Wednesday, 19 July 2017

The Paths of Yoga by Andrea Tteja (Part I)

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Ashtanga Yinyasa is the system of Yoga taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois at the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in Mysore, India. This method involves synchronizing the breath with progressive series of postures—a process producing intense internal heat and a profuse, purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs. The result is improved circulation, a light and strong body, and a calm mind.

The Bihar School of Yoga (Satyananda) was founded in 1964 by Paramahamsa Satyananda to impart yogic training to householders and sannyasins. The Yoga techniques are a synthesis of many approaches to personal development, based on traditional Vedantic, tantric and yogic teachings in conjunction with contemporary physical and mental health sciences. These techniques are taught by Bihar Yoga Bharati and through health management courses held in the old BSY Ashram. Bihar School of Yoga also guides Yoga projects and medical research in association with prestigious hospitals, organizations and establishments. Programs made by Bihar School of Yoga are used in the education and prison Government sectors, in hospitals, by the Defence Services, private and public sector industries such as Indian Oil Corporation, Coal India Limited, National Thermal Power Corporation, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation, the Steel Authority of India, Hindustan Paper Corporation, Hindustan Copper Corporation, etc.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

The Paths to Yoga by Andrea Tteja (Part II)

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Continued from Part I    

Karma: Selfless Service as a path to Yoga. "Karma Yoga is the selfless devotion of all inner as well as the outer activities as a Sacrifice to the Lord of all works, offered to the eternal as Master of all the soul’s energies and austerities." Bhagavad Gita

Right Attitude It’s not what you do that counts, it’s the attitude while doing it that determines if a job is a karma yoga job, i.e. a liberating job, or a binding job. Work is worship. Swami Sivananda advises us to "give your hands to work, and keep your mind fixed at the lotus feet of the Lord."

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Understanding the Messages of Your Body

Circle Network Book Review: Understanding the Messages of your Body - How to Interpret Physical and Emotional Signals to Achieve Optimal Health by Jean-Pierre Barral DO, paperback 240 pages, published by North Atlantic Books £17.99 Author website:

This is written by the academic expert in this field, and written for professionals more than the average reader. If you are a beginner, I suggest you watch some of the excellent videos which are available from the Barral Institute's youtube channel. 

The information in the book provides explanations of how to access wisdom from our body, as though our body is speaking to us, warning and applauding our life style, intake of foods, exercise, etc.

Also by this author:
Manual Therapy for the Prostate
Visceral Manipulation
Osteopathic Approach to Trauma
Manual Thermal Diagnosis
Manual Therapy for Cranial Nerves (co-authored)

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Missing Family of Jesus

Circle Network Book Review: The Missing Family of Jesus - An Inconvenient Truth - How the Church erased Jesus's brothers and sisters from history By Tobias Churton, hardback 242 pages, £16.99 published by Watkins Books.

"The only thing worth contending for is the truth"

In recent years, more evidence has come to light about the extended family of Jesus. We learn about their names and their role in his mission. So much comes to light when we realise he was not an only child of a single mother.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

A Guide to Sacred Activism

Circle Network Book Review: A Guide to Sacred Activism By Andrew Harvey  Paperback £10.99  Published by Hay House Author website:

Andrew Harvey is 2011 winner of the prestigious Nautilus Silver Award for Social Change and is the founder of the international Institute for Sacred Activism and the Academy of Sacred Leadership. He has taught at Oxford and Cornell and other prestigious universities. He is known as a modern day visionary and mystic but, for me, his role is close to that of the Old Testament prophets; urgently warning, kindly admonishing and desperately pleading to prevent planetary suicide. 

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Seek Joy - Toss Confetti - Cehovet and Tesh

'Seek Joy - Toss Confetti' is a book which helps us to get more out of life, to raise our vibration and experience joy. Just by reading about this subject creates an awareness of the importance of this small and often overlooked word! We are introduced to joy as a spiritual quality which provides energy and healing.

“When I am happy, when I feel joy, the world around me functions from a peaceful mode. When I am unhappy, when I do not feel joy, the world around me functions from a chaotic mode. Peace versus chaos – I choose joy and peace!

