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  • 42 ideals of Maat - February 6, 2013 - Written at least 2,000 years before the Ten Commandments of Moses, the 42 Principles of Ma’at are one of Africa’s, and [read more]

  • Acupuncture - April 12, 2011 - Acupuncture is an alternative medicine that treats patients by insertion and manipulation of needles in the body. Its proponents variously claim [read more]

  • Air sign (Zodiac) - April 11, 2011 - Fire signs (Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius) Earth signs (Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn) Air signs (Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius) Water signs (Cancer, [read more]

  • Animal magnetism - April 12, 2011 - Animal magnetism (French: magnétisme animal; Latin: magnetismus animalis), in modern usage, refers to a person’s sexual attractiveness or raw charisma. Originally [read more]

  • Apical Ancestor - April 11, 2011 - Noun (plural apical ancestors) In kinship and descent, a common ancestor from whom a lineage or clan may trace its descent. [read more]

  • Aquarius - April 11, 2011 - Aquarius (♒) (Greek: Ύδροχόος, “Hudroksoös”) is the eleventh of the astrological signs in the Zodiac, originating from the constellation Aquarius. In [read more]

  • Aries - April 11, 2011 - Aries (♈) (English pronunciation: /ˈeə.riːz/; meaning “ram”) is the first of the astrological signs in the Zodiac, named for the constellation [read more]

  • Asana - April 12, 2011 - Asana (Sanskrit āsana /aasana/sitting down)  is a body position, typically associated with the practice of Yoga, intended primarily to restore and [read more]

  • Astrological signs - April 11, 2011 - Astrological signs represent twelve equal segments or divisions of the zodiac. According to astrology, celestial phenomena reflect or govern human activity [read more]

  • Astrology - April 11, 2011 - These days, astrology isn’t viewed as a fortune-telling device. It’s a way to understand ourselves and our lives better. Astrology and [read more]

  • Axial precession - April 11, 2011 - In astronomy, axial precession is a gravity-induced, slow and continuous change in the orientation of an astronomical body’s rotational axis. In [read more]

  • Ayurveda - April 11, 2011 - Ayurveda is India’s traditional, natural system of medicine that has been practiced for more than 5,000 years. Ayurveda provides an integrated [read more]

  • Bandha - April 12, 2011 - Bandha (Sanskrit: बन्ध -binding, bond, arrest, capturing, putting together etc.[1]) is a term often employed in relation to yogic discourse and [read more]

  • Basti - April 12, 2011 - Basti is an important part of Shatkarma (sometimes known as Shatkriya), the yogic system of body cleansing techniques. It is intended [read more]

  • Bhakti Yoga - April 12, 2011 - Bhakti yoga (Devanāgarī: भक्ति योग) is one of the types of yoga mentioned in Hindu philosophies which denotes the spiritual practice [read more]

  • Buddhism - April 11, 2011 - Buddhism is a religion to about 300 million people around the world. The word comes from ‘budhi’, ‘to awaken’. It has [read more]

  • Cancer - April 11, 2011 - Cancer (♋) is the fourth of the astrological signs in the Zodiac, originating from the constellation of Cancer. In astrology, Cancer [read more]

  • Capricorn - April 11, 2011 - Capricorn (♑) is the tenth of the astrological signs in the Zodiac, originating from the constellation of Capricornus. In astrology, Capricorn [read more]

  • Cardinal Sign (Zodiac) - April 11, 2011 - In astrology, a cardinal sign (also called by older astrologers a moveable sign) is a sign of the zodiac that initiates [read more]

  • Chakra - April 12, 2011 - Chakra is a concept originating from Hindu texts and used in Hindu practices. Its name derives from the Sanskrit word for [read more]

  • Chinese Buddhism - April 12, 2011 - Chinese Buddhism (simplified Chinese: 汉传佛教; traditional Chinese: 漢傳佛敎; pinyin: Hànchuán Fójiào) refers collectively to the various schools of Buddhism that have [read more]

  • Chinese martial arts - April 12, 2011 - Chinese martial arts, also referred to by the Mandarin Chinese term wushu (simplified Chinese: 武术; traditional Chinese: 武術; pinyin: wǔshù) and [read more]

  • Chinese traditional medicine - April 12, 2011 - Traditional Chinese medicine (中醫, pinyin: zhōng yī) (TCM), is a label that covers a broad range of traditional medicine practices spread [read more]

