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Death is the end… of itself

Some say that death is not the end but only the beginning. I say that death is indeed the end. But it is a self-destructive end. That is to say that death is the end of itself, or at least the illusion of. You see, death is the biggest misconception of life. Death is to birth as dry is to wet, but in both instances the substance merely changes form and location, it does not cease to exist entirely. Just as water cannot remain in place when it evaporates, so too the soul cannot remain bound to this earth once it releases itself of its bodily bonds. The life force within is then free to explore and experience the ethereal realms of existence which are open to it at that time. It will eventually experience change again and again, though not as extreme an idea as “death”, it merely unshrouds itself further and further until eventually the entire illusionary field in which it bathed has been let go until finally it “returns to source”, which only means it has dropped its subjective perspective and remembered the Truth of One.

“God is Life. Life is All. All is One.”

Pleasant awakenings.

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Paths are many Truth is ONE


Sexercise! It’s Hotter than Hot Yoga!

Would you like to improve your mental and physical health while also improving the quality of your sex life too? In fact it’s quite easy. They’re all related, and if you heed and follow the information below, you too can lead a happy and fulfilling life in and out of the bedroom. Studies have shown that yoga and meditation can significantly improve your sex life too, as well as every other aspect of your daily routine.

Fitness is Everything:

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Exercise for better sex!


You already know this move as a terrific leg and butt toner, but did you know that it can also get the blood flowing to the places that may energize your libido? “Sometimes your heart might be there, but you don’t feel anything in the ‘southern hemisphere,’” explains Debbie Mandel, MA, a stress and fitness expert and the author of Addicted to Stress: A Woman’s 7-Step Program to Reclaim Joy and Spontaneity in Life. “Many women need a little physical help with arousal to get blood flowing to the genitalia.” She suggests squats. With your feet spread shoulder-width apart, “make sure your heels stay on the floor as you ‘sit’ on an imaginary chair,” she explains. “The lower you squat, the more you recruit your glutes and reap the benefits. Push off from your heels and hold your abdominals in tightly [as you return to standing position].” Do them slowly, aiming for 15 to 30 reps. Photo: Cavan Images/Getty Images

Happy Baby Pose

Limberness goes hand in hand with great sex—after all, who wants to deal with aching legs or a stiff lower back while in the heat of the moment? That’s why Marta Montenegro, MF, MS, CSCS, NSCA-CPT, a fitness expert and the creator of the fitness DVD series Montenegro Method, suggests certain stretches to prepare you for agility between the sheets. “One of the most common reasons for lower back pain is tight hamstrings and hip flexors,” she says. “Also, after spending eight hours asleep, there is a natural inflammation of the spinal discs due to the increase of the homeostatic pressure.”

The happy baby pose to the rescue! “It will stretch the spine while loosening up the adductor muscles and the hamstrings, which are heavily compromised in traditional positions such as the missionary,” she says. Lie on your back with your knees bent toward your chest. Grasp the outside of each foot with your hands, allowing the knees to drop down toward the floor. Align your ankles with your knees so that the shins are perpendicular to the floor. Apply downward pressure with your hands to encourage deeper opening. You can allow the tailbone to curl up off the floor slightly to decompress the lower back. Hold the pose for three to five minutes. Photo: Thinkstock

Pelvic Tilts

Want a move that will strengthen the muscles you use most during intercourse? Try the pelvic tilt. “Women tend to suffer from lower back pain, and this sometimes affects sexual positions as well as desire,” says Mandel. “Pelvic tilts give you a bonus of core strength and strengthening the lower back.” Lie on your back with knees bent and feet flat on the floor, shoulder-width apart. Raise your pelvic region in a straight line like a bridge. Hold your abdominals in while you tighten your glutes and push your inner thighs toward each other. Slowly lower to the floor and repeat, 20 to 25 reps, if possible. Photo: Ruth Jenkinson/Getty Images

