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    Equinox and Equilux: finding balance

    Today is the Autumnal Equinox, exact this afternoon (Thursday 22nd, 16:21 in Brussels), at the moment the Sun enters tropical Libra. Technically, this Sunday the 25th – the day of our Open House! – is the day of Equilux, where we have the same amount of light as dark. Your hand opens and closes, opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralysed. Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as birds’ wings. ~Jalal ad-Din Rumi (30 September 1207-17 December 1273) Rumi, born with a Libra Sun, is a beautiful embodiment of…

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    The Second International Yoga Conference in Delhi, India

    I was very pleased to have been able to be a Delegate for Belgium at the second International Yoga Conference in Delhi on 22 & 23 June 2016, along with my colleague, Bernadette Erpicum. Thirty five countries were represented, invited by AYUSH, the Indian Ministry for Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy. I enjoyed meeting nearly all national representatives, hearing about their communities and in some cases (notably Afghanistan, Kenya and Kuwait) also about the challenges they face in finding  acceptance for the practice of yoga on an official level. China had a large delegation, and yoga is really booming there. It was particularly inspiring to see that…

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    Ayurveda’s Affinity For Copper

    by Nathan Platt Ayurveda has a certain appreciation for copper. It is an important metal present in the ayurvedic conception of the human constitution and it is found in a diverse range of ayurvedic applications, including the storage of potable water, the refining of minerals for supplementation, and the creation of yantras for focusing worshipful intention. Humans have used copper for thousands of years. Indeed, copper was the first metal to be used purposefully by ancient people about 8,000 years ago and it was the first metal to be refined and purified about 5,000 years ago. Ayurveda’s similarly ancient roots date back to at least this period of time and…

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    Prajnaparadha, Our Crimes Against Wisdom

    Prajnaparadha is a Sanskrit word literally meaning “crimes against wisdom” (!). It’s a central concept in Yoga and Ayurveda, because it’s understood that doing things we know we shouldn’t is the cause of most disease and other suffering. Certainly, much of the suffering I have encountered personally and professionally has been the result of not doing what I knew I should, or doing what I knew I shouldn’t! Choosing to do something that we know deep down is not good for us – by ignoring or overriding our intuition or simple common sense – inevitably leads to trouble down the line.  Sometimes it’s only little things, like feeling uncomfortable after…

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    Time to clean up the house, time for a fall detox

    by Katariina Bastos Consider your body as a house. The house your self is living in. As any house, this one needs regular cleaning and fixing to stay well and functional. Couple of times a year a thorough, all-covering cleansing is needed, and the rest of the year simply dusting and keeping the corners tidy. Our daily living is toxic, more toxic than ever before. Just think about the chemicals and toxic waste surrounding us, on the plate, in the cosmetics, on the skin, in the clothing, in beds, in cars, in working environment. The air we breathe is polluted and the information we receive very often too. All these…