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Why chant Om?

Om is a mantra, or vibration, that is traditionally chanted at the beginning and end of yoga sessions. Coming from Hinduism and Yoga, the mantra is considered to have high spiritual and creative power but despite this, it is a mantra that can be recited by anyone. It’s both a sound and a symbol rich in meaning and depth and when pronounced correctly it is actually AUM.
Aum actually consists of four syllables: A, U, M, and the silent syllable.
The first syllable is A, pronounced as a prolonged “awe.” The sound starts at the back of your throat and you stretch it out. You will start feeling your solar plexus and chest vibrating.
The second syllable is U, pronounced as a prolonged “oo,” with the sound gradually rolling forward along your upper palate. You’ll feel your throat vibrate.
The third syllable is M, pronounced as a prolonged “mmmm” with your front teeth gently touching. You will now start to feel the top of your vibrate.
The last syllable is the deep silence of the Infinite. As intelligence rises from the deep silence, you have to merge your chant from the ‘M’ to the deep silence.
Symbolically the three letters embody the divine energy (Shakti) and it’s 3 main characteristics: (1) creation, (2) preservation and (3) liberation.
Why do we chant it?
Everything in the universe is pulsating and vibrating – nothing is really standing still! The sound Om, when chanted, vibrates at the frequency of 432 Hz, which is the same vibrational frequency found throughout everything in nature.
As such AUM is the basic sound of the universe; so by chanting it we are symbolically and physically tuning in to that sound and acknowledging our connection to all other living beings, nature and the universe.
Read the full article at Mind Body Green 

The General Sherman Tree

he General Sherman is a giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) tree located in the Giant Forest of Sequoia National Park inTulare County, in the U.S. state of California. By volume, it is the largest known living single stem tree on earth.[1] general_sherman The General Sherman Tree is neither the tallest known living tree on Earth (that distinction belongs to the Hyperion tree, a Coast redwood),[2] nor is it the widest (both the largest cypress and largest baobab have a greater diameter), nor is it the oldest known living tree on Earth (that distinction belongs to a Great Basin bristlecone pine).[3] With a height of 83.8 metres (275 ft), a diameter of 7.7 metres (25 ft), an estimated bole volume of 1,487 cubic metres (52,513 cu ft), and an estimated age of 2,300–2,700 years, it is nevertheless among the tallest, widest and longest-lived of all trees on the planet.

Cottars 1920’s Camp

As revealed by the date in its name, Cottars harks back to a “golden age” of safari by kitting out staff in vintage livery and furnishing quarters with antiques.Screen Shot 2014-04-21 at 8.46.25 AM

On the outskirts of the Masai Mara, the camp has 10 tents in total — five doubles, four family-sized and one for honeymooners.

The latter have fireplaces and separate living rooms.

Guests can eat in the well appointed communal dining area or opt for a candlelit meal within the privacy of their own tent.

Cottars 1920s Camp, Masai Mara, Kenya; +254 7337 73377; From $520 per person per night

Source: CNN 

The Vertical Forest

At first glance it looked too fantastical to be real, but now the completion date for the world’s first vertical forest is drawing near. Located in Milan, Bosco Verticale is Boeri Studio’s answer to the question of how to make cities greener while supporting an ever denser urban population. Since Inhabitat first reported on the project in 2011, it has captured the imagination of many across the globe, all eager to see how the benefits of downtown city living can be enhanced within a vertical forest environment. Screen shot 2014-03-30 at 12.44.02 PMInhabitat spoke to Boeri Studio this January for an update and some photos of the building’s progress. Keep reading to get the latest.

A vertical forest is expected to be completed this year in Milan. There are two tower apartment complexes which contain a total of 400 residential units. The facade of the buildings will be covered with 730 trees, 5,000 shrubs, and 11,000 perennial plants. It is expected to have the same ecological impact as 10,000 square meters of forest.Screen shot 2014-03-30 at 12.45.16 PM

Read more: New Photos Show ‘Bosco Verticale’ Vertical Forest Nearing Completion in Milan | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building

Natural Native of Nature

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After walking for about 2 Miles this spot found me. I had isolation in mind so I let me legs guide me. At first I saw a tree stump and it looked like a mushroom was on top of it so I walked over to it to see it was a path behind it leading here.
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While using the cut trees as a balance beam I noticed how good it actually feels under my feet. It was like a massage until i stepped on a pinecone! -_-
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A deep intense forward bend. I over heard something rattling through the leaves It was someones dog.
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The signature…. I could imagine just taking off for flight backwards like this.
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Everyone that seemed to notice me shirtless in the middle of the woods stopped and caught a glimpse. Felt like i was some type of rare animal named Yogi
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Have a great day be one with nature it always helps to become in tuned.

 

Yogi Selects XIIV

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@NightmareTales    •Humanity Rising• Photo by @nois7 http://www.CYBERYOGA.LA

@NightmareTales is one of the most brave and flexible yogi I follow on Instagram. His post will make your stomach drop and confidence rise. Pushing the limits to test your ability is the only way to know your max! … If there even is one. He inspired me to climb and test my balance. Balance I barely can keep on flat surface! … Stay In Focus

•Earth 2014 A•D• Photo courtesy of @briancrawfordphotography Check out my new YouTube video CYBERYOGA 1•0 GENESIS
•Earth 2014 A•D• Photo courtesy of @briancrawfordphotography Check out my new YouTube video CYBERYOGA 1•0 GENESIS

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Yogi Selects X

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A stunning shot living on the edge with @dranalama
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Forget yesterday – it has already forgotten you. Don’t sweat tomorrow – you haven’t even met. Instead, open your eyes and your heart to a truly precious gift – today. Steve Maraboli – today’s #highhopeshighheels word is GRATITUDE. I am very grateful for all the wonderful and loving people I have in my life. Hollowback forearm stand with a doggy in the background 🐶 thanks for the fun challenge @srvj @ladydork 🙏 – @BikiniYogini
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This shot by @galinasara gives me a fee.ing horses are near by getting ready to jump over the wooden post. My imagination runs wild sometime.

Moeraki Boulders

The Moeraki Boulders are unusually large and spherical boulders lying along a stretch of Koekohe Beach on the wave-cut Otago coast of New Zealand between Moeraki and Hampden. Moeraki Boulders New Zealand 08They occur scattered either as isolated or clusters of boulders within a stretch of beach where they have been protected in a scientific reserve. The erosion by wave action ofmudstone, comprising local bedrock and landslides, frequently exposes embedded isolated boulders. These boulders are grey-colored septarian concretions, which have been exhumed from the mudstone enclosing them and concentrated on the beach by coastal erosion.[1][2][3][4]

Source –Wikipedia

The Pulsating Red Garnet

Garnet cleanses and re-energises the chakras.  It purifies and balances energy, bringing serenity or passion as appropriate.  Inspires love and devotion.  rg4Garnet balances the sex drive and alleviates emotional disharmony.  It activates and strengthens the survival instinct, bringing courage and hope.  Stimulates past-life recall.  Sharpens perceptions of oneself and others.  Garnet removes inhibitions and taboos.  It opens the heart and bestows self-confidence.

Chakras – Base ChakraHeart Chakra

A stone of commitment, Red Garnet represents love.  It revitalises feelings and enhances sexuality, bringing warmth, devotion, understanding, trust, sincerity and honesty to a relationship.  Red Garnet controls anger, especially toward the self.rg3 rg2 rg1