  • Chinese Zodiac - April 11, 2011 - The Shēngxiào (Chinese: 生肖), better known in English as the Chinese Zodiac, is a scheme that relates each year to an [read more]

  • Confucius - April 12, 2011 - Confucius (Chinese: 孔子; pinyin: Kǒng zǐ; Wade–Giles: K’ung-tzu, or Chinese: 孔夫子; pinyin: Kǒng Fūzǐ; Wade–Giles: K’ung-fu-tzu), literally “Master Kong”,[1] (traditionally 28 [read more]

  • Cranio-Sacral Therapy - October 9, 2011 - CRANIO-SACRAL THERAPY Cranio-sacral therapy is energetic body work which focuses at the level of the central nervous system and the dream [read more]

  • Deva (Hinduism) - April 12, 2011 - Deva (देव in Devanagari script) is the Sanskrit word for god or deity. In modern Hinduism, it can be loosely interpreted [read more]

  • Dharma - April 12, 2011 - Dharma (Sanskrit: धर्म dhárma, Pali: धम्म dhamma; lit. that which upholds or supports) means Law or Natural Law (as in the [read more]

  • Dhauti - April 12, 2011 - Dhauti is an important part of the Shatkarma (sometimes known as Shatkriya), the yogic system of body cleansing techniques. It is [read more]

  • Earth sign (Zodiac) - April 11, 2011 - Fire signs (Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius) Earth signs (Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn) Air signs (Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius) Water signs (Cancer, [read more]

  • Empath - September 18, 2013 - Empathy is the ability to read and understand people and be in-tune with or resonate with others, voluntarily or involuntarily of [read more]

  • Enlightenment - April 12, 2011 - Bodhi (Sanskrit: बोधि) is both a Pāli and Sanskrit word traditionally translated as “enlightenment”, but frequently (and more accurately) translated as [read more]

  • Feng shui - April 12, 2011 - Feng shui (/ˌfʌŋˈʃweɪ/ ( listen) fung-SHWAY,[1] formerly /ˈfʌŋʃuː.i/ FUNG-shoo-ee;[2] Chinese: 風水, pronounced [fə́ŋʂwèi]) (or Fung shui) is an ancient Chinese system [read more]

  • Fire sign (Zodiac) - April 11, 2011 - Fire signs (Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius) Earth signs (Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn) Air signs (Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius) Water signs (Cancer, [read more]

  • Fixed Sign (Zodiac) - April 11, 2011 - The four fixed signs of the Zodiac are: Taurus Leo Scorpio Aquarius Fixed Signs are associated with stabilization, determination, depth, and [read more]

  • Franz Mesmer - April 12, 2011 - Franz Anton Mesmer (May 23, 1734 – March 5, 1815), sometimes, albeit incorrectly, referred to as Friedrich Anton Mesmer, was a [read more]

  • Gemini - April 11, 2011 - Gemini (Gem-en-i.e.) (♊) is the third of the astrological signs in the Zodiac, originating from the constellation of Gemini. In astrology, [read more]

  • Gheranda Samhita - April 12, 2011 - Gheranda Samhita (Sanskrit धेरंड संहिता Gheraṇḍa saṃhitā) meaning “Gheranda’s collection” is one of the three classic texts of Hatha Yoga (the [read more]

  • Guido Bonatti - April 11, 2011 - Guido Bonatti from Forlì (d. between 1296 and 1300) was a famous Italian astronomer and astrologer. He was the most celebrated [read more]

  • Guru - April 12, 2011 - A guru (Sanskrit: गुरु) (Gurmukhi: ਗੁਰੂ) is one who is regarded as having great knowledge, wisdom and authority in a certain [read more]

  • Hatha Yoga - April 12, 2011 - Hatha yoga (Sanskrit हठयोग haṭhayoga, IPA: [ɦəʈʰəˈjoːɡə]), also called hatha vidya (हठविद्या), is a system of yoga introduced by Yogi Swatmarama, [read more]

  • Hatha Yoga Pradipika - April 12, 2011 - The Hatha Yoga Pradipika (Sanskrit: Haṭhayoga Pradīpikā, हठ योग प्रदीपिका) is a classic Sanskrit manual on hatha yoga, written by Svami [read more]

