Find your diamond being with the 100 Syllable Mantra – Vajra Sattva transcription

The 100 Syllable Mantra, chanted formally from memory during the Vajra Sattva Purification Practice, is basically a confessional exercise and should only be done after completing the prayers said prior to meditation. The practice involves reviewing one’s imperfections, the faults and failings of the pain body, all rooted in false identification with the mind stream. Through this ancient mantra we shift away from falsehoods toward the Truth of our divine light body, heal separation anxiety and bring union to Self.

Union, a direct translation of the Sanskrit word yoga, is the ultimate aim of all yogic practice.

AUM
VAJRA SATTVA SAMAI YA MANU PALAYA
VAJRA SATTVA TENO-PA
TETRA DRIDHO MEH BHAWA
SUTO KAYO MEH BHAWA
SUPO KAYO MAH BHAWA
ANURAKTO MEH BHAWA
SARWA SIDDHI MEH PRA-YATZA
SARWA KARMA SUDZA MEH
CITTAM SIRIYAM KURU HUM
HA HA HA HA
HOH
BHAGA WEH SARWA TATHA GATA VAJRA
MAH MEH MUNDZA
VAJRA BHAWA MAH
SAMAYA SATTO
AH

The following are three transcribed versions of the mantra. It’s good to compare different transcriptions in order to get a solid feel for the underlying meaning:
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Healthy snack recommendations for yogins with low blood sugar

Proper nutrition is a main focus of yogic philosophy, through the practice of Ayruvedic Medicine, which suits me just fine as there is scarcely anything I love more than good eating.

Although I consume at least 3 hearty meals a day, that alone is not enough to keep up my weight and I find I must have snacks on hand, especially when doing a yoga class. Such is the lot of those of us with low blood sugar! Protein is the key to appetite stability, and so is staying away from quick junk food. Here is a list of my preferred snacks:

  1. Brazil nuts and dulse
  2. Hemp protein (8 grams of protein/tbsp.) with yogurt or juice
  3. Rye crackers with nut butter
  4. Sunflower/pumpkin seeds with a banana
  5. Carrot sticks and peanuts
  6. Apples and Jarlsburg

Yoga postures can help relieve sinusitus

Spring has sprung and that can mean the onset of allergy season for many people. Sinusitis, a real drawback to this welcomed time of year, can be helped through the practice the following yoga postures:

Bhujangasana – cobra pose
Simhasana – lion pose
Adho Mukha Svanasana – downward facing dog
Setu Bhanda – little bridge
Halasana – plow pose
Knees to chest, supine
Standing forward bend
Wide angle seated forward bend

Vinyasa, or flow yoga, like Surya Namaskar – the Sun Salutation – can be of great benefit as well. It, along with another much loved vinyasa the Moon Salutation – will get the circulation going, and help with cleaning the blood stream.

If you aren’t particularly stuffed up already there are a couple of useful breathing techniques to help clear the sinuses:

Beginner: Nadi Shodana – alternative nostril breathing
Advanced: Kapali Bhati – paradoxical breathing

Non-yoga tip for building antibodies to your surrounding allergens: eat local honey daily and take high quality bee pollen as a supplement. (Bee pollen has all the B-vitamins, so essential for combating allergies.)