Biceps Curls

How can you get toned, gorgeous arms and also boost your sex drive? Grab your hand weights and work in 15 to 20 reps of biceps curls! Here’s why: “Medical studies show that testosterone plays a role in sexual drive in both men and women,” explains Mandel. “Giving a woman with low libido testosterone is controversial, and could lead to undesirable side effects,” she says. “However, strength training increases levels naturally and is healthy too. The testosterone levels that are generated create the tipping point for desire.” And don’t worry—weightlifting is not going to give you facial hair or a lower voice. The testosterone that’s released is at healthy, natural levels. Photo: RUNSTUDIO/Getty Images
Tandem Stationary Lunges

Past research has indicated that couples who exercise together have better sex. So why not do a few moves with your guy? Mandel suggests the tandem lunge. “A romantic variation of the traditional stationary lunge: Hold your partner’s left hand with your right [as you stand next to each other] and together do five lunges, with the same legs forward so that you don’t bump into each other.” Need a stationary lunge primer? With one leg forward and one leg back, slowly bend the knees as if you’re trying to kneel down and touch one knee to the ground (but don’t let it touch), keeping both knees at 90-degree angles. Aim for two sets of five repetitions on each side—gradually increasing to 10. Photo: Image Source/Getty Images
Kegel Exercises

When it comes to fitness, Kegels count too! These pelvic-floor-strengthening exercises that your ob-gyn is always encouraging you to do can have big payoffs when it comes to sexual satisfaction, says Tone It Up cofounder Karena Dawn, a certified personal trainer in Los Angeles. “Kegels consist of contracting and relaxing the muscles in your pelvic floor,” she explains. “Improving the strength of these vaginal muscles is beneficial for greater sexual satisfaction and stronger orgasms, as well as preventing urinary or bowel incontinence and pelvic prolapse in women.” To do a proper Kegel, tighten your pelvic muscles (the ones that control the start and stop of urine). Hold for about 5 seconds, relax and then repeat. Dawn recommends doing Kegels for at least 5 minutes every day. (Psst! You can do them anywhere—even right now—and no one will know but you!) Photo: Thinkstock

Ab Rolls

The core is compromised of more than 20 muscles, and working them “will give you the strength to support your man’s weight without hyperextending your back,” says Montenegro. “A great exercise that works both the core and the muscles of the upper body is the roll-in, roll-out on a stability ball.” Start with your hands fully extended on the floor in a push-up-like position. Place your shins on a stability ball, keeping your back straight. Roll the ball in toward your chest and back out, using the abdominals to drag your knees toward your chest and to push your feet back out. Keep your back flat and hips tight, and don’t move your upper body. Do three sets of 10 reps. Photo: iStock

Plank Pose

Is there one move that can make you more sexually confident, daring and strong? Yes: the plank, a core-building exercise popular in yoga, says Madeleine Castellanos, MD, a psychiatrist who specializes in sexual medicine and sex therapy in New York City. “This exercise works upper arms, abdominals, obliques, thighs and buttocks,” she says. “These are important muscles that help stabilize you when you are engaged in intercourse on all fours, any position where the woman is on top, or in transition from one position to another while maintaining close genital contact with your partner.” Lay facedown with the palms of your hands flat on the floor on each side of your shoulders. In this position, your forearms should also be flat on the floor and will act as your support when you raise your body. Push your weight to the balls of your feet as you push up onto your forearms and palms so that your entire body is suspended in the air. Be careful to keep your body as straight and flat as possible, and avoid lifting your hips in the air. Hold this position for 10 seconds, then relax for a few seconds before repeating; do three sets of 10 reps. Photo: iStock

Bridge Pose

Another yoga pose that can improve your sexual enjoyment is the bridge pose. “This exercise helps strengthen the lower back, gluteus muscles and hamstrings,” says Dr. Castellanos. “It helps enhance a woman’s sexual experience because it increases her strength and endurance in these muscles, which are used to create resistance during a man’s thrusting, thereby increasing the intensity of the thrust.” Start out lying flat on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Lay your arms to the side of your body, lift your hips up in the air and squeeze your gluteus muscles. Continue to press upward until just your upper back/shoulders, arms and feet are touching the floor. Hold this position for 10 seconds, breathing normally, then slowly lower back down to the floor and relax for a few seconds before repeating again. Aim for three sets of 10 reps each. Photo: Thinkstock

