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How Mind Control Influence a Person’s Life

The Value that Factors in Governing Your Mind

Since ancient times, philosophers have discussed the importance of the mind control in governing human life. That, in our reality, all matter that exists, these external things were and are the result of thought, consciousness. Simply put, if a person thinks of themselves as wealthy, they would acquire wealth. If a person were to think of thoughts about lack, poverty would produce the corresponding effects; like, like attraction, in the person’s life circumstances. Today, modern science has acknowledged the truth of these findings, through Quantum Theory.

Mind-Control

Yoga has specific techniques that deal with the science of mind control. Shankaracharya defined the mind in four different ways as per its functions: manas for the job of resolving and doubting; buddhi for the decision and judgment; Asmita for the consciousness of its individual existence and Chita for remembering the previous experiences.

The Mind is a vast collection of thoughts and traces of past experiences. When you are born, your mind is the collection of samskaras collected over the previous births. Those samskaras, whose fruits have already been enjoyed have been wiped out. But as you grow up, new samskaras are being added continuously due to various acts performed by you from birth to death. This translates into the law of karma, which states that the events one faces in his life are the results of his past activities and his mind at birth contains the samskaras from his previous births.

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Yoga recognizes five factors, basic to the mind of every person. They are called kleshas because they are the forefathers of every human misery. They are: avidya which is the false knowledge or ignorance of one’s true self concerning the objects; Asmita or ego feeling since in yoga, body, and soul are two different aspects; raga is the liking of pleasurable experience; dvesha or aversion to pain; abhinivesha or fear of death.

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Yoga understands human behavior from the perspective of these five qualities that are assumed to be present in a person since birth and are considered as the impurities of the mind. They make a person unstable and agitated. Yoga is a holistic tool, serving the entire body, and a person’s lived experience, through the way of dhyana, contemplation, and meditation, and pranayama to aid in the cleansing of your mind.

3 Tips for Drinking More Water

In our modern world, with a plethora of sugary drinks, and stimulants which provide no benefit to the human body, what is evident and logical is for us as a species is to drink water, ALL THROUGHOUT THE DAY.

The human body is made up of 70% water, and when we work out, sweat, we lose water, hence needing to be re-hydrated, and when we consume fatty, high salt, processed, satured foods with little to no water content, it requires us to drink even more water, to replenish the organs that would otherwise draw water from more natural foods, like vegetables and fruit in their raw form. So, here are 3 quick tips to keep you on track to staying hydrated for optimal health.

  1. KEEP WATER ACCESSIBLE

If you’re using a water filter (highly recommended) or buying bottled water (we encourage buying water in GLASS, not plastic bottles) and keep them in stored in cupboards at room temperature. Whenever you go to the gym or do any kind of workout, always have water nearby, so you can reach for it. On your way out the door to work, grab a bottle, or before any trip that will be 30 minutes or longer, grab a bottle of water. When you’re at home, grab a bottle or glass of water, preferably taking in up to 4-8 glasses of water in a 6 hour period.

Whenever you’re sitting watching TV or a movie, keep the bottle in your hand with the lid off. Take little sips until the bottle is empty. Making water easily accessible to you, is a win.

  1. ADD LEMON OR LIME OR MINT…

Water in its cleanest form is refreshing, hydrating, and thirst-quenching. For added taste, you can add lime or lemon to your water, which is also very beneficial for alkalizing the body and assisting the liver to detox. Adding the mint herb provides a refreshing burst. Adding other slices of fruits such as oranges, pineapple or watermelon adds a natural and subtle sweetness. Be mindful that the objective is to drink water clean with no additives, so limit fruit to one or two slices.

  1. CHOOSE WATER OVER OTHER DRINKS

Whenever you eat out, always choose to have a glass or glass bottle of water in addition to your meal, being mindful to aim to drink 15min-20min before or after your meal. If you are drinking alcohol, this will dehydrate your organs including your skin, which is even more reason to either replace alcohol and sugary drinks with water or have water in addition to those drinks of choice. After some time, you will appreciate water being an essential part of your life-force and craving your old drinks will be a thing of the past.

Choose life, choose more water.

Get into Nature

The Benefits of immersing yourself in nature are instant. At Yoga Bodi we are a big believer and advocate for connecting with nature. It’s like pressing a reset button on our human program.

We all go about our day to day lives, often without a thought about our environment, and how it impacts us; the energies, frequencies, vibration…with the exception of people who work in nature or do work for the environment and animals, many of us just see nature as a background to our foreground.

Tips to make nature part of your life


OCEAN

Seek out the ocean. Swim in it. Float in it. Meditate by it. The ocean (Oshun) is a large body of incredibly powerful negative ions that when we get physically close to river or ocean water, the cells in our body react favorably, regenerating themselves… Our physical bodies consist of 76% water, as does our brain, lungs and other organs therefore we respond very positively to water on a holistic level. Even rain has amazing benefits for clearing energy and assisting with intention.

