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Yoga vs. the Gym: Is One Really Better Than the Other?

In 2014, the United Nations General Assembly decided to honor the ancient Indian physical, spiritual, and mental practice by creating the International Day of Yoga, scheduling it on the summer solstice –a nod to how yoga gives thanks to the sun. It was a remarkable move that turned Yoga from a trendy, upscale workout to

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The Powerful Siddha Yoga and Other Auspicious Yogas

In Vedic astrology (much like in Western Astrology), the intrinsic nature of a person, as well as their general fate, is decided by a few factors: birth date (called tithi), day sign (called vaar), and the moon sign (called rashi). But in Vedic astrology, we take into account a fourth factor, one that can greatly

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Vedic Astrology 101: The Differences Between Kaal Sarpa Dosha and Kaal Sarpa Yoga

In Vedic Astrology, one of the most feared types of Yoga is the “Snake Curse”, the Kaal Sarpa Dosha. The Kaal Sarpa Dosha is purported to be a type of Yoga that brings severe misfortune throughout a person’s life, including sickness, disease (of both mind and body), extreme poverty, and even an early death. We

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Lifting the Curse of the Kaal Sarpa Dosha

The Hora-shastra is filled with different types of auspicious Yogas, or planetary positions, that provide us with amazing and fortunes. Auspicious Yogas, like the Hamsa Yoga, can greatly and positively affect a person’s entire horoscope and is at the center of most Hora-shastra discussions. But of course, not all Yogas can be auspicious; just like

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Should One Meditate Before or After Yoga?

Meditation and yoga both provide amazing benefits on their own, and when combined, it maximizes the beneficial results that people go for. It’s not just a significant improvement on physical health; meditation and yoga also gives people better moods, manages their stress levels, and even helps them build muscle and flexibility. Some studies even suggest

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