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Yoga Journal

September - October 2021

Yoga Journal offers all practitioners—from beginners to masters—expert information on how to live a healthier, happier, more fulfilling life both on and off the mat.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Pocket Outdoor Media, LLC
Frequency:
One-off
$14.20

in this issue

5 min
secrets of meditation mantras

Is Your Mantra Organic? And what exactly is a mantra, anyway? Here are 18 Things You Need to Know: 1. The word mantra means… “tool of thought.” _roughout the ages, mantras are the #1 tool to attain extremely deep, blissful meditation. 2. Mantra is a Sanskrit word… … from India. But mantras themselves are not Sanskrit, or English, or any world language for that matter, because… 3. Mantras are the organic sounds of Nature. A mantra is a series of simple, beautiful sounds… whispered by Mother Nature herself. Mantras are the language of Nature. Next time you’re walking in the forest, listen carefully. Mother Nature is humming all around you with the soothing sounds… of mantras! 4. Mantras were discovered… in the deep green forests by ancient sages as they sat immersed in the tranquility of their meditations. An example…

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2 min
letter from the editor

I’M A BIT OF A HEALTH JUNKIE. I don’t mean that in the “I eat well and exercise” sense (although I try hard to regularly do those things, too). I mean I’m a full-on health nerd. When I was growing up, my mom was an RN who brought home (age-appropriate) tales from her shifts at the hospital. Perhaps these dinner-table talks are what sparked my eventual career as a health editor. I enjoy reading research studies and listening to lectures about complex topics like epigentics—even if (especially if!) they send me to Google to clarify things I don’t understand. I love the science of this practice just as much as I crave learning about yoga philosophy. In the course of making this issue, I got to spend time with another self-professed health…

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2 min
our contributors share tricks for navigating transition with ease

PRACTICE VEDIC MEDITATION Sandhi is the Sanskrit word for the space where two different things meet and transition from one to the next, such as the ocean meeting the shore or summer changing to fall. Kala sandhi relates to transitions pertaining to time (kala), like segments of the day or various stages of life. Kriya sandhi is the meeting point between two completed activities (kriya), such as moving from sleep to waking up or sitting to standing. Honoring and witnessing transitions is an ancient Vedic practice, and it provides a strong baseline to return to when the waves of life begin to churn. At times of sandhi (for example, in the morning, just as you awaken), observe the senses: touch, sound, emotion, fragrance, light. Come back to your heart—that is your being,…

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2 min
embrace balance and harmony

Our monthly planetary invitations help you find alignment and embodiment in your daily life through perspective, reflections, and inquiry. THE ARRIVAL OF SEPTEMBER and a new season calls for some healthy rearranging of priorities. At the autumnal equinox, when day and night become the same length, imitate nature and work toward finding harmony within. During October, find balance by staying mindful of your action-to-rest ratio. September This month begins with the new moon in fastidious Virgo, making it a good time to get organized. Don’t try to tackle everything at once: Start with a straightforward task like cleaning your living space. Having a tidy home enhances ease in life, which helps you better handle any crises that come your way. On the 10th, Venus enters into introspective Scorpio, an ingress that can bring…

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2 min
3 ways to… ease fall allergies

NUTRITION Some foods can diminish allergy symptoms by naturally reducing histamine, a chemical released when the immune system; others worsen sneezes and sniffles. Eat more: apples, red onions, grapes, fresh fish, broccoli, beans, and gluten-free grains including corn, rice, quinoa, and gluten-free oats. Limit: fermented foods (alcohol, vinegar, pickles, olives, mustard, kombucha); cured, dried, smoked, or slow-cooked meats and fish; aged cheeses; nuts; dried fruit; citrus; mushrooms; avocado; eggplant; spinach; dried tomatoes and tomato sauce; and bone broth. If you’re allergic to ragweed, avoid bananas, melon, cucumber, white potatoes, zucchini, and sunflower seeds. -- SONYA ANGELONE, MS, RDN, a nutritionist and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics LIFESTYLE Reduce indoor allergens (dust mites, pet dander) with these easy tricks: • Close windows to lock out pollen and mold particles. Love a cool breeze? Use an…

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2 min
how discipline leads to a more vibrant practice

MEDITATION 101 WHAT IF MY MEDITATION PRACTICE ISN’T WORKING? When you come to the practice with a lot on your mind, it can be difficult to tune everything out and focus on your breath. You might feel uncomfortable, impatient, or sleepy. Or you may have profound experiences the first few times you sit, only to struggle to duplicate them in future sessions. Relax. Meditation shouldn’t cause you to feel unreasonably stressed or physically uncomfortable. If it does, reduce the length of your practice time, change your position, or try a new technique. But keep practicing. —Mara Carrico, author of Yoga Journal’s Yoga Basics and Fitness Yoga: A Guide for Fitness Professionals from the American Council on Exercise TEACHER TIP HOW TO TEACH THAT YOGA IS MORE THAN ASANA Teach your students that yoga is one of…

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