If you cannot get to the ocean find a river, waterfall or even a pool. The next best thing is a bath.

BATH (alternative to the Ocean)

Soaking in the bath with natural oils to help soften and cleanse your auric field (energetic layers of energy around the physical body), as well as soften your muscles and induce relaxation of your mind.

While in the bath aim to meditate or chant. Place flowers, herbs and salts in the bath with you. Have plants around you. Burn sage, Palo Santo or a non-toxic incense. Try to avoid having a bath with beauty products that include synthetic chemical ingredients and instead opt for natural products or simply a Himalayan rock salt, seaweed, olive oil or aromatherapy oils.

FOREST

Find a place with ample trees and connect with the trees by physically leaning with your back against the tree and or hugging the tree. Aim to connect and request for it to assist you in clearing your energies. Stay for a while and meditate imagining the tree gradually and lovingly removing the negative energies. You should feel yourself becoming calmer and more supported. The tree literally will have your back. Ensure you thank it, giving gratitude before you move on.

If you cannot find a forest or national park, find any tree in your location and make the same connection, as best you can. Find a local park. There are trees everywhere and like the ocean, it is a beautiful energetic conductor resource that encourages many metaphysical benefits.

PLANTS

Get some indoor plants. We love plants indoors. They offer so much positive energy and air cleansing. Talk to your plants, be sure to care for them and they will care for you.

SUNSHINE

When the sun is shining, strip off and make every effort to soak in the rays for not only Vitamin D, something melanated people need a lot of, but also to absorb the many metaphysical benefits of sun exposure, we will cover in another article.

Allow your eyes to capture the light from the sun during your day to day. We are told to wear sunglasses, and although sunglasses look cool, it is more beneficial for your eyes to be exposed to some of the ultraviolet light while outside.

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How to Approach Your Hatha Yoga Practice Plus Ivananda’s Hatha Yoga 12 Asana Sequence

Ha means ‘Sun’ and tha means ‘Moon’. Hatha is the balance between Sun and Moon energies in you. Moon energy is related to cool, comforting, introverted, feminine, and intellect. Sun energy on the other hand is warm, challenging, masculine, and governs vital processes in our body. The Moon and Sun energies are called ‘Ida’ and ‘Pingala’ respectively in yoga.

Every time we breathe one of our nostrils is dominant. If the left nostril is dominant, then Ida is more. If the right nostril is dominant, then Pingala is more. By identifying the correct energy, the right set of asanas are performed in conjunction to achieve a balance between the mental and physical aspects of the body. For example, for Ida, back stretches, twists, and standing poses are performed. In the case of Pingala, seated postures are performed.

An all-encompassing yoga practice contributes to a range of positive changes. These changes do not pertain to just our physical selves only.

Our emotional and mental health are also positively affected by these Hatha Yoga practices at the same time. They lead to the release of grief and sadness from our minds, promote happiness and intense feelings of wellbeing, and of course, bring an all-round experience of relaxation and calm.

Facilitating an effective means to feel more connected and engaged with the elements of ourselves and the real world.
Here we offer some tips on how to approach your Hatha yoga practice and things to consider.

For beginners, aim to quiet the mind in preparation for each and every asana. Aim for focused pranayama, breath control in order to open the channels and warm the body.

If you are following classes online or on-site, ensure you follow the instruction of an experienced yoga teacher to avoid injuries. If a yoga teacher is not correcting your incorrect body alignment, it usually
means they don’t see the error, this may be a sign of their lack of experience.

Be mindful to find experienced teachers that understand anatomical adjustments that may be required during the class. If you are practicing alone, consider your alignment and move in and out of each asana with care.

As you perform the asanas, be aware of how the energy is moving throughout your body, how you feel. By tuning into the muscles, ligaments, nerves, and any stagnation or tension in the body and with your breath shift smoothly into the next asana, ensuring to lengthen and use the breath to release the energies. During all postures, inhale using the diaphragm, not the chest muscles. Hold the breath on the inhale for a few seconds and then hold the breath on the exhale for a few seconds.

Do not stretch unduly or force the body. Relax into the poses. Don’t worry if you can’t perform them all. The only competition is with yourself. Be gentle with yourself, in time, you will find the body becoming more flexible and supple. Most importantly, free the mind of thoughts. Thoughts will come up during your practice; conversations, events, things to do…let thoughts pass as they come to you, avoid remaining too long on thoughts that come up, as they can incur blockages in the energy centers should your thoughts induce anxiety and tensions, again just focus on the breathwork.

Sivananda Hatha Yoga 12 Asana Sequence
Spiritual teacher and founder of several schools and author of 296 books, 200 of those about yoga, Sivananda Saraswati created one of the most common Hatha Yoga sequences besides the Surya Namaskar, Sun Salutation. Here we present the Sivananda Hatha Yoga 12 asana sequence and the benefits these asanas have on the body. Try each one carefully, gradually increasing your flexibility, range of motion, and strength.

