Attention! You’re Better than a Goldfish (Busting the Attention Span Myth)

Newsletter #4. Are our attention spans really deteriorating or is there just too much content on the internet and an incentive for the internet giants to promote marketing activity?

From a spiritual perspective, one might ask, who watches attention? How do we know that our attention is wandering? Obviously because something within us watches/witnesses attention and inattention. What is that? Are we not identifying with the wrong thing when we feel that we’re drifting when really it’s our attention that’s drifting? If we can observe our attention, then we’re not the attention but attention is just a tool we possess – a very intimate and powerful tool.

Yoga Day Countdown: Day #1, Yoga Day!

Continuing our countdown to Yoga Day 2017 with Hatha Yoga teacher Ambika Gupta’s yoga postcards from the gorgeous banks of Lac Léman, Switzerland! The asanas follow the progression of a yoga practice. Day #1, Yoga Day: Shavasana

Happy Yoga Day & Yoga for a Happy Day!

Did you know that yoga can change your genes and make you happier? And that’s not just for ‘Hindus’. LWP Founder shares the latest scientific information and reflects on yoga and its connection with religion.

And Now, Yoga (Yoga Day Special)

LWP Newsletter #3 discusses the significance of Yoga Day being held at the summer solstice and also the importance of yoga in the world today. It is indeed time for yoga.

The Alchemy of Suffering and Freedom

In this artful piece, Shruti Bakshi and Subhash Kak contemplate the alchemy programmed into the game of life where suffering must be turned into freedom. The story of the churning of the ocean (Samudra Manthan) is used as a metaphor to understand the existential meaning of the suffering inherent life.

Shiva, the Grand Master of Yoga

As we count down to Yoga Day, David Frawley reminds us of Shiva as the consciousness inextricably linked with yoga and explains the many symbolisms of Shiva.

TalkingWise: Mindfulness in Business

Yes MBAs and business leaders do meditate! Isabella Convertini, career coach, business strategy expert and mindfulness teacher at Google gives us an insight into what mindfulness is all about and her personal journey into it.

How to Manage Your Mind

If you’re an over-thinker, this short clip might help. LWP gives you 4 easy ways of dealing with stress and anxiety. Anyone can do it! Why not check it out?

Sanskrit, Science and Ecology

Can Sanskrit show us the way forward? Kiran Varanasi reminds us of the vital role Sanskrit played in the brilliance and endurance of the ancient Indian civilisation and how it can help transform civilisation once again.

Yoga and the Environment

David Frawley reflects on the crucial role of Yoga in restoring our lost connection with nature. Concerned with the balance of the body and mind, Yoga and Ayurveda can also help us restore ecological balance and respect for other life on the planet- an urgent need of the hour.

Art, Cosmology and the Divine | Part V

In Part V: Krishna’s Dance, Subhash Kak explains how the stories of Krishna, the Mahabharata and the Ramayana, reflect a harmony between materiality and spirit.

The Living Ganga

Recently back from a trip to the Himalayas, the birthplace of the river Ganga and on the occasion of World Water Day, I take the opportunity to write about the river Ganga, the life-giving Mother of India.

From Paris with ‘AUM’: my experience of the globalisation of yoga

After 3 years in Paris, one is generally expected to be dripping with the smugness that comes from being able to correctly pronounce ‘Champs Elysees’, to rattle off a dozen cheese names without a pause, to wear simple dark t-shirts costing a small fortune and if one has lived sincerely, to even smell of macarons…

Yoga Day Countdown: Day #2

Continuing our countdown to Yoga Day 2017 with Hatha Yoga teacher Ambika Gupta’s yoga postcards from the gorgeous banks of Lac Léman, Switzerland! The asanas follow the progression of a yoga practice. Day #2: Naukasana

Yoga Day Countdown: Day #3

Continuing our countdown to Yoga Day 2017 with Hatha Yoga teacher Ambika Gupta’s yoga postcards from the gorgeous banks of Lac Léman, Switzerland! The asanas follow the progression of a yoga practice. Day #3: Gomukhasana

Yoga Day Countdown: Day #4

Continuing our countdown to Yoga Day 2017 with Hatha Yoga teacher Ambika Gupta’s yoga postcards from the gorgeous banks of Lac Léman, Switzerland! The asanas follow the progression of a yoga practice. Day #4: Ardha Matsyendrasana

Yoga Day Countdown: Day #5

Continuing our countdown to Yoga Day 2017 with Hatha Yoga teacher Ambika Gupta’s yoga postcards from the gorgeous banks of Lac Léman, Switzerland! The asanas follow the progression of a yoga practice. Day #5: Shashankasana

Yoga Day Countdown: Day #6

Continuing our countdown to Yoga Day 2017 with Hatha Yoga teacher Ambika Gupta’s yoga postcards from the gorgeous banks of Lac Léman, Switzerland! The asanas follow the progression of a yoga practice. Day #6: Bhujangasana

