YogaMatters Blog | Ganesh: The Mudra, The Mantra & The Story Of The Elephant-Headed God

One of the most widely revered Hindu deities, Ganesh is the ‘remover of obstacles’. What many people don’t know however, is that Ganesh can also place obstacles in our way, in order to help us learn, overcome them, and grow. Think about it; you are who you are today because of everything you’ve learned andContinue reading “YogaMatters Blog | Ganesh: The Mudra, The Mantra & The Story Of The Elephant-Headed God”

Dharma & Adharma: Aiming True

  Throughout the month of January so far, we’ve explored some of the practices and deities traditionally invoked in times of ‘beginning’, such as at the outset of a journey, the beginning of a celebration, project, or indeed – a new year. While the deity Shiva teaches us that in order for transformation to occurContinue reading “Dharma & Adharma: Aiming True”

You Are Enough: Invoking Lakshmi, Goddess of Abundance

Throughout January, we’re focussing upon Deities traditionally revered during times of new beginnings and important events. Figures such as Ganesh and Lakshmi are two of the most popular deities to chant to in order to encourage the time ahead to be full of positivity. After Ganesh, Lakshmi is the most widely revered deity when itContinue reading “You Are Enough: Invoking Lakshmi, Goddess of Abundance”

New Year Deities: Clearing The Path With Ganesh

There are certain deities which are looked to at the beginning of a new year in order to bring about a positive beginning to the time that lies ahead. It’s a common misconception that the Hindu gods and goddesses are there just to be worshipped – they’re actually figures which exist in order to teachContinue reading “New Year Deities: Clearing The Path With Ganesh”

Don’t Wait. Be Great.

Towards the end of the year, we can get into the habit of letting Christmas drinks, heavy foods and low amounts of sunshine take it’s toll on both the body and mind. Of course this is definitely the moment to make the most of time with loved ones, enjoying treats and relaxing into Winter comforts,Continue reading “Don’t Wait. Be Great.”

Impermanence: It’s Time To Get Uncomfortable

‘The only thing that is constant is change’  Heraclitus Life is movement. The exchange of an inhale and exhale, the beat of the heart as it pumps blood around the body, the movement from day to night and back to day, the cycle of the moon, the movements of the mind from ‘happy’ to ‘sad’Continue reading “Impermanence: It’s Time To Get Uncomfortable”

Diwali: A Return To Light (+ Orange & Cardamom Diwali Date Balls Recipe)

As we approach Diwali – ‘The Festival of Lights’, there are all sorts of traditions and festivities happening within a multitude of cultures. Most of them feature some sort of light as the main focus. Even Halloween at the end of last month includes the tradition of placing a lit candle inside a carved pumpkin;Continue reading “Diwali: A Return To Light (+ Orange & Cardamom Diwali Date Balls Recipe)”