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    This Full Moon celebrates the Buddha

    Today’s full moon is traditionally dedicated to the Buddha’s birthday and is known as Buddha Purnima (the full moon of the Buddha). Historians can’t agree when he was born exactly, but it was certainly over 2500 years ago. His teachings are unparalleled for their understanding of human nature and psychology. If people could get beyond the mistaken notion that Buddhism is a religion (although through local adaptations in some cultures it has effectively become one), it would be clear that what the Buddha taught is of universal benefit and far from exclusive or dogmatic. Some yoga practitioners, including many yoga teachers, are not sure why the Buddha so often shows…

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    Weekend Yoga Retreat at Radhadesh in the Belgian Ardennes

    Energise yourself with a weekend of yoga Friday June 30th to Sunday July 2nd at Radhadesh (Durbuy) We’re delighted to be able to welcome Ram back to Belgium for a weekend of yoga and meditation focusing on Mantra, Mudra, Kirtan and, of course, Asana! Join us for a weekend retreat at Radhadesh* in the Ardennes to revitalise yourself through Mantra, Meditation and Yoga, led by Susan Hopkinson and Ram Vakkalanka. Ram will share rare Mudras for Zodiac signs and a Zodiac Meditation, which are known to very few people. Deep insights into some popular Mantras will help you get more out of your Mantra meditation. The weekend will be full…

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    Peace is an inside job.

    Happy International Day of Peace! Given our current global situation, it’s hard not to raise an eyebrow at this ill-fated UN Day of Peace, celebrated each year on the 21st of September since 1981. Let’s leave aside the sad truth that the world is considerably less peaceful now than it was in 1981, and take this opportunity to remember that cultivating the peace we so strongly crave is unquestionably an inside job. This is no conspiracy theory! This is time-tested wisdom that shows us clearly the most direct path to peace. Many of you will have joined me in chanting the shanti mantra “Om Shantisshantisshantihi” at the end of our…

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    Sound Healing Workshops

    Join Ram Vakkalanka to learn about the profound practice of Nāda Yoga, which he describes as: “A combination of philosophy, medicine, metaphysics, and physical yoga, the premise of Nada Yoga is that all things in the Universe, including living beings, are made of sound vibrations, called Nada. It is believed that Nada is the building block of the cosmos and that this energy brings everything together. This connection with sound means that Nada Yoga is often associated with music, harmony, chanting, and how these things can bring beings closer to oneness with the cosmos. Nada is also often used to bring focus to ones energy centers, or Chakra. The use…

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    Healing with Sound

    Join Ram Vakkalanka to learn about the profound practice of Nāda Yoga, which he describes as “a combination of philosophy, medicine, metaphysics, and physical yoga, the premise of Nada Yoga is that all things in the Universe, including living beings, are made of sound vibrations, called Nada. It is believed that Nada is the building block of the cosmos and that this energy brings everything together. This connection with sound means that Nada Yoga is often associated with music, harmony, chanting, and how these things can bring beings closer to oneness with the cosmos. Nada is also often used to bring focus to ones energy centers, or Chakra. The use…

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    The Highest Mantra

    Like lots of people, one of my favourite daily practices is chanting Sanskrit mantras. Even my most sceptical students quickly feel the benefits of chanting once they get over any initial embarrassment at using their voice. Anyway, it doesn’t matter if you can’t sing well because Mantra chanting is not intended to be a musical practice, even though many people these days make beautiful music with mantras. The real benefit lies in the vibrations created by the sound of the voice, and the calming, peaceful energy that arises from silent repetition, which is profoundly healing. All ancient languages are powerful in this way, so chanting in Hebrew, or Ancient Greek…