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Yoga: More Than Exercise

April 07, 2010 By: Matsya Siosal Category: Mind Body Spirit, Teachers, Yoga


Yoga is a system of techniques and exercises that help build and develop that collective consciousness within – the power of our own inner potential.

More than just exercise, yoga is the oldest system of personal development. Yoga teacher, author and Touchstones resource Sherri Baptiste spoke recently with Celedra about growing up in a renowned yoga family in the heart of  San Francisco’s vibrant yoga community and delved deeply into the holistic, transformative power of yoga. Take a moment to watch What is Yoga in our video library for more about yoga for body, mind and spirit. Other videos featuring the wisdom and warmth of Sherri Baptiste include: Empowerment through Yoga, Life as Moving Meditation and more. To view all videos featuring Sherri Baptiste click here, or

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Meet Richard Miller

April 05, 2010 By: Matsya Siosal Category: Teachers, Yoga


Richard Miller, PhD is a clinical psychologist and contemporary teacher of nondualism whose teachings emphasize spiritual awakening with psychological integration. Since 1973 he has been teaching classes, retreats, and trainings worldwide.

He is founding president of the Integrative Restoration Institute, co-founder of The International Association of Yoga Therapy, and a founding board member of the Institute for Spirituality and Psychology, and the Baumann Institute, dedicated to understanding pure Awareness and well-being.

For more information about Richard’s work and links to his websites please visit his page in our Sacred Living Resource Directory.

Part 1 of 3: Body

January 13, 2010 By: Julie Clayton Category: Living with Intention, Mind Body Spirit

Spiritual Tools for Conscious Living

There is so much information available these days about taking care of our bodies. At times it can seem overwhelming, not to mention contradictory. How do we recognize what is useful, what is coherent with our own unique biological system, and what will fit into our lifestyle?

With intention we can attune our awareness to the various elements of our body, which will provide feedback to support our particular health needs. With intention we can notice the innate intelligence within our body, expand our knowledge and understanding through outside information, and take responsive action.

As a new consciousness book and film reviewer, I read hundreds of books each year. Below I highlight one book for our physical, mental and spiritual “bodies” that I have found particularly useful. It just happens that these are mostly contemporary books, but there are many, many books, old and new, which can inform, inspire, and invigorate our intentions.

Beth Shaw’s Yogafit: The program for a more powerful, flexible and defined physique
Beth Shaw
Human Kinetics, 2009

Over the years I have been both a student and teacher of yoga, and like so many of us, my commitment to yoga goes in cycles of intensity according to my life circumstances. But what I always give myself is fifteen minutes of yoga stretches each morning, just to keep my joints loosened, my muscles stretched and worked, and to assure my body that I haven’t forsaken it. Beth Shaw’s Yogafit is a practical book suited for novice and experienced yogis alike. It has enough background information about yoga poses to satisfy our intellectual understanding, and specific experiential instructions to get us into each pose, hold it, and modify it, along with a photograph of someone in the pose. The last section of this book has ready-made workouts for fitness and specific sports activities, along with a chapter on diet and nutrition, and meditation. You can follow her workouts, make up your own, or just choose poses that resonate for you. Remember to take your time and breathe. And be sure to quiet the inner critic: yoga is not a competition, even with yourself. It’s a journey.

The Subtle Body: An Encyclopedia of Your Energetic Anatomy
Cyndi Dale
Sound True, 2009

Brain research has demonstrated that our mind can’t tell the difference between something real or imagined. So, for those who may be skeptical about energetic healing, I propose that it doesn’t matter if it is “true” or not. If, in our collective psyche, we have imagined and “experienced” it to be so, then it is so. Every health issue has a physical and energetic component and every organism has numerous energy bodies within it (think acupuncture meridians, chakras, light, electric frequencies, and so on). Ancient systems mapping these energetic bodies and “information highways” have stood the test of time; more modern research of our energetic nature permeates many related fields, including quantum physics.

Although Subtle Body does not present anything new in holistic healing, it is an outstanding compendium of subtle energy anatomy, where mechanism and mysticism find common ground in whole being consciousness. More so, it is marks a milestone in the merging of science and subtle energy healing traditions, without getting too esoteric. It is visually pleasing with outstanding color photographs and overall is an extraordinary body of work and reference book for subtle energy healing.

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August 21, 2009 By: Matsya Siosal Category: Living with Intention, Mind Body Spirit


So often in the accelerating pace of the dominant culture we find ourselves desperate for silence, stillness and solitude. This can be found by creating a sacred space in our home that we return to each day. Committing to the daily practice of meditation, mindful eating and exercise is another way of claiming sacred space in your life.

Sometimes though we really need to put some physical space between what we are carrying with us – the attitudes, emotions and patterns that impede an effortless and constant connection to the source of love, generosity, peace and compassion that is within us all. Read more »

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