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Category - Stories and Tales

Welcome the Fire Rooster

Chinese, Myths & Legends, Stories and Tales, Yoga travel

Chinese New Year Chinese New Year is the most important celebration in the Chinese calendar. Since it is not associated with any particular religion or people, the New Year is a universal celebration. This year, over 18% of the world’s…

What Colour is Your Prayer Flag?

Bhutan, Buddhist, Myths & Legends, Prayer, Stories and Tales, Teacher Training, Yoga

Images of colorful prayer flags fluttering in the wind, a dance of shadow and light against the majestic Himalayas. These speak of freedom and wishes for goodness and peace on the planet In the high mountains, it is…

Sukkha Dukkha

inspiration, Prayer, Stories and Tales

DUKKHA – दुक्ख It is 10 years since my Mothers passing this week, and it still stings into the core of my being to reflect on the loss. In our society and in much of the West, we look…

Shiva 5-Ohm

Myths & Legends, Prayer, Stories and Tales, Teacher Training, Yoga, YTT

I have always been fascinated by different cultures and how they intermingle. As a multi culti masala mix myself, Ive been interested in how people from different parts of the world see things, and how that is similar…

Shiva Shakti Prayer

Prayer, Stories and Tales, Yoga

KAPUR AARTI कर्पूरगौरं करुणावतारं karpura gouram karunAva tAram संसार-सारं भुजगेन्द्रहारम् । sansArahAram bhujagendra hAram सदा वसन्तं हृदयारविन्दे sada vasantam hridiyAr vinde भवं भवानी सहितं नमामि ।। bhavam bhavAni sahitam namAmi I bow to that camphor-hued, white complexioned Lord…

Sanskrit Pun!

inspiration, Stories and Tales, Yoga

This gibberish is actually an adoration of ViShNu yAyAyAyAyAyAyAyAyAyAyAyAyAyAyAyA | yAyAyAyAyAyAyAyAyAyAyAyAyAyAyAyA || To understand the meaning, we need to do anvaya–break up and associate syllables in the verse. yAyAyA, Ay, yAyAyA, Ay, AyAy,ayAya, ayAy, ayAy,ayAy, ayAy, | ayAy,…

Eating Good Luck

Chinese, Healthy Living, Myths & Legends, Stories and Tales

The Chinese language makes it easy to play with words and symbols. Homonyms (words sharing same pronunciation with different meanings) are common in folklore and stories.  In celebrations of food around the New Year, many dishes and ingredients…

What is Year of the Rabbit?

Myths & Legends, Stories and Tales, Uncategorized

How Does the Lunar Calendar Work? According to Chinese astrology, 2011 is Year of the Rabbit, beginning on February 3, 2011 through January 22, 2012.  There are 12 animal signs in Chinese astrology and Rabbit is the fourth…

The 12 Chinese Animals

Chinese, Myths & Legends, Stories and Tales

Many people view Chinese astrology and the Chinese animal signs as something they see on placemats  in restaurants. There is much more to these concepts and ideas that date back more than 2,000 years. I have always been…

Donkey in the Well

inspiration, Myths & Legends, Stories and Tales, Teacher Training

Many of you may have heard this story, but I was thinking of it recently and wanted to share this time old tale as a reminder for us to “take a step up” Once upon a time, a…