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Omega Institute 3 Ways to Explore Devotional Art by Jai Uttal, Snatam Kaur Khalsa, Gaura Vani, Wah!, Nubia Teixeira
If you’ve taken a yoga class lately or wandered through a kirtan festival, you know that the yoga community is brimming with beauty. Painters are splashing Hindu deities onto stages and studio walls; kirtan singers and DJs fill the atmosphere with sacred sounds; people are dancing and hooping to their heart’s content; and yogi-artists are reimagining India’s gods and goddesses on canvases, clothing, garage doors, and even their skin. More
Omega Institute Life Is Like a Spiral Staircase by Panache Desai
Recognizing Your Habits As Your Journey
Morning Reading Have you ever stood at the bottom of one of those old city buildings that has, at its center, a spiral staircase that goes all the way from the lobby up to the top floor?  Well, those buildings look a lot like our lives. With each step we climb, we gain greater and greater perspective. But buildings have a finite number of steps and floors. In the case of life, the staircase is infinite. The staircase never ends.  More
In his teachings on compassion, the Buddha encouraged us to develop “a mind so filled with love it resembles space.” Can you picture your mind being as limitless, unconstrained, free, and open as space? Spaciousness of mind and heart is a fundamental component of a resilient spirit. It brings us a kind of well-being that isn’t dependent on the successes or failures we encounter on any given day. Unconditional well-being does not exclude pain but surrounds it with wisdom and love. This radical kind of happiness is the antidote to suffering. More
Omega Institute Yogic Wisdom on the Roots of Low Self-Esteem by Amy Ippoliti
3 Ways Yoga Can Help You Build Your Self-Esteem
There is a profound teaching in the yoga tradition called the Three Malas, which can shed light on the root causes of low self-esteem, help us deepen our understanding of ourselves, and rebuild our self-esteem in small steps. More
Omega Institute Thinking Outside of the "Man Box": An Interview With Tony Porter
An Interview With Tony Porter
Omega: What exactly is a “man box” and how does it serve, as well as inhibit, manhood?  Tony: The “man box” is how men have been collectively socialized to understand what it means to be a man. It doesn’t mean that all men respond in the same way to this collective socialization but it does mean that all men have an understanding of this socialization. More
Omega Institute The Yoga of Self-Mastery by Mandy Ingber
What is it to have self-mastery? I find myself asking this question often. It is a theme in many aspects of my life. Ultimately, self-responsibility and having mastery over our own actions, thoughts, and words may change and transform our lives and ourselves for the better. In my case, it’s what I do not do that aids in this process. In the yoga of self-mastery, I restrict my negative actions or discard what is not useful. It is a paring down and a resculpting. I eliminate what is unnecessary to reveal the truth in a purer way. Work With Your Emotions More
Omega Institute Share Your Light With the World by Gabrielle Bernstein
You probably don’t talk up your own awesomeness on a regular basis—if ever. Most of us, especially women, have been taught to see anything more than “quiet” confidence as boasting. In many cases the brighter we shine, the more negative reactions we receive: maybe your big promotion made you the target of office gossip, or you became a Pilates rock star and were met with more backhanded compliments than congratulations. These kinds of experiences lead us to lose sight of our talents and inner spark, which in turn deprives the world of our greatness. More
A Matter of Trust
April 2014 is the month of the long-anticipated cardinal grand cross—what I have called the peak astrology of the 2012 era. The aspect pattern that's exact on April 23 has been forming for many decades, a hologram swirling in the seemingly random movements of the cosmos awaiting its moment of emergence. That is about to arrive with both deeply personal themes and vast global ones. They share a common thread, and that is trust. More
Monthly Horoscope for April 2014 Aries (March 20-April 19) More
Omega Institute Put Your Partner Before Your Phone
Banish phones from the bedroom. Use a dedicated clock for your alarm. If you need to have your phone in your room—for example, you may be in a profession that really does require you to be reached at any hour—pledge not to check email while in bed. Make the bedroom an intimate, unplugged place.  More

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