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Yirser Ra Hotep

The grandmaster Yirser Ra Hotep. We talk all things Kemetic Yoga, the origins of Hatha yoga, where to learn Kemetic Yoga and much more…

Except from the Yoga Bodi Magazine…

There is evidence of the practice of yoga asanas/postures in African countries… How did Kemetic Yoga come about in the United States? 

When I met Dr. Hapi, we both were aware that ancient Egypt was the birth place of world civilization because of the works of Yosef Ben Jochonnan, Cheikh Anta Diop, John Henrique Clarke and others. We surmised that Yoga also had an African origin but did not have clear perception of the exact dynamics of it.

During my life I have been able to travel to many places in the world starting with a trip to Jamaica, the birthplace of my father at the age of 12 in 1966. This was a life-altering experience for a boy from the projects. I was exposed to aspects of reality that others from my community were not able to experience in terms of culture and nature. To fly in an airplane for the first time was a phenomenal experience. To see the ocean and dolphins as I looked down from 20,000 feet was truly awesome.

One of the motivations for doing our research to formulate a Kemetic approach to Yoga was due to seeing so many Black folks seek their spiritual foundation in India and Hindu religion. Even though I studied the Indian texts and knew them, I also studied those from Kemet and other parts of Africa and could see a difference. In Kemetic Yoga we see unique poses and postures that are not known in India. We also see that the cosmological foundation of Kemet is the concept of Ma’at which states the nature of reality is order, harmony, balance, reciprocity, justice and that all can be understood via the seven principles of Tehuti. Our entire cosmological, philosophical, and ethical guidelines could be obtained from our own ancestral source without having to assimilate in Indian and Hindu Aryan culture which is hostile to Black people.

So of course Kemetic Yoga is met with hostility by some Black people who cannot believe that Africa has ever produced anything. Some are not able to accept the reality of the caste system in India and the subjugation of dark-skinned Indians under their concepts of Varna (color) and Karma. So, we get resistance from those quarters. We also get resistance from the mainstream commercial Yoga community that comprises a multi-billion dollar industry. They see Kemetic Yoga as a threat to their monopoly over the narrative of Yoga’s origin and antiquity. So, for example except for a small article that appeared in the 1990s, we have been Blacklisted or whitewashed by Yoga Journal. In a major article that I was interviewed for that focused on the top Black Yogis in the world, I was edited out by the Yoga Journal editorial staff. In the 1990s when I attempted to tour the major Yoga studios of California, the bastion of Yoga in America, I was turned down with the excuse that Kemetic Yoga would “confuse” their students. Consequently, we have quietly built an underground movement that permeates the African community. We have been able to train and certify over 2000 instructors throughout the world, curate Soul Yoga Fest on 3 continents, sell many thousands of copies of our DVDs and CDs and be invited all over the world to speak and present workshops.

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Detoxification and Yoga

Yoga is healing on so many levels, but the most noticeable is of emotional and physical detoxification .

It is important to ensure you stay hydrated prior to after a Yoga practice, preferably with a litre of filtered water, in order to assist with replenishing your kidneys, hydrating your entire system and assisting to flush out toxins from your body.

When we do abdominal twisting motions such as Ardha Matsyendrasana/Half Lord of the Fish Pose – Seated spinal twist, we help the organs, especially the liver to be flushed with lymphatic fluids and blood toward the cardiovascular system.

This is important to prevent stagnation in the bloodstream and to ensure the steady flow of waste and by-products to leave the system. Otherwise, you will be host to parasites, weight gain, dehydration, muscular aches and pains.

Other asanas to practice for detoxification include:

Parivrtta Ardha Chandrasana – Half Moon twist

Marichyasana – Marichi’s pose

Parivrtta Hasta Padangusthasana – Twisted hand to big toe

Parivrtta Parsvakonasana – Twisted side angle

Bharadvajasana 1– Bharadvaja’s Twist

Organic vs Non-Organic

Most countries around the world have an established organic certification program that demands strict standards under government control on all organic foods. Food manufactures and produce farmers are required to label and sell their products as per the strict certification standards of that country. Some smaller growers can be considered exempt from the strict standards, so be sure to ask the grower how their produce is grown;

  • Do the fruit or vegetables include the spraying of chemical pesticides?
  • Does it include chemical fertilizers in the soil?
  • Have chemical herbacides been used around the vegetable or fruit to control weeds?
  • Have animal material been included as a fertilizer in the soil? If so, have those animals been injected with antibiotics, growth hormones and medications to prevent disease in the animal?

Not all growers and manufacturers adhere to the strict guidelines so it’s necessary to read labels and ask farmers market growers as many questions as you can.