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Witchcraft - David Salisbury

Circle Network Book Review: The Deep Heart of Witchcraft - Expanding the Core of Magickal Practice by David Salisbury Published by Moon Books 251 pages £12.99 

David Salisbury comes from a place of being – from having lived the forces that he writes about, from interacting with them on a daily basis in his life. I was very impressed when I glanced at the table of contents, and the very “simple” manner in which this book is organized – the five elements (Air, Fire, Water, Earth, and Spirit), the Gods, Deep Ritual In Witchcraft, Spinning the Wheel, and Putting it all together.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Luke Eastwood

Circle Network Book Review: The Druid’s Primer by Luke Eastwood
Published by Moon books Paperback price: £15.99 e-book price: £4.96

The Druid’s Primer is an excellent book on the subject of Druidry and is an inspirational read for anyone who is seeking to tread this spiritual path.

Thursday, 6 July 2017

The Way Home - Making Heaven on Earth

Circle Network Book Review: The Way Home - Making Heaven on Earth By Madis Senner Paperback 285 pages £11.99 Published by O Books Website:

Madis Senner has excellent credentials. As a global money manager, he has written extensively for the New York Times and other heavyweight newspapers and journals. However, he became disillusioned by exploitation and corruption in financial institutions and has become a faith activist. He now works to turn the world around and create peace and wellbeing on a personal and planetary level. He teaches and writes about sacred sites; how our thoughts create our reality and he also leads group meditations.  

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Noel Moules

Circle Network Book Review: Fingerprints of Fire - Footprints of Peace - A Spiritual Manifesto from a Jesus Perspective by Noel Moules  Paperback £12.99 Published by Circle Books Author website:

Noel Moules is the founder of 'Workshop' a Christian vocational training programme based in the UK under the auspices of a registered charity, the Anvil Trust. 

How can we discover the Jesus of the New Testament and understand his message of love, hope and peace after two thousand years of religious schism and manipulation? 

Da Vinci Enigma Tarot

Circle Network Card deck review: Da Vinci Enigma Tarot - by Caitlin Matthews, Boxed set of book and 78 cards with artwork taken from Leonardo's notebook drawings and writings, published by St Martin's Press.

For the author, tarot is not a method of fortune telling but to prepare for the next move by examining the present and we are urged to ask questions of the oracle. Sayings and quotes from Leonardo and information on elements, numbers, shuffling, choosing, clearing, augmenting, bridging and interpreting. Reversals of card meanings are provided but the card backs are not intended for both upright and reversed meanings. Each Macrocosm card (the Greater Archetypal World) has more than a page of explanation and are given untraditional titles, such as Enigma for II, Twins for VI, Imagination for VII, Time for X, Experience for XII, Passover for XII, Pain and Pleasure for XV, Deluge for XVI, Way Shower for XVII, Conception for XVIII, Birth for XIX, Renewal. Each of these 22 cards have a Latin numeral, a title, a message, an explanation of the image and background information to help with the reading, such as Soul-code, upright reading, reversed and disconnected. For and the Microcosm cards (the Lesser Manifest World) each have a title, a message, and an explanation of the background of the image, a soul-code, reversed and information about a disconnected energy relating to the card. 

The Integrated Self

Circle Network Book Review: The Integrated Self: A Holistic Approach to Spirituality and Mental Health Practice By Louis F Kavar Published by: O Books Paperback: £8.99 Kindle: £6.58 Pages: 86
Author’s website:

The Reverend Dr Louis Kavar is an ordained minister of religion, spiritual director, hypnotherapist and counselling psychologist. He works as an educator in the field of counselling and spirituality in the United States. He has travelled throughout the United States and globally in his pedagogic role.

Dr Kavar’s book posits an integrative approach towards spirituality and psychological practice. It offers a holistic framework encompassing mind, body and soul. It is primarily intended for mental health practitioners who are working directly with patients and offering psychological therapy.

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Hallowquest and Arthurian Tarot

'We must create once more a pure work' W B Yeats

Hallowquest Tarot Magic and the Arthurian Mysteries is the title of the companion book that accompanies The Arthurian Tarot Cards by Caitlin and John Matthews. This specialist deck and book style initiatory course in the Mysteries of Britain are based on the mediaeval stories from Britain and France of King Arthur, the Round Table and the search for the Holy Grail and feature the personalities, places and events that will be well known to students of these extraordinary tales. The authors are specialist tarot creators and this is one of their best! It presents a coherent deck which features the Greater Powers (Major Arcana) and Lesser Arcana (Court cards and Minor Arcana) correspond to the four seasons and the traditional cups, swords, pentacles and staves. Black and white scans are provided of the cards in the book. There are rituals, meditations, occult explorations and shamanic journeys and Hallowquest provides a year's meditation course as a series of doorways into the archetypes and symbolism in order to provide a structure for personal self development.