Yoga Day Countdown: Day #7

Continuing our countdown to Yoga Day 2017 with Hatha Yoga teacher Ambika Gupta’s yoga postcards from the gorgeous banks of Lac Léman, Switzerland! The asanas follow the progression of a yoga practice. Day #7: Ashvasthasana

Yoga Day Countdown: Day #8

Continuing our countdown to Yoga Day 2017 with Hatha Yoga teacher Ambika Gupta’s yoga postcards from the gorgeous banks of Lac Léman, Switzerland! The asanas follow the progression of a yoga practice. Day #8: Trikonasana

Yoga Day Countdown: Day #9

Continuing our countdown to Yoga Day 2017 with Hatha Yoga teacher Ambika Gupta’s yoga postcards from the gorgeous banks of Lac Léman, Switzerland! The asanas follow the progression of a yoga practice. Day #9: Katichakrasana

De-mystifying Kali

Nithin Sridhar helps us understand the meaning and significance of Goddess Kali who is often misunderstood and her symbolisms often misinterpreted.

Yoga Day Countdown! Day #10

Counting down to Yoga Day 2017 with Hatha Yoga teacher Ambika Gupta’s yoga postcards from the gorgeous banks of Lac Léman, Switzerland! The asanas follow the progression of a yoga practice. Day #10: Tadasana

Recipe: Vegetarian Eggs on Toast!

This recipe is to make sure veggies don’t miss out on the yumminess of scrambled eggs on toast! It’s a remarkably simple cheese-on-toast – the Indian way!

A Song for the Neuroscientists (Avadhuta Gita)

Newsletter #2 (11 Jun 2017) with thoughts on the desultory attempts by scientists to understand and interpret mystical/spiritual experiences (e.g. Arun Shourie’s attempt in his recent book Two Saints). Includes a weekly round-up and other LWP updates.

The ‘As You Like It’ Generation

Shakespeare couldn’t have had a clue that his one line would one day become a way of life! But is it wise to want life as you like it? LWP’s new LivLite section will showcase some light and casual musings on life such as this one so we can be reminded to not always take life so serious!

“We Won’t Always Have Paris”

This first weekly newsletter (4 Jun 2017) by LWP discusses the global concern over environmental issues with the US pulling out of the Paris Agreement. A weekly round-up of LWP articles is also included in case you missed them during the week.

Baba Ramdev’s tips for beating the heat

Famous yoga and Ayurveda guru and founder of the popular Ayurvedic food brand Patanjali Ayurved, Baba Ramdev offers some wisdom for keeping your cool while boosting your health. All you need is the right food, drink and pranayama.

Life is Inclusiveness

An excerpt from Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev’s book ‘Inner Engineering – A Yogi’s Guide to Joy’ in which he explains that enlightenment is merely coming home to the realisation that all experience happens from within and that life is an inclusive process.

7 Amazing Shiva Chants/Songs

Here’s LWP’s recommendations for chants, mantras and songs of Lord Shiva curated by us from YouTube. Each one is different in style and mesmerizingly wonderful in its own way.

Recipe: Summer Chickpea and Mint Salad

A wholesome chickpea and mint salad with a honey-yogurt-lime dressing to give you that boost of nutrition while leaving you feeling light on hot summer days.

Yoga and Pranayama to Keep You Cool Through Summer

As the summer heat rises and air-conditioning gets a disapproving look from doctors (for being dehydrating among other things), it’s simple yoga and pranayama to the rescue. Restore your calm and cool with these easy exercises recommended by LWP.

Art, Cosmology and the Divine | Part VI

In Part VI: The Indian Aesthetic in an Age of War, Subhash Kak discusses how the Indian way, with its focus on transcendence can help modern society find a harmony of body and soul. A story from the Puranas serves as an apt metaphor.

Social Media in a Spiritual Context

‘Spirituality’ and ‘social media’ are two words that don’t naturally sit well together for most people. In fact they would more likely be used in the same sentence only to point out the inverse relationship between the two in terms of popularity. But I’m here to put forth a very different view. I believe that social media, while it has wreaked havoc on human minds in many ways, also holds the potential to facilitate our spiritual evolution. Here’s why.

Recipe: Ginger Jam

This delightful South Indian grandmother’s recipe from Megala’s Kitchen is all about simple Ayurvedic wellness!

Art, Cosmology and the Divine | Part III

In Part III: Temples and Gods, Subhash Kak explains how ancient Hindu temples were designed to reflect the cosmos. The representation of the cosmos simultaneously at the level of the universe and the individual, was meant to facilitate the devotee’s spiritual transformation.

Tantra and Yoga

An interesting analysis of the influences of the tantrik tradition on modern yoga.

When Gautama became the Buddha

Buddha Purnima reminds us of our highest purpose, to realise our true Buddha nature. Read about Gautama’s enlightenment and what other spiritual masters had to say about the Buddha.