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The Fire Element poses a specific property to transform whatever has to be altered.

Flames and Candlelight can easily create a state of trance if used combined with breathing and focusing techniques.

For the following technique we will use a flame from a candlelight to clear our minds.

You will need a simple candle and some incense stick, palo santo, sage or mugwort essential oil.



  • First burn the incense to introduce a more calming environment.


  • Then place the candle as close to eye level as possible. You may want to dim the lights of the room to easily focus on the flame of the candlelight


  • Sit comfortably at any easily crossed leg position and keep your back straight.


  • Relax your body by using Dirga Pranayama (breathing technique). Inhale slowly from your lower belly and bring your breath towards your chest and your neck. Exhale with no rush and bring your breathe out from your body by starting from your neck, your chest and then your lower belly.


  • You may want to take seven Dirga Pranayama breaths


  • Slowly bring your attention and just focus to the flame


  • Maybe your eyes will start to feel watery, remain focused at the flame


  • Continue by focusing your eyes at the flame of the candlelight for ten more minutes


  • With practice you may build up this technique up to 20-30minutes

After you finish this technique remain with your eyes closed for some more minutes.

May you carry this peaceful energy and feeling for the rest of your day!

Namaste 🙏


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Elina Kourtali

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Yoga Alliance USA

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During a Full Moon Phase, the Moon is Centered between the Earth and the Sun. It brings the Strongest Energies of all phases.

It may be a phase where a Grounding Technique is needed to calm the Body and Mind.

To be Grounded means to be Energetically Centered. To feel Focused, Ballanced and Strong.

Thus, to be Centered during a challenging time one can practice a Rooting Technique.

To bring clarity to unsafety, to be present, the first thing to bring in mind is your own Breathe.

Awareness of the Breathe is the first part of the following Grounding Technique.

  • Bring yourself in a place where you feel comfortable enough.


  • You may want to light up some candles or bring some herbs, resin or incense burning to encourage calming energies.


  • Sit in any position where your body does not feel any discomfort.


  • You may want to close your eyes and take some breaths.


  • Then focus at the root of your spine.


  • Try to imagine Roots coming out of your spine and travelling towards the centre of the Earth.


  • Journey deep into the Ground.


  • Show Gratitude and Respect for the Earth which supports you anyway in your life Journey.

  • Feel Calm, Reconnected and Focused on the relationship between your Physical Body and the Ground.


  • When you feel comfortable enough, you may want to open your eyes again.

Remember this techniques needs practice and it is a part of bringing Awareness and Knowledge to the Physical, Emotional and Divine Body.

Always stay Positive, Life is a Blessing!

Namaste,

Elina Kourtali

RYT Yoga Alliance USA

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The first part of the 8th limb Yoga of Patanjali includes the ‘five restrains”, Yama in Sanskrit, which aim on Mental and Emotional control. Those are Non- violence, Ahimsa, Sincerity, Satya, Non stealing, Asteya, Moderation of the Senses , Brahmacharya, and Detachment, Aparigraha.

The definition of Non-Violence, Ahimsa includes not only the physical violence but also the Emotional and Mental violence, where Negative forces are used opposed to Peace and Love.

Sincerity, Satya, relates to standing for ones Truth by means where Non violence is used.


Non stealing, Asteya, is defined when someones Freedom and Respect is underlined.


Moderation of the Senses, Brachmacharya, refers to allowing energy to be expanded where there is an understanding of higher Truth potential.


Detachment, Aparigraha, relates to detachment from Material Growth or from ones specific Goal.


The Only Constant in Life is the constant Change of Everything, in every moment, as been also said by other Philosophers as well, Change is the Constant Thing in Life, (Iraklitos 484 BC).

Bibliography

Swami Vivekananda (1978). Raja Yoga or Conquering the Internal Nature and the The Sutras of Patanjali. Translated in Greek by Giannis Maletas, 1991, Konidari Edition

Elina Kourtali

RYT Yoga Alliance USA