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Category - Stories and Tales

Chinese Astrology – Find Your Animal

Chinese, inspiration, Myths & Legends, Stories and Tales

Chinese astrology (shengxiao – ‘born resembling’), is a repeating cycle of 12 years, with each year represented by an animal and its personality attributes. Chinese people associate each animal with certain characteristics. It’s believed that people have the personality…

End of Year Gratitude to You

Healthy Living, inspiration, Language, Stories and Tales, Teacher Training, Uncategorized, Yoga, YTT

As the year comes to a close, it is time to review the year. December is the beginning of the end. Blink and the end of year will be here. The death of one year while the birth…

Baci Ceremony – Calling the Spirits

Adventure Tours, Buddhist, Featured, inspiration, Myths & Legends, Prayer, Stories and Tales, Yoga travel

BACI ບາສີ Baci is an important ceremony in Lao culture, a ritual to celebrate important events and occasions, like births, marriages, monkhood, travel, or ill health and to honour guests. Baci can take place all year, any day…

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…