Meditation is Like Dating Your Self

  Honesty First: The best-kept secret in Yoga is that no one likes meditation. I know it sounds shocking, but it’s the truth. If as you read this you are saying to your self ‘But Manorama, I love meditation’ then you are not a beginner. But if you feel uncomfortable when you sit for meditation […]

The Importance of Agni & Tejas

‘Agnim Ide Purohitam’ Rg Veda Agni literally means fire and is the first word laid down in the Rg Veda, the oldest extant of ancient Sanskrit writings. The fire practice is said to support the practitioner by cultivating connection with spiritual light. The Rishis say that Agni is the best representation of light on earth, […]

Learn to Value Your Best Qualities

  “You’re getting very good with those movements, your lines are fluid, you should start performing soon,” she said.” “Nah…I just like the way dancing makes me feel,” I replied, “I have no plans to perform.” “Oh, I know you…” She said emphatically that rainy afternoon. “Whatever you focus your attention on, you do completely.” […]

Gayatri Mantra: The Sacred Rhythm

I recently taught a very special 1-day teleclass on the Gayatri Mantra. The Gayatri mantra is a powerful tool for helping us come into greater contact with our Soul, with the essence that we are. My work with mantra and specifically the Gayatri mantra over the last 28 years has really been a dialog of […]

11 Simple Steps to Manage Your Stress and Anxiety

In our modern times, everyone feels demanded upon. The truth is, what is being asked of us is to give a multitude of things our attention, all at the same moment. This and much more can create stress for us on an internal level. The good news, as I have discovered in my own life, […]

Working with Fear in Meditation

Hi Everyone, This month in the Luminous Soul teleclasses we’ve been speaking a lot about fear in meditation, what this means, how to practice with this and much more. Last week a great question came up in class that I wanted to share with everyone, as this topic is so important for growing your practice. […]

Vidya is the Process and the Goal

How does regular mantrik practice quiet your mind and how does working with mantras connect you with the principle of vidya? I was recently considering how regular practice with mantras gives one the opportunity to become more familiar with their sounds, vibration and feeling. The fact is, the more you feel connected with these elements […]

The Art of Listening

It’s hard to speak and listen at the same time. In Luminous Soul, we cultivate the art of listening. We learn to focus on pulling inward and listen to: The mind, the thoughts, the body, the heartbeat, and the inner sound known as nadam. There is something about listening that links us with our highest […]

You’re Born, You Live, You Die….. Not really

You’re born you live, you die, not really. Western society avoids the topic of death. I find this odd since we all at some point are affected by the passing of loved ones and ultimately we ourselves will pass beyond our forms. When someone close to us passes, we become curious and through our suffering […]

The Cooking Lesson

Everyday Guruji had us cook with him. This is how the lessons began. First there was silent meditation on the I-AM for an hour then he would shift to teaching Sanskrit. He taught mantras, grammar and etymology. His devotion and enthusiasm for Sanskrit excited us all. It was his love of the subject which gave […]