Can anyone Recommend one of these Suppliments?

Dec 05 2013

I found this article this Shilajit website. Comparing two supplements I am very interested in learning more about. Anyone here have personal experience with either Shilajit or Eleuthero?
ELeuthero Root Vs. Shilajit Powder

The Differences Between Shilajit Powder and Eleuthero Root

These are two herbal remedies with a very dedicated following. On one side the supplement Shilajit powder is a more mineral dietary supplement. It has very positive effects to the body. On the other side Eleuthero root is a stimulant style. It’s going to effect your mental state more giving more energy and a feeling of focus.

Although they cover very simular benefits strong immune support, additional energy, reduced fatigue, sexual enhancement and additional stamina.

Aside from there benefits this is where Shilajit and Eleuthero these are totally different herbs with different purposes and in my opinion different reasons to take them.

Eleuthero as a stimulant in the adaptogen family is something that should not be taken regularly if your goal is to maintain optimal health. It is very effective for fighting off a cold in its early phases and as a temporary supplement or something to take for immediate benefits which can be felt within an hour of taking the substance.

On the other side Shilajit is an strong mineral complex. It is strong in micro nutrition, minerals and is more of a food type rather than a stimulant. You can take it regularly to enhance general health and energy levels. You cant take it on a bad morning due to the effects taking more than 15 hours to arrive. This makes Shilajit powder my preference but it’s up to you to decide which you prefer.

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Yoga Styles vs. Yoga Branches

Oct 02 2013

Although it may sound confusing, it’s very similar to how you think of clothes as having different parts, i.e. shirts, pants, and shoes, and also different brands.

Not that long ago, you would simply buy a shirt. Maybe yours was made by a renowned tailor, but it had no brand. And it probably didn’t come from china…

With modernity came the advent of brands –now you don’t have just a shirt, you buy a shirt from brand X, and you know what to expect as far as its fit, look and feel. Oh yes, and its price.

Well, it’s not that different here. About 60 years ago, if you practiced meditation, people said you practiced “Raja Yoga”. If you practiced postures, breathing, and other energetic and cleansing techniques, you practiced “Hatha Yoga”.

There was no such thing as a “yoga style”. If you wanted some frame of reference you could have asked details about the practice –is it strong? Does it focus on meditation? Is there chanting involved?

But around the 1950’s, things began to change…

How did styles come about?
branches of yoga

A little visual help

As yoga moved to the West, different teachers had very different ideas as to what to teach and how to teach it. Some teachers focused mostly on postures. Others on meditation. Others on their stock portfolio :-)

But most teachers had a combination of at least some practices, each one teaching a different version of the poses, the way to sequence them, etc.

At first there were only a handful of styles, and very few people knew about them. But as interest in yoga grew, teachers began to differentiate themselves.

They started calling their particular way of teaching with a particular name –like a brand. And in the 1990’s, all hell broke loose, and styles began to sprout like popcorn.

Below is a list of some branches of Yoga. It isn’t definitive either, and it lends itself to lengthy discussions –so if you think that some of these shouldn’t be listed, or that I’m missing some, I’m open to suggestions.


Raja Yoga: Closely associated with Patanjali’s Eight Limbs of Yoga, this is the path of meditation. Although some people include other practices here, such as breathing or energetic practices, it is mostly achieved “while sitting”.

Bhakti Yoga: For those who prefer to reach their connection with their Source through singing, dancing, writing poems… basically anything that allows them to pour their hearts through the yoga of devotion. You may already be a bhakta if you do any of those things!

Hatha Yoga: The physical practices. Yes, postures. But also breathing, cleansing practices, specific diet, and energetic practices. Some people use the name of this “branch” to describe a yoga Style now called Integral Yoga, or simply “soft yoga”.

Jnana Yoga: This is the Yoga of knowledge, and it’s aim is to use the intellect to discern the truth –that we are one with the divine, pure consciousness that permeates the Universe. The practice can consist of reading books, reflecting and learning from others who have attained enlightenment.

Karma Yoga: The Yoga of Pure Action. That means EVERY action, so it probably applies to all other practices. For the action to be pure, it must arise without aversion or attachment. This means dedicating every action to the Divine, without any expectation, and offering the fruits of the action to something higher than ourselves.

Each style of Yoga takes at least some of these branches in consideration, but they “package it” in a different way. In many cases, the main differences between the styles have to do with the way they approach “Hatha Yoga”, the physical aspect of it.

Some people see this as part of the “corruption” of yoga values. I personally think that it allows people to get at least a sense of what to expect, and be able to make a more informed decision as to what kind of practice they want to embark on, even if they are in their “testing” phase.

If you still have questions… just ask!
To your clarity,

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Clarity Through The Yoga Sutras

Sep 16 2013

I started studying the Yoga Sutras over 20 years ago in college while contemplating my career path. My mother had it all figured out for me  -  I was going to college to work hard, earn a business degree and prepare for the future.  She may have been     sure of it…but my heart was not.

No matter how hard I strived to embrace economics and accounting, I became frustrated, and more disappointed in the direction I was heading. I felt confused, disheartened, and ready to quit. On my way to class one day, I noticed an ad for a Yoga Sutras class located within walking distance from campus. I didn’t really know much about the eight limbs of yoga. Ready to find a break from economics, I decided to try it out.

The studio was located on the third floor of an old  building in downtown Amherst. The intimate room had a large window that overlooked a woody landscape with rushing brook.  The morning’s sunlight shined through the leafy tree outside into the room and warmed the dark wood floor. Students sat quietly on their mats, and welcomed me to the class with soft hellos or a sweet smiles as I rolled out my mat and sat down.

When class began, I was surprised at how familiar the Yoga Sutras felt to me. My mind immediately surrendered to the flow of the class, and moved fluidly from sutra to sutra. It was like a second nature to me. The only sounds I could hear was the soft music in the background and encouraging messages from the teacher instructing me to continue to move in a graceful flow. A supportive and joyful energy filled the room. The teachers words guided me to direct my awareness deep inside, and feel sensations I had not felt before.  I didn’t feel afraid to express myself as the class progressed. Nor did anyone else.  I just let myself go.  I felt as if I was…. dancing… through the postures. I felt alive, vibrant and safe.

At a time in my life where I was looking for answers, embarking on a new life and freedom, I found that studying the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali gave me a freedom I had not felt before. More importantly, it guided me in the right direction. It instilled confidence in me, and made me more aware of my true self. The more I studied, the easier was to make responsible, wise choices for my mind, body and heart. I became more conscious of myself, others and the world around me.

Each day brings a new opportunity to learn. To give. To accept. It was at this moment, that I had found where I wanted to go with my life. Further into the study of Raja Yoga.


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