Seated Leg Extensions

Do your thighs quiver during and after sex—but not in a good way? “The large muscles of the thighs are often used during sex and can get fatigued quickly since they are such a large muscle group,” says Dr. Castellanos. The solution: seated leg extensions. “Find a stable chair in which you can sit up straight and have your knees bent at a 90-degree angle with your feet flat on the floor,” she says. “While keeping your thigh and knee as steady as possible, lift one foot up to straighten your leg slowly, then bring it back down to the floor. Do three sets of 10 reps for each leg. Photo: Thinkstock


Heart of Soul

The Heart of Soul is pure and true,
it knows no misconception
of love and life, of place and time,
because the heart is free of mind,
of his and hers and yours and mine,
its purpose is to know the sign
of sacred geometrical design
that shines from deep within creation
has no beginning, no limitation.
God is Life and Life is All and All is One
when all is done, when all shall fall and know the sun,
when suns shall crack and split and pour,
when darkness envelops the space once more
allowing peace and harmony to reign
upon the Soul of Man again.
Then and only then shall be
the truth which only Heart can see
that he is she as you are me
and We Are One and all is free.

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Sound Baths & Orchestrated Movements (An interview with Ali of Piriamvada Yoga)

Earlier this year I had the good fortune of being able to participate in a Kundalini Yoga workshop with Ali (Piriamvada) in Dublin’s Yoga Hub. The instructor, like the weather, was warm, welcoming, energising and bright. It was my first time doing Kundalini so I was interested in learning about the practice as well as experiencing one of Piriamvada’s famous Sound Baths. Ali has this energy about her which is sweet and innocent, yet at the same time contains a power and wisdom of someone who has experienced life many times over.

The first day began with an invigorating Shakti sequence and moved from there into chakra work which involved different body movements and chants to awaken the dormant energy within, and powerful visualisations to help focus the prana (energy) on specific areas of the physical and astral bodies.

The second day was composed of a more relaxing, rejuvenating and strengthening Shiva sequence which was held outside with sunshine, warm grass and the cooling shade of a tree to aid us on our inner journey through the path of a tranquil physical sequence which included asana like Natarja’s Lord of the Dance pose. We finished with a Sound Bath session which consisted of Ali orchestrating a field of energy sound vibration with a series of gongs, bells, and Tibetan singing bowls. It was truly an out of this world experience and one which I would encourage everyone to take part in, if at all possible.

sun gong

Moose: Describe your introduction to yoga.

Ali: I saw a poster for a local Iyengar class in Glasgow and thought I’d give it a go, I was hoping to tone up but there was definitely something deeper drawing me.

Moose: From student to teacher, what was the turning point?

Ali: I had my own practise early on but kind of lost my way when I moved to London. It was really on my first trip to India that I found my commitment again. A teacher there suggested I do the training and when I got back to the UK it became pretty clear to me that I had to change my life – these two things came together – 6 months later I quit my job and flat and went back to India to study. And change my life it did! For me it was starting to have a sense of an inner teacher that was a turning point in my teaching, though I will always consider myself a student still.

Moose: How long were you practising yoga before becoming a teacher?

Ali: Seven or eight years.

Moose: Do you have any tips, recommendations, or things you have learned along the way that you would like to share with aspiring teachers?

Ali: For me it has been important to maintain my own practise, not just running through what I’m teaching. For this I have Babaji’s Kriya Yoga – it keeps me grounded and connected, so feeds my teaching in a different way. Also just teach from your heart and it will always be ok.

Moose: Top three tracks/albums/artists in your playlist.

Ali: I recently stocked up on Yoga music in Rishikesh. One of my favourite Indian singers is Uma Mohan, anything by her is uplifting. I often play a song called Rivergoddess in class. Manish de Moor makes some amazing mixes of mantras, classical & electronic stuff. And I have a Shiva mantras CD by Craig Pruess and the Art of Living which is brilliant for Shavasana or falling asleep to.