Some people believe, that Genetically Modified Food (GMO) or pesticide and herbicide sprayed food is not going to effect them, but the science has already demonstrated that not only does the consumer become affected with medical symptoms over time, their offspring is also impacted, DNA is altered and even the growers who spray the produce are affected if they do not use precautions when spraying.

There is a lot of scientific research, academic papers, news articles, court cases, film documentaries… to demonstrate that there are specific factors that impact our health when we consume foods with pesticides and herbicides etc. Be informed.

Quotes supporting Veganism

We found over a hundred quotes from Vegans around the world. We hope this inspires those on the fence to research more about Veganism, the animal rights movement that we believe is interlinked, intersectionally, with social justice and human rights for melanin people all over the world.

There is way too much evidence available for people to see the truth about factory farming, negative energetic factors in animal slaughter, parasites and bacteria in meat and animal secretions (milk, cheese) and the enormous environmental impact on the planet among other things. Research, research, research. Go Vegan!

“May all that have life be delivered from suffering.” -Buddha

“It is much easier to show compassion to animals. They are never wicked.” -Haile Selassie

“I’ve found that a person does not need protein from meat to be a successful athlete. In fact, my best year of track competition was the first year I ate a vegan diet.” -Carl Lewis

“Animals share with us the privilege of having a soul.” -Pythagoras

“We are all animals of this planet. We are all creatures. And nonhuman animals experience pain sensations just like we do. They too are strong, intelligent, industrious, mobile, and evolutional. They too are capable of growth and adaptation. Like us, firsthand foremost, they are earthlings. And like us, they are surviving. Like us they also seek their own comfort rather than discomfort. And like us they express degrees of emotion. In short like us, they are alive.” -Joaquin Phoenix

“I am a firm believer in eating a full plant-based, whole food diet that can expand your life length and make you an all-around happier person.” -Ariana Grande

I just didn’t want to be fat. I got tired of breathing hard. I got tired of my joints hurting. I just got tired of being lied to.” -Waka Flocka Flame

“Everything in food works together to create health or disease. The more we think that a single chemical characterizes a whole food, the more we stray into idiocy.” -T. Colin Campbell

“We need to realize that these are beings that suffer the same as we suffer. They want freedom the way we want freedom.” -Russell Simmons

“Animal cruelty is one of the most unfortunate and barbaric demonstrations of human beings manipulating ill conceived notions of ‘power’ over other species.” -Ian Somerhalder

“There are two kinds of cardiologists: vegans and those who haven’t read the data.” -Dr. Kim Allan Williams

“If we kill off the wild, then we are killing a part of our souls.” -Jane Goodall

“Fed by plants, fed up with the world.” -Evan Baldonado

“Being vegan helped me realize I can say and do what I believe is right. That is powerful.” -Alicia Silverstone

“People get offended by animal rights campaigns. It’s ludicrous. It’s not as bad as mass animal death in factory.” -Richard Gere

“It’s not hard to make decisions once you know what your values are.” Roy E. Disney

“The greatness of a nation and it’s moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” -Gandhi

“If you think that being vegan is difficult, imagine being a factory farmed animal.” -Davegan Raza

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” -Anatole France

“I don’t see why someone should lose their life just so you can have a snack.” -Russell Brand

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“It takes nothing away from a human to be kind to an animal.” -Joaquin Phoenix

“Veganism is not a sacrifice. It is a joy.” -Gary L. Francione

“Only when we have become non-violent towards all life will we have learned to live well ourselves,” -Cesar Chavez

“Animals are not products. Life doesn’t have a price.” -Anonymous

“Every living creature has the right to live ethically.” -Dirk Verbeuren

“All life deserves respect, dignity, and compassion. All life.” -Anonymous

“To get mud off your hands, use soap and water. To get blood off your hands, go vegan.” -John Sakars

“Life is too short to make others shorter.” -Chris Hannah (Propagandhi)

“Consider that animals, like us, have one life. It is their life, their only life, and as important to them as our own life is to us.” -Jill Robinson

“Teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar is as valuable to the child as it is to the caterpillar.” -Bradley Miller

“I choose not to make a graveyard of my body with the rotting corpses of dead animals.” – George Bernard Shaw

“Regardless of anyone’s dietary motivations, the healthiest lifestyle is the one that’s most compassionate.” -Steve-O

“Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.” -Hippocrates

“The food you eat can either be the safest, most powerful form of medicine, or the slowest form of poison.” -Ann Wigmore

“Look into their eyes and tell them “I’m sorry, you have to die, but I need to eat”. Look into their eyes, and tell them “I know there is an abundance of plant based foods I could eat, but I would still rather eat you”. Look into their eyes and tell them “I know I don’t NEED to eat you, but I am going to pay someone else to murder you anyway” Look into their eyes and tell them “I’m sorry you lived a short enslaved, abused and tortured life, but I don’t care because I am selfish” Look into their eyes and tell them ” I love my cat/dog, but your life doesn’t matter as much” Go ahead, take a look into their eyes and tell them that!” ―Jenn V Keller-Lowe