  • Hinduism - April 11, 2011 - Hinduism is the predominant and indigenous religious tradition[1] of the Indian subcontinent. Hinduism is often referred to as Sanātana Dharma (a [read more]

  • Holistic health - April 12, 2011 - Holistic health is a concept that all potential contributing factors which may affect a person’s well-being are taken into consideration when [read more]

  • Hypnosis - April 12, 2011 - Hypnosis is a mental state (according to “state theory”) or imaginative role-enactment (according to “non-state theory”). It is usually induced by [read more]

  • Hypnotherapy - April 12, 2011 - Hypnotherapy is a therapy that is undertaken with a subject in hypnosis. The word “hypnosis” (from the Greek hypnos, “sleep”) is [read more]

  • Jainism - April 12, 2011 - Jainism is an Indian religion that prescribes pacifism and a path of non-violence towards all living beings. Its philosophy and practice [read more]

  • James Braid - April 12, 2011 - James Braid (19 June 1795 – 25 March 1860) was born at Ryelaw House, in the parish of Portmoak, Kinross, Scotland, [read more]

  • Jnana Yoga - April 12, 2011 - Jnâna yoga (Devanāgarī: ज्ञान योग; the pronunciation can be approximated by “dny-ah’-nuh y-O’-guh”) or “path of knowledge”[1] is one of the [read more]

  • Kapalabhati - April 12, 2011 - Kapalabhati (pronounced KAH-pah-lah-BAH-tee)[1] (aka Kapalbhati, or Bhalabhai in the Gherand Samhita), is an important part of Shatkarma (sometimes known as Shatkriya), [read more]

  • Karma - April 12, 2011 - Karma (Sanskrit: कर्म IPA: [ˈkərmə] in Indian religions is the concept of “action” or “deed”, understood as that which causes the [read more]

  • Karma Yoga - April 12, 2011 - Karma yoga (Sanskrit: कर्म योग), or the “discipline of action” is a form of yoga based on the teachings of the [read more]

  • Kriya - April 12, 2011 - Kriya (in Sanskrit “action, deed, effort”) most commonly refers to a “completed action”, technique or practice within a yoga discipline meant [read more]

  • Kundalini - April 12, 2011 - Kundalini (kuṇḍalinī, Sanskrit: कुण्डलिनी) literally means coiled. In yoga, a “corporeal energy”[1] – an unconscious, instinctive or libidinal force or Shakti, [read more]

  • Laozi - April 12, 2011 - Laozi (Chinese: 老子; pinyin: Lǎozǐ; Wade–Giles: Lao Tzu; also Lao Tse, Lao Tu, Lao-Tzu, Lao-Tsu, Laotze, Laosi, Lao Zi, Laocius, and [read more]

  • Legalism - April 12, 2011 - In Chinese history, Legalism (Chinese: 法家; pinyin: Fǎjiā; Wade–Giles: Fa-chia; literally “School of law”) was one of the main philosophic currents [read more]

  • Leo - April 11, 2011 - Leo (♌) is the fifth of the astrological signs of the Zodiac, originating from the constellation of Leo. In astrology, Leo [read more]

  • Libra - April 11, 2011 - Libra (♎) is the seventh of the astrological signs in the Zodiac, originating from the constellation of Libra. In astrology, Libra [read more]

  • Maha Saraswati - October 23, 2012 - In Hinduism, Saraswati (Sanskrit: सरस्वती, Sarasvatī ?) is the goddess of knowledge, music, arts and science. She is the companion of Brahma, also revered as his Shakti. It was with her knowledge, that Brahma created [read more]

  • Massage therapy - April 12, 2011 - Massage is the manipulation of superficial and deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue to enhance function, aid in the healing [read more]

  • Meditation - April 12, 2011 - Meditation refers to any of a family of practices in which the practitioner trains his or her mind or self-induces a [read more]

  • Mudra - April 12, 2011 - A mudrā (English: /muːˈdrɑː/ ( listen); Sanskrit: मुद्रा “seal”, “mark”, or “gesture”) is a symbolic or ritual gesture in Hinduism and [read more]

  • Mutable Sign (Zodiac) - April 11, 2011 - The mutable signs are: Gemini: – between the spring and summer seasons. Virgo: – between the summer and autumn seasons. Sagittarius: [read more]

