Dear YOGA Magazine readers,

Dear YOGA Magazine readers,
As we wind down at the end of another busy year, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all our readers, expert yoga practitioners and well-wishers alike. The magazine has come a long way since its inception and continues to be a captivating source of latest information, poses and sequences, philosophies, expert tips and insights, all related to the discipline of yoga. Our fruitful collaboration with valuable contributors have provided us with an array of exceptionally inspiring stories that we are honoured to share. We look forward to strengthening our relationships to bring our readers an engaging and insightful experience for a higher level of health and happiness through yoga.

The key to successful yogic living is to live your life according to your own energetic vibration and corresponding biorhythms in harmony with your dosha/ energy type. Niraj Naik, a holistic health expert shares the healing benefits of rhythmic breathing in creating a state of coherence within you. Rohini Moradi introduces you to the four pillars of spiritual growth, which you can use to curate your soul degree. Melissa Albarran talks to Grace Tempany, a senior yoga teacher specialising in training on The Art of Yin. Jenya De Pierro’s Keep your Health Optimal this Winter, I am sure, can inspire you to spend the winter ahead in good health.

Our yoga poses, sequences and masterclasses section features a step-by-step illustrated prenatal yoga practice, by Goli Hashtroudi Cramer, that is suitable for the second and third trimester. Andrea Marcum delves into the concept of Pratipaksha Bhavanam as explained in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras that helps reframe challenges into opportunities and deepen your relationship with yourself. Bring your energy into the centre by balancing ida (the feminine) and pingala (the
masculine) qualities and entering a state of oneness with the universe through How To Practise Midnight Yoga and Moonbathing by Mark Westmoquette.

Many of us have been avoiding chocolate because of its high cocoa butter as it was considered to be an unhealthy fat. In Ayurveda: The Love for Chocolate, Vani Linda Bretherton explores the benefits of organic and raw cacao that is full of healthy antioxidants, vitamins, magnesium, and iron. Super-nutritionist Amanda Hamilton unpacks the role food plays in boosting emotional wellbeing in her article Food For Thought. A simple guide by Steven Virtue details the importance of nutrition and hydration to achieving your fitness goals. Dharma and Spiritual Life Coach, Sahara Rose, takes you through the benefits of living in a healthy rhythm of Ayurveda.

What many of us want after a hectic year — more than anything — is to feel excited again and quench our yoga-inspired wanderlust. A retreat at Six Senses Douro Valley is ideal for those seeking to heal and relax through yoga. Wondering what would be the best gift for your family and friends this Christmas? Our What’s Hot section brings you an array of gift ideas to choose from, along with my continuing columns such as Yoga Sutras and Vedic Astrology and much more.

Keep investing in yourself. Merry Christmas!
Yogi Maharaj Dr. Malik


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