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what is karma yoga?

You are invited to Karma Yoga This is an opportunity to be in at the beginning – auspicious, they say. Take part in community, reap the benefits of karma yoga and have nice food. Please be in touch to arrange. When I was formulating Viveka Gardens, either serving in the Sivananda organisation or doing voluntary …

the state of grace

The state of grace:  sounds so beautiful and out of reach. But in fact it is entirely attainable through yoga practices, and by using some other simple techniques. Smiling, for instance :). Getting into a state of grace is also a pre-requisite for any transcendent work. Meditation, soul/spirit connection and healing, for example. This weekend …

what is bhakti yoga?

Bhakti is about the heart. Opening to oneself and to fellow beings brings joy. Devotional practices are somewhat lost now unless there is connection to a traditional rite, and then it may be staled by childhood coercion and resistance to ‘religion’. For many in the west, and I was/am one of them, a protestant and …

what is hatha yoga?

Hatha yoga encompasses the practices to do with the physical body: yoga postures (asana) and breathing exercises (pranayama).  Beginners benefit from increased health, flexibility and strength and very quickly are aware of the mental and emotional benefits: feeling of relaxation, increased well-being, greater clarity and better sleep and so on. So yoga also works on the level …

halwa

The warm aroma of cardamom in the kitchen brings a feeling of comfort and a smile. Halwa is often made to offer on an altar. Its heart-opening sweetness is welcome after satsang: ninety minutes of meditation, bhakti (devotional chanting) and a spiritual talk. It’s extra nice when infused with the good vibes of a yogi …

hummus

If you are starving hungry and only got access to a supermarket usually hummus is the only vegan thing you can find to eat of any nutritional value. But for a yogi it’s going to mean having garlic, a stimulant on a par with caffeine, and you’ll humming not ommming. Made with protein-rich chickpeas, humus is a …

visioning II report

Generous and inspired co-creators gathered on Saturday 3rd October. It was an invitation to share ideas about what Viveka Gardens could be/do, and what individuals desired for themselves and could offer. It was a heartening experience and very much in the flow. All this talent and goodwill on offer. Can’t wait to get going. Here …

web of life

It is The International Year of Soils and very exciting too it is to ponder (Grand)mother Earth. Science knows more about outer space than the diversity of soil micro-organisms and the complexity of their interactions, the soil web of life. Knowing more about the universe beneath our feet is key to what seems be the issue of this …

Viveka Gardens visioning 2

It’s a Yoga Farm! Yoga, growing, healing – how exactly is yet to be seen… Following the meet up at Hardwick House at the summer solstice, here’s the next chance to share your ideas, desires and contribution. This time in London. Could you collaborate on or contribute to Viveka Gardens, a future yoga farm? A lot …

kitcheri

Kitcheri is Indian fast food – old school. It’s a one pot dish with full nutrition: veg, rice and dhal. Simple and tasty comfort food, it’s a dish that all vegans and vegetarians would do well to add to their repertoire. It gives the grain-legume full amino acid complement. It’s a bit like making risotto because …

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