  • Nadi - April 12, 2011 - Nāḍi (the Sanskrit for “tube, pipe”) are the channels through which, in traditional Indian medicine and spiritual science, the energies of [read more]

  • Natya Yoga - April 12, 2011 - Natya Yoga, popularly known as Dance Yoga, the all-inclusive spiritual path of action, is a combination of mainly Bhakti Yoga and [read more]

  • Nauli - April 12, 2011 - Nauli is one of the Kriyas (1) or Shatkarma (cleaning exercises) from Yoga. The exercise is to serve the cleaning of [read more]

  • Navaratri - October 17, 2012 - “Nava-ratri” means “nine nights.” This festival is observed twice a year, once in the beginning of summer and again at the [read more]

  • Neo-Confucianism - April 12, 2011 - Neo-Confucianism (simplified Chinese: 宋明理学; traditional Chinese: 宋明理學; pinyin: songmingLǐxué often shortened to 理學) is a form of Confucianism that was primarily [read more]

  • Neti - April 12, 2011 - Neti is an important part of Shatkarma (sometimes known as Shatkriya), the yogic system of body cleansing techniques. It is intended [read more]

  • Ojibwe - April 11, 2011 - The Ojibwe (also Ojibwa or Ojibway) or Chippewa (also Chippeway) are among the largest groups of Native Americans-First Nations north of [read more]

  • Patanjali - April 12, 2011 - Patañjali (Sanskrit: पतञ्जलि, IPA: [pət̪əɲɟəli]; fl. 150 BCE[1] or 2nd c. BCE[2][3]) is the compiler of the Yoga Sūtras, an important [read more]

  • Pisces - April 11, 2011 - Pisces (♓) is the twelfth of the astrological signs in the Zodiac, which started from the Pisces constellation. It is also [read more]

  • Prana - April 12, 2011 - Prana (प्राण, prāṇa) is the Sanskrit for “vital life” (from the root prā “to fill”, cognate to Latin plenus “full”). It [read more]

  • Pranayama - April 12, 2011 - Pranayama (Sanskrit: प्राणायाम prāṇāyāma) is a Sanskrit word meaning “extension of the prana or breath” or more accurately, “extension of the [read more]

  • Qigong - April 12, 2011 - Qigong[1] or Chi kung[2] (气功 or prana force) is the philosophy and practice of aligning breath, physical activity and awareness for [read more]

  • Raja Yoga - April 12, 2011 - Rāja Yoga (“royal yoga”, “royal union”, also known as Classical Yoga and Ashtanga Yoga) is concerned principally with the cultivation of [read more]

  • Sagittarius - April 11, 2011 - Sagittarius (♐) is the ninth of the astrological signs in the Zodiac, originating from the constellation of Sagittarius. Sagittarius is considered [read more]

  • Satsang - April 12, 2011 - Satsang (Sanskrit sat = true, sanga = company) is in Indian philosophy that involves (1) the company of the “highest truth,” [read more]

  • Scorpio - April 11, 2011 - Scorpio (♏) is the eighth of the astrological signs in the Zodiac, originating from the constellation of Scorpius. Scorpio is considered [read more]

  • Self-realization - April 12, 2011 - Self-realization is a concept that has become widely popular in the Western and that has great influence from some Eastern religions. [read more]

  • Shakti - April 12, 2011 - Shakti (Devanagari: शक्ति) from Sanskrit shak – “to be able,” meaning sacred force or empowerment, is the primordial cosmic energy and [read more]

  • Shamanism - April 11, 2011 - Shamanism is the most ancient spiritual practice known to humankind. We know from the archaeological evidence the practice dates back at [read more]

  • Shatkarma - April 12, 2011 - Shatkarma (Sanskrit: षटकर्मन ṣaṭkarman), also known as Shatkriya[1], refers to the Yogic practices involving purification of the body. Shatkarma is a [read more]

  • Shiva Samhita - April 12, 2011 - Shiva Samhita (also Siva Samhita) is a Sanskrit text on yoga, written by an unknown author[1]. The text is addressed by [read more]

  • Synastry - April 12, 2011 - Astrological compatibility (synastry) is the branch of astrology that studies relationships by comparing natal horoscopes. A natal horoscope is a chart, [read more]

