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Meditation. Breath work and high vibratory food and drink will enable you to access the spaces and places of your dreams

When we genuinely look after ourselves, we stay guarded; being selective with what we allow to enter our mind and our body and what we allow to touch our soul. To vibe high is not just a hip term, it’s a reality. Vibrations are a real thing that impacts everything on the planet. It was Nikola Tesla who said, “If you want to find the secrets to the Universe, think in terms of energy, frequency, and vibration.” The frequency of movies, music, language, food, and water are just some things to be mindful of when understanding what and how things impact you and those around you.

The most immediate way to improving your life is to rejuvenate your mind through meditation, deep breath work, yoga and/or dance, and most importantly to nourish your body, your temple with organic or pesticide-free plant-based foods; vegetables, fruits, and herbs.

Detox regularly and drink plenty of water, avoid drama and get in tune with your higher mind, begin to radiate and attract high vibrations, good vibrations. Avoid trying to change others, lead by example. We are all on our own path. Commit to a healthier life journey and upgrade you.

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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.

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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.

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Light

Let the light in. Let the light fill you up. Be light.

The opposite of light is dark. Some of us are conditioned to believe that darkness is a bad thing that it is dangerous and filled with horror… Whatever human beings perceive darkness through religion and general storytelling or even personal experiences, darkness does exist but perhaps not always in the way we understand it. Many creatures are nocturnal and thrive in the literal darkness, but they are not by our definition of negative beings, they are just sentient lives that thrive under a lack of solar light.

Balance comes with all things and although the light is radiant energy and paramount to our existence and aim for higher vibratory realities and the ultimate experience for transmuting forces of darkness, darkness also has its place in allowing us to understand what the light is, what value it has in our lives and how we expand as a result of the dark, be it lack of solar light – resting at night in homeostasis, repairing of our body while we astral travel to places unknown, or darkness such as negativity, trauma, and fear…

Those experiences that remind us that we are living on a plane of duality having a human experience, as a spiritual entity. So while you embrace the light with open arms, and an open heart and spirit, also embrace the dark. It exists for all living things and transforms us and allows us to germinate in its lack of light. It is accepting the darkness in ourselves and others, that we open ourselves up to be light.

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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