“The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.” -Albert Einstein

“I’m a vegan. I respect the environment and I do my best to spread the importance of such an issue.” -Jared Leto

“It is not your right—based on YOUR traditions, YOUR customs and YOUR habits—to deny animals THEIR freedom so you can harm them, enslave them and kill them. Thats not what rights are about. Thats injustice. There is no counter-argument to veganism. Accept it. Apologize for the way you’ve been living. Make amends and move forward.” -Gary Yourofsky

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“Intellectually, human beings and animals may be different, but it’s pretty obvious that animals have a rich emotional life and that they feel joy and pain. It’s easy to forget the connection between a hamburger and the cow it came from. But I forced myself to acknowledge the fact that every time I ate a hamburger, a cow had ceased to breathe.” -Moby

“Whether you understand they evolved over billions of years or believe that a God made them all one afternoon, please be kind to animals.” -Ricky Gervais

“I’ve always abhorred violence and am highly sensitised to it. I do not think it benefits society or indeed any individual to become tolerant of violence… I feel if I can accept the abuse of these innocent, sentient creatures and my role in it then I could easily become apathetic about…well, everything, and that is a scary thought.” -Evanna Lynch

“Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.” -Albert Schweitzer

“Medicine is not healthcare, food is healthcare. Medicine is sick care. Let’s all get that straight for a change.” -Karen Pendergrass

“Eat food. Not too much. Only plants.” -Michael Pollan

Protecting the weak is the first step to enlightenment and being truly civilized.” -Gary Yourofsky

“Eat your medicine.” -Anonymous

“A healthy outside starts from the inside.” -Robert Urich

“Killing and eating animals is a betrayal of our own core humanity…killing an innocent goes against our nature.” -Evanna Lynch

“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” -Jane Goodall

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“Animals are near and dear to my heart, and I’ve devoted my life to trying to improve their lives.” -Betty White

“How would you feel, if the day that you were born, somebody else had already planned the day of your execution?” -Gary Yourofsky

“After all the information I gathered about the mistreatment of animals, I couldn’t continue to eat meat.” -Liam Hemsworth

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“I’m a vegan. I don’t want to torture anything. I guess it’s about trying to live a life where I’m not contributing to the cruelty of the world.” -Jessica Chastain

“The average age of a meat-eater is 63. I am on the verge of 85 and still at work as hard as ever. I have lived quite long enough and am trying to die; but I simply cannot do it. A single beef-steak; would finish me; but I cannot bring myself to swallow it. I am oppressed with a dread of living forever. That is the only disadvantage of vegetarianism.” -George Bernard Shaw

“Basically we should stop doing those things that are destructive to the environment, other creatures, and ourselves and figure out new ways of existing.” -Moby

“If you look at veganism, and question how we do things, and how we should be living, veganism, to me, seems like the logical way.” -Romesh Ranganathan

“When I became vegan I stopped training for myself and started training with a purpose greater than my own. Veganism for me is about mindfulness. I do this to liberate animals.” -Tim Shieff

“All animals should live happily and safely.” -Ariana Grande

“If it’s not good enough for your eyes, why is it good enough for your stomach?” -Gary Yourofsky

“Our thinking about non-human animals is very confused, and people who have chosen to live a cruelty-free plant-based lifestyle are baffled as to why other people have not made the connection. Many of us live with companion animals such as dogs, cats, and rabbits. We share our homes with them, consider them members of the family and we grieve when they die. Yet we kill and eat other animals who, if you really think about it, are no different from the ones we love.” -Benjamin Zephaniah

“Be the voice of those who can’t say …..’stop.’ Who can’t say ‘that hurts.’ Who can’t say ‘I’m so afraid to die.’ Be the voice of the animals!” -Miley Cyrus

“Wearing cosmetics that were tested on animals makes you ugly on the inside.” -Ricky Gervais

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“The health reasons are staggering! Do it also to take yourself out of the cycle of killing and abuse to living things. Show some compassion, and act on it.” -Ed Templeton

“My motto has always been ‘If you love animals, don’t eat them’ … The moment I began to understand what was going on with the treatment of animals, it led me more and more in the way of the path I am [on] now, which is a complete vegan.” -Bryan Adams

“The beef industry has contributed to more American deaths than all the wars of this century, all natural disasters, and all auto-mobile accidents combined. If beef is your idea of “real food for real people” you’d better live real close to a real good hospital.” -Neal D. Barnard

“No human influenced me to become vegan. The screaming, terrified, enslaved animals were the only influence needed.” -Gary Yourofsky

“Farm animals are far more aware and intelligent than we ever imagined and, despite having been bred as domestic slaves, they are individual beings in their own right. As such, they deserve our respect. And our help. Who will plead for them if we are silent?” -Jane Goodall

