, goals, and fitness level. More
Enjoy Your Food and Improve Your Health by Eating Mindfully
Reawaken your sense of pleasure and satisfaction at mealtime by trying one of the primary practices of mindfulness: slow down and pay attention. Jan Chozen-Bays, a pediatrician and Zen teacher, explains exactly how to do this. Try one of these strategies with your next meal. In America we eat very quickly. Foreigners visiting early American taverns recorded their astonishment at how quickly food was eaten. The technique was dubbed “the three G’s” for “gobble, gulp, and go.” More
Omega cofounder and author of Broken Open, Elizabeth Lesser, talks about authenticity, reveals her favorite quote, and shares a piece of advice in this interview with Women For One, a global community of women encouraging authenticity and inspiration.  More
July is another big month for the water signs. It’s a time that favors intuition over rational thought. According to astrologer Eric Francis, the bold, hot month of July is going to be a good time to slow down and assess the situations in your life. Read your July 2013 Horoscope by Eric Francis. More
July is another big month for the water signs. It’s a time that favors intuition over rational thought. According to astrologer Eric Francis, the bold, hot month of July is going to be a good time to slow down and assess the situations in your life. For a more thorough explanation of this month's astrology, see July 2013: A Bold, Steamy Month. More
Omega Institute Why Girls Need Yoga
In a survey as part of an ongoing study funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, 40% of 9-and 10-year-old girls surveyed have tried to lose weight. According to a study from the National Institute on Media and the Family, at age 13, 53% of American girls are "unhappy with their bodies." By age 17, this percentage is 78%. The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders reports that at least 8 million people in the United States have an eating disorder and 90% of these are women, whose conditions began in their teens. More
7 Yoga Teachers Weigh in On the Yogic Diet
Traditionally, yogis consumed sattvic foods that nourish the body and support a peaceful state, enabling the practitioner to function at maximum potential. Sattvic foods include nuts, fruits, vegetables, seeds, and legumes. Yogis were encouraged to stay away from rajasic foods that heat up the body, such as coffee and chocolate, and tamasic foods that are heavy, such as alcohol and preserved foods. Many yogis also included the yogic principle of ahimsa (nonviolence/noninjury) in their dietetic choices, by choosing to be vegan or vegetarian. More
Omega Institute Snatam Kaur Khalsa A Daily Mantra Practice to Save the World
How can we really enjoy this life? How can we really enjoy being in our bodies? We must have the capacity to have a still and quiet mind, because the joy is there. The innocence is there. The love is there. We become too ravaged in our own insecurity, misery, and blindness to even see the truth. Yes, thrash around if you must, gnarl and gnash your teeth like a wild animal. After enough tearing about, you will be left alone, simply alone, to rebuild the pieces of your life.  More
David Harshada Wagner, creator of the Living Meditation Method, encourages us to stick with the spiritual journey, even though there isn't a clear path. The Beginning   More

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