  • Tantra - April 12, 2011 - Tantra (Sanskrit: तन्त्र , Oriya: ତନ୍ତ୍ର”loom, warp”; hence “principle, system, doctrine”, from the two root words tanoti “stretch, extend”, and trayati [read more]

  • Tao Te Ching - April 12, 2011 - The Tao Te Ching or Dao De Jing (道德經), whose authorship has been attributed to Laozi,[1] is a Chinese classic text. [read more]

  • Taoism (Daoism) - April 12, 2011 - Taoism (also spelled Daoism) refers to a variety of related philosophical and religious traditions that have influenced all people Eastern Asia [read more]

  • Taurus - April 11, 2011 - Taurus (♉) is the second of the astrological signs in the Zodiac, originating from the constellation of Taurus. In astrology, Taurus [read more]

  • The Bhagavad Gita - April 12, 2011 - The Bhagavad Gītā (Sanskrit: भगवद्गीता, IPA: [ˈbʱəɡəʋəd̪ ɡiːˈt̪aː], Song of God), also more simply known as Gita, is a Hindu scripture [read more]

  • The Golden Rule - April 12, 2011 - The Golden Rule or ethic of reciprocity is a maxim,[1] ethical code, or morality[2] that essentially states either of the following: [read more]

  • The Upanishads - April 12, 2011 - The Upanishads (Sanskrit: उपनिषद्, IAST:Upaniṣad, IPA: [upəniʂəd]) are philosophical texts considered to be an early source of Hindu religion. More than [read more]

  • Three Jewels of the Tao - April 12, 2011 - The Three Treasures or Three Jewels (Chinese: 三寶; pinyin: sānbǎo; Wade–Giles: san-pao) are basic virtues in Taoism. They first appear in [read more]

  • Totem - April 11, 2011 - A totem is a stipulated ancestor of a group of people, such as a family, clan, lineage, or tribe. Totems support [read more]

  • Trataka - April 12, 2011 - Trataka (in Sanskrit, n., त्राटक, trāṭaka, to look, or to gaze) is the practice of staring at some external object. It [read more]

  • Trine - April 11, 2011 - A trine (abrv. Tri) is an angle of 120° (1/3 of the 360° ecliptic). A separation (orb) of 120±04° is considered [read more]

  • Virgo - April 11, 2011 - Virgo (♍) is the sixth of the astrological signs in the Zodiac, originating from the constellation of Virgo. In astrology, Virgo [read more]

  • Water sign (Zodiac) - April 11, 2011 - Fire signs (Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius) Earth signs (Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn) Air signs (Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius) Water signs (Cancer, [read more]

  • Western Zodiac - April 11, 2011 - The zodiac is the belt or band of constellations through which the Sun, Moon, and planets move on their journey across [read more]

  • Wisdom (Buddhism) - April 12, 2011 - Wisdom in Buddhism – Prajñā (Sanskrit: प्रज्ञा) or paññā (Pāli) is wisdom, understanding, discernment or cognitive acuity. Such wisdom is understood [read more]

  • Yoga - April 12, 2011 - Yoga (Sanskrit, Pāli: योग yóga) refers to traditional physical, mental, and spiritual disciplines aimed at training the consciousness for a state [read more]

  • Yoga Sutras of Patanjali - April 12, 2011 - The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali is a Hindu scripture and foundational text of Yoga. It forms part of the corpus of [read more]

  • Yogi - April 12, 2011 - A Yogi is a practitioner of Yoga. The word is used to refer to ascetic practitioners of meditation in a number [read more]

  • Yogini - April 12, 2011 - Yogini (Sanskrit: योगिनी, yoginī, IPA: [ˈjoɡiniː]) is the feminine form of the masculine yogin-. In classical Sanskrit literature, Yogini is the [read more]

  • Zen - April 12, 2011 - Zen is a school of Mahāyāna Buddhism. The word Zen is from the Japanese pronunciation of the Chinese word Chán (禪), [read more]

  • Zhu Xi - April 12, 2011 - Zhū​ Xī​ or Chu Hsi (朱熹, October 18, 1130, Youxi, Fujian province, China – April 23, 1200, China) was a Song [read more]

  • Zodiac - April 12, 2011 - In astronomy, the zodiac (Greek: ζῳδιακός, zōdiakos) is the ring of constellations that lines the ecliptic, which is the apparent path [read more]