“What you eat every day is a far more powerful determinant of your health than your DNA or most of the nasty chemicals lurking in your environment.” -T. Colin Campbell

“As someone who loves animals, when I hear about a process that involves animal cruelty, I no longer want to be associated with it. Aside from the animal cruelty aspect of the meat/dairy industries, there are many health benefits associated with turning vegan, much to many people’s surprise.” -Lucy Watson

“The most ethical diet just so happens to be the most environmentally sound diet and just so happens to be the healthiest.” -Dr. Michael Greger

“It’s not a requirement to eat animals, we just choose to do it, so it becomes a moral choice and one that is having a huge impact on the planet, using up resources and destroying the biosphere.” -James Cameron

“There are viable (and usually better) alternatives to the use of animals for food, sport, clothing, & experimentation. I beg you to discontinue any actions that might cause or condone animal torture, abuse, or destruction.” -Moby

“Becoming vegan has given me a greater purpose, something bigger than myself to fight for, and fight I will.” -David Carter

“People feel poorly because they are nourished by foods you wouldn’t feed to your dog and cat. The rich western diet is full of fat, sugar, cholesterol, salt, animal protein — all the wrong foods for people.” -Dr. John McDougall

“You know what’s more insane than slaughterhouses? Meat eaters. Walking around, acting like their lifestyle isn’t causing any harm.” -Gary Yourofsky

“The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that’s the essence of inhumanity.” – George Bernard Shaw

“For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love.” -Pythagoras

“For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love.” -Pythagoras

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“I got into being vegan because I was simply looking to benefit from being more compassionate. I have since come to learn that it is an animal-based diet that is responsible for the overwhelming majority of cases of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, multiple sclerosis, and all kinds of other problems.” -Steve-O

“Stop filtering your nutrients through somebody else’s body.” -Gary Yourofsky

“Animal rights is a part of my everyday life. When you live by example, you create a certain level of awareness. Friends of mine – people I have never discussed animal rights or vegetarianism with – are adopting vegetarian habits because they see it.” -Joaquin Phoenix

“Veganism changed me. It taught me to look past myself. To consider how my choices effect others. The animals, the people around me, and the planet we live on.” -Kat Von D

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“I hope someday everyone will care about all animals, not just the ‘cute and cuddly’ ones.” -Joanne McArthur

“Cows scream louder than carrots.” -Alan Watts

“Animals on factory farms all face pain and fear, just like the animals we share our homes with, yet are repeatedly abused in shocking ways.” -Peter Dinklage

“It’s not about loving animals. It’s about fighting injustice. My whole goal is for humans to have as little contact as possible with animals.” -Gary Yourofsky

“We know we cannot be kind to animals until we stop exploiting them — exploiting animals in the name of science, exploiting animals in the name of sport, exploiting animals in the name of fashion, and yes, exploiting animals in the name of food.” -César Chávez

“I always say that eating a plant based diet is the secret weapon of enhanced athletic performance.” -Rich Roll

“By eating meat we share the responsibility of climate change, the destruction of our forests, and the poisoning of our air and water. The simple act of becoming a vegetarian will make a difference in the health of our planet.” -Thích Nhất Hạnh

“I hold that the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man” -Mohandas Gandhi

“One should not kill a living being, nor cause it to be killed, nor should one incite another to kill. Do not injure any being, either strong or weak, in the world.” -Buddha

“Every time you have a glass of cow milk, some calf is not.” -Gary Yourofsky

“Every kilogram of beef requires 100,000 liters of water to produce. By comparison, a kilogram of wheat requires just 900 liters, and a kilogram of potatoes just 500 liters.” -T. Colin Campbell

“Animals are not here for us to do as we please with. We are not their superiors, we are their equals. We are their family. Be kind to them.” -Ricky Gervais

“Now I can look at you in peace; I don’t eat you any more.” -Franz Kafka

“It is my view that the vegetarian manner of living, by its purely physical effect on the human temperament, would most beneficially influence the lot of mankind.” -Albert Einstein

“I did not become a vegetarian for my health, I did it for the health of the chickens.” -Isaac Bashevis Singer

“Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight.” -Albert Schweitzer

“What we must do is start viewing every cow, pig, chicken, monkey, rabbit, mouse, and pigeon as our family members.” -Gary Yourofsky

“A man of my spiritual intensity does not eat corpses.” -George Bernard Shaw

“If you choose to eat meat… you love PETS not ANIMALS.” -Miley Cyrus

“I love animals more than I love most people. Not kidding.” -Ariana Grande

“Being a vegan just helps me build up my self-esteem. I feel good about it every time I eat a meal.” -Steve-O

“I made the choice to be vegan because I will not eat (or wear, or use) anything that could have an emotional response to its death or captivity. I can well imagine what that must feel like for our non-human friends – the fear, the terror, the pain – and I will not cause such suffering to a fellow living being.” -Rai Aren