Moose: Top three books you would recommend to the world.

Ali: ‘Autobiography of a Yogi’ by Paramahamsa Yogananda was full of revelations for me and tells the story of Kriya Yoga. I recently re re-read the Yoga Sutras and its amazing how we can always find something fresh in it. Right now I’m reading Mooji’s ‘Breath of the Absolute’ – you can feel his stillness and compassion coming out of its pages. Can I have one more? – Lal Ded, a poetess from Kashmir has been a big inspiration.

Moose: Are you a juice juicer or a smoothie blender?

Ali: Both! I think smoothies are winning at the moment, as I feel like you can be a bit more spontaneous with them, like cooking.

Moose: You live in a houseboat on the Thames, correct? Can you tell us a little about that lifestyle (pros/cons?), how long you have been doing so, and what made you choose water over land?

Ali: I live on a narrow boat, mainly on the River Lee which runs from East London to Hertfordshire and has some beautiful countryside and wild marshland. As a ‘continuous cruiser’ I’ve been living a bit of a nomadic life on the rivers and canals for nearly 3 years (we have to move every 2 weeks). The lifestyle is very free/ freeing and helps me stay connected with nature even though I’m in a huge and loud city. The people I’ve met are just amazing, the community is very strong and supportive. I love the constant change, though its not for everyone and you do have to be prepared for a more minimal and physical existence.

Moose: Do you think you would ever live on land again?

Ali: Never say never! I am sure there are lots of similar communities finding a way to live a little bit differently. But it would be hard to leave behind the soothing and healing effects of living on water.

Moose: You provide Sound Bath sessions. How did you get into this practice, and is there a place where one can train and learn more about this method of healing?

Ali: Sound has given me some of my deepest experiences and I began incorporating it with Yoga through a brilliant sound therapist friend. The London School of Sound Healing has some great courses – recently I attended a gong training with Sheila Whitaker. Most of the work is intuitive and learning to allow the sound to play through you, not the other way round.

Moose: Do you have a favourite gong/bell/singing bowl?

Ali: No favourites! But I recently picked up a huge bowl in Dharamasala (which is in Dublin this weekend), it has such a huge range of overtones and feels very healing and grounding – it reminds me of the Ganga river.

Moose: What is the significance of Piriamvada?

Ali: I was given the name by my teacher Yogrishi Vishva Ketu and it means ‘sweet expression’ or ‘speaks with love’. I think its a name I’m growing into!

Ali / Piriamvada

Moose: What is your stance on the vegan/vegetarian approach to life, and why.

Ali: I’ve been vegi since 8 and vegan for about 4 years. For me it just makes sense: I don’t want to cause harm to another being and there is no reason to – we have amazing fresh plant foods available and so much knowledge about how to eat well – both ancient and new. I have always felt this principal comes before any pleasure I could get from consuming something.

Moose: How do you view the big picture, Life, etc.?

Ali: Our practise on the mat is practise in a bigger sense, for how we live our life, and vice versa. As Sri Aurobindo said, ‘all life is Yoga’. At the moment I’m just trying to approach all of it with love and without expectation.

Moose: Best thing about teaching yoga?

Ali: Its such a privilege to share the thing I am most passionate about with others. Plus the people I’ve meet, the constant change and variety, getting up every day and loving going to ‘work’!

Moose: You have shown interest in class swaps with other yoga teachers on your meetup page. Is this something you would encourage other teachers to do so also, and why?

Ali: I get a lot of solitude in my lifestyle and my self practise is so important but I also know its good to come out of my Yoga-bubble sometimes! Its supportive and reassuring to connect with other Yoga teachers. We can learn from everyone – our teachers, other teachers, our students.


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Seek Truth

God is Truth. What that really means is Truth is God. There is no higher authority than Truth. Truth is what is real, unchanging and unbiased. All else is illusion. Illusion is neither good nor bad. These qualities only exist in the mind. Your thoughts create your reality. Think clearly. Meditate. That is to say, sit in stillness for a while. As long as you wish. Just do it. And don’t worry about death. Ever. When all is said and done, Truth prevails.


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