Dear YOGA Magazine readers,

Yoga, being a holistic method, enables us to uplift our overall sense of well-being and be more focussed on the present moment. Keeping in mind the chaotic period we have been facing recently, we bring you five ways to prioritise your mental health in How To Manage Stress and Mindfulness in the Uncertain Times. Michael James Wong, yoga and meditation teacher, highlights the fact that we should live as a ‘human being’ and not a ‘human doing’. In his article The Beauty of Doing Nothing, he emphasizes the importance of stillness along with a few tips on how to do so.

Rola Tassabehji in What’s War got to Do with Yoga? explains how warrior yoga sequences include the reference of war and its various components. The UK-based yoga teacher, Lindsay Howarth in The Power of Intention shares her experience with setting an intention (Sankalpa) and focussing your energy towards the same to successfully manifest it into our lives. A fundamental principle of yoga is that your body and mind are one and connected. Chris Fawcett, in his piece How Yoga can Positively Impact you Physically, Mentally and Emotionally demonstrates how applying the principles of yoga in your daily life can result in incredible benefits for mind.

This month we feature a practical step-by-step yoga sequence for abs and obliques along with five breathing techniques to manage stress. Shuntao Li also expertly guides us through some excellent chair yoga poses to help unwind and relax after a tiring day. Plus we catch up with crystal expert, Jude Polack; we take a look at some fascinating facts on Amethyst, a quartz associated with clarity of mind and peaceful thinking. Victor M. Parachin continues with his enlightening articles – this time looking at the life and teachings of a spiritual teacher Ramamurti S. Mishra , who abandoned medicine to teach yoga, meditation and pranayama.

In our nutrition section, Vatsala Sperling demonstrates ways by which the Ayurvedic Reset Diet helps undo and reverse the deleterious effects of overconsumption of food towards a healthier style of eating. If you are having a hard time finding healthy and affordable food ingredients, you’re at the right place. The article Surprisingly Cheap Foods that can Boost your Health by Anya Wasserman shares various sources of vitamins, minerals, prebiotics and probiotics to boost your immune system.

This month’s magazine is packed with lots of advice, tips and more including our What’s Hot section which features a range of books and well-being products that are organic, ethical and fair-trade. And make sure to go through my interview with Meriel Rosenkranz, a triyoga therapist; learn in detail about Reiki Therapy, its benefits and what you can expect in a Reiki session. You can learn more about her in these pages, along with my continuing columns like Yoga Sutras and Vedic Astrology and much more.

Be Here Now!

Yogi Maharaj Dr. Malik