“You have just dined, and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse is concealed in the graceful distance of miles, there is complicity.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

“We don’t need to eat anyone who would run, swim, or fly away if he could.” – James Cromwell

“Thousands of people who say they ‘love’ animals sit down once or twice a day to enjoy the flesh of creatures who have been utterly deprived of everything that could make their lives worth living and who endured the awful suffering and the terror of the abattoirs.” -Jane Goodall

“This may surprise you, because it surprised me when I found out, but the single biggest thing an individual can do to combat climate change is to stop eating animals.” -James Cameron

“Clearly, animals know more than we think, and think a great deal more than we know.” -Irene M. Pepperberg

“If you could see or feel the suffering, you wouldn’t think twice. Give back life. Don’t eat meat.” -Kim Basinger

“Compassion is the awareness of a deep bond between yourself and all creatures. -Eckhart Tolle

“No member of the animal kingdom ever did a thing to me. It’s why I don’t eat red meat or white fish. Don’t give me no blue cheese. We’re all members of the animal kingdom. Leave your brothers and sisters in the sea.” -Prince

“Don’t wait for a better world. Start now to create a world of harmony and peace. It is up to you, and it always has been. You may even find the solution at the end of your fork.” -Sharon Gannon

“The heart of vegetarians is healed sooner than those of flesh-eaters.” -Virchand Gandhi

“Who are we to say dogs and cats have more rights than cows and pigs. They’re all conscious. They feel the same. They hurt the same. God help us understand!” -Izey Victoria Odiase

“The horse and the cow, the rabbit and the cat, the deer and the hare, the pheasant and the lark, please us better as friends than as meat.” -Élisée Reclus

“Mankind does not have dominion over the Earth, mankind has a relationship with the Earth.” -J. Adam Snyder

Which are you? Vegan or Plant Based?

The explosion of people across continents, switching to plant-based diets, is truly phenomenal. Whether Vegan or Plant-based eaters, it is a huge win for animal life, the environment/nature, and for the physical, mental, and spiritual health of human beings. The main takeaway is you’re not consuming animals anymore, and that is a phenomenal thing!

We give you the basic 101 on the difference between being a Vegan or being a Plant Based eater. Both are great, but there is a difference that it helps to be in the know about.

Vegan diets are high in nutrients and fiber while low in saturated fats. This has shown to lower blood pressure, regulate blood glucose levels, lower cholesterol, and promote overall health. Although different vegans fall under different categories for different reasons, they all have one thing in common and that’s a plant-based lifestyle.

Though there are different reasons for becoming vegan, Veganism, by its definition is purely an animal movement, a way of life solely for the protection of animal rights.

A Plant-Based diet solely depends on plants for food, it is not governed by any considerations for animal welfare, like Veganism. A healthy plant-based diet includes fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes, and whole grains. For a plant-based diet to be healthy, it should contain whole minimally processed plant foods.

Eating highly processed foods, although plant-based, can never offer you these benefits and can put your life at risk of developing lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and certain types of cancer. Processed foods are often high in saturated fats, trans fats, sodium, and other additives to curb your taste buds but harmful in the long run.

READ MORE in the Yoga Bodi Magazine (Issue 2)

Yoga Bodi Reveal

Every issue of the Yoga Bodi Magazine we interview yogis of Instagram. In our first issue, we found these Queens and we asked them all the same questions. In our second issue we interview 5 more Queens to discuss their yoga life.

Get ready to tap into the yoga life of Brittany Page, Latoya Maria, Betty Joshua, Ashley Nicole and Jessica Araujo, Jackie Banguera, Ericka Freckleton, Destiny Walker, Ese Walter and Tanesha Smikle.

Find out all about these superstar and inspirational Yogis and how the pursuit of happiness through Yoga has changed their lives.

READ the Yoga Bodi Reveal in Issue 1, Issue 2

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Get Loved Up with Koya Webb

We had the pleasure of interviewing Koya Webb, Yogi extraordinaire and founder and CEO of ‘Get Loved Up’. We talk to Koya about how and why she started Yoga, her wellness company, her travel destinations, what her daily routine looks like and much more…

Photo by @FishMakesPhotos

You support young people and environmental causes. Where did this passion in you originate, to be of help to others? Was there a catalyst that guided you to make your work inclusive of philanthropy, or are you simply walking the talk when it comes to yoga’s philosophy of cultivating compassion in seeking a connection to the divine? 

I’m simply following my soul. I feel the principals I’ve learned from religion and yoga have taught me how to treat people and take care of everyone within and outside of my immediate family.

Meditation and Pranayama helped me find my breath and connect with my spirit on a daily basis and that’s what guides me today. Yoga and holistic living helped me heal mentally, spiritually and physically.

We can heal from thousands of years of trauma by going within to work things out. We are also able to realize our power in a world where some feel they are powerless.

Read more of our interview with Koya in the Yoga Bodi Magazine Issue 1.

Photo by @FishMakesPhotos

Kemetic Yoga

The modern version of this ancient system was developed from primary research conducted by Dr. Asar Hapi and Master Yirser Ra Hotep (Elvrid Lawrence) of Chicago during the 1970s. Kemetic Yoga is a healing and regenerative Yoga system that is characterized by a series of geometrically progressive postures that creates alignment of the spinal column and corrects defects in the skeletal muscular system in order to relieve stress, increase blood circulation, nutrient and oxygen supply to vital body systems, and to allow internal life force energy and cerebral spinal fluid to flow more efficiently and abundantly throughout the entire body.

Kemetic Yoga™ is part of the YogaSkills™ Method of Yoga practice that
emphasizes creating conditions through activating the parasympathetic nervous system whereby the body and mind can heal themselves as opposed to extreme gymnastic and contortionist postures that often cause injury and result in useless competitive mindsets that plague the commercial Yoga industry today.

Excerpt from YogaSkills™

To connect with YOGASKILLS head to https://www.yogaskills.com/

Read more about Master Yirser Ra Hotep founder of YogaSkills™ in the Yoga Bodi Magazine Issue 1.

The Yoga Sutras

The Traditional Schools of Classical Indian Yoga are; Patanjala-yoga, Dhyana-yoga, Jnana-yoga, Bhakti-yoga, Karma-yoga, Kundalini-yoga, Hatha-yoga, Mantra-yoga, Laya-yoga, Raja-yoga, Jain-yoga, Bouddha-yoga.

We will briefly discuss Patanjali- yoga and the others branches will be discussed in future articles.

Maharishi Patanjali, has been considered ‘the father of Yoga’. Not much is known about Patanjali or which period of time he lived. Speculation suggests Maharishi Patanjali to have created the ‘Yoga Sutras’, the most widely used and followed resource for Yoga, may have been written anywhere between 200 and 500 B.C. However, the practice of breath control, physical yogic postures, meditation and body, mind, spirit philosophy, are also known to have been practiced much earlier on the continent of Africa.

Maharishi Patanjali was known supremely for his knowledge on healing; connecting the mind, body, spirit and nature in healing illness in people. He applied his philosophical doctrine and a physical body mechanics practice to rid the body of dis-ease and empower the person with the opportunity to heal themselves by knowing themselves more intimately and their connection to all things.

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Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras were created in 4 chapters with a total of 196 Sutras.

The first chapter includes 51 Sutras and is called Samadhi Pada, the blissful state of living. Being in the non-physical realm, completely unencumbered by the self, the ego, the me, the I. The goal is attaining Kaivalya; a liberation from the mindless chatter, detachment from yourself, a complete isolation, where the mind is silent and a connection with the divine is made. It takes great masterful concentration for this to occur. It is the ultimate in meditative states of awareness.

The second chapter includes 55 Sutras and is called Sadhana Pada, the path of practice. There are two paths to this; Kriya Yoga and Ashtanga Yoga also known as 8-Limbed Yoga.

The understanding is that Kriya Yoga, is to activate with intentional attempt to be studious and committed to mindful self analysis and research and study traditional texts on the subject to attain insight and wisdom in order to gradually diminish suffering and reach the state of bliss known as Samadhi. Patanjali illustrates the steps necessary to attain such a state;

  1. Tapas Perseverance, stamina and surrender
  2. Swadhyaaya Self-analysis, and awareness of the self
  3. Ishwara Pranidhaana Love and dedication to the Divine

Patanjali’s Ashtanga yoga, the 8 limbs of Yoga, is an eight part network that consists of; Yama (Universal Morality), Niyama (Self Discipline), Asana (Physical postures), Pranayama (Mastering the Breath), Pratyahara (Detachment), Dharana (Command over self, Concentration), Dhyana (Focused Meditation), Samadhi (Self-realization, Re-union with the Divine).

The third chapter is Vibhuti Pada with 56 Sutras, and it means to realize, to manifest once achieving samadhi; losing attachment to earthly woes within mind, previous lives, psychic imprints – samskaras and imprinted emotions – kleshas , nature and nurture programs – karma and habits – vasana. Lifting of the veil, to reveal the true state of being, and allowing untruths to drop away, removing all ignorance.

Vibhuti is primarily experienced in the higher realms of spiritual consciousness where the person is emancipated from humanity and instead they experience that of the divine, the super natural, in their merging and attainment of the 8 limbs of Yoga.

Kaivalya Pada means liberation and is the fourth chapter with 34 Sutras. It reflects on a deep inner standing of the self through solitude but without separation between oneself and others. It is a short but profoundly interesting chapter on how Patanjali theorizes that the state of consciousness at this juncture, when the self is emancipated from the self, and what is experienced.

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