The Five Points of Yoga

Swami Vishnu-Devananda condensed the whole yoga tradition into a very practical system, aptly named ‘The Five Propers or ‘Five Points of Yoga’:

1. Proper Exercise (Asanas)
Our physical body is meant to move and exercise. If our lifestyle does not provide natural motion of muscles and joints, then disease and great discomfort will ensue with time. Proper exercise should be pleasant to the practitioner while beneficial to the body, mind and spiritual life.
2. Proper Breathing (Pranayama)
Yoga teaches us how to use the lungs to their maximum capacity and how to control the breath. Proper breathing should be deep, slow and rhythmical. This increases vitality and mental clarity.
3. Proper Relaxation (Savasana)
Long before the invention of cars, planes, telephones, computers, freeways and other modern triggers of stress, the Rishis (sages or seers) and Yogis of yore devised very powerful techniques of deep relaxation. As a matter of fact, many modern stress-management and relaxation methods borrow heavily from this tradition. By relaxing deeply all the muscles the Yogi can thoroughly rejuvenate his nervous system and attain a deep sense of inner peace.
4. Proper Diet (Vegetarian)
Besides being responsible for building our physical body, the foods we eat profoundly affect our mind. For maximum body-mind efficiency and complete spiritual awareness, Yoga advocates a lacto-vegetarian diet. This is an integral part of the Yogic lifestyle.
5. Meditation (Dhyana) and positive thinking
Here is the most important point of all, we become what we think. Thus we should exert to entertain positive and creative thoughts as these will contribute to vibrant health and a peaceful, joyful mind. A positive outlook on life can be developed by learning and practicing the teachings of the philosophy of Vedanta. The mind will be brought under perfect control by regular practice of meditation.

” Health is wealth, peace of mind is Happiness. Yoga shows the way.”

– Swami Vishnu-Devananda

The Seven Chakras

The Seven Chakras

Homemade Kale Chips

Homemade Kale Chips
Homemade Kale Chips


  • half or one bunch of fresh organic Kale  (I prefer the non-curly one for these chips)

  • Olive or other vegetable Oil

  • Celtic Sea Salt or pink himalayan salt

(Please do not use ordinary table salt, it contains anti-caking agent).


Heat the oven to 180C – 200C

Cut kale into 1cm – 2cm wide strips. Wash, rinse and dry well. Toss with some oil and the salt.

Arrange on a baking tray, that is covered with baking paper.

Put in the oven for +/- 20 minutes. At the half way mark, you can turn them on the tray, bring the lower ones to the top.

The Kale chips should be crisp, but not burned.

Enjoy!!!  E Guete 🙂


Kale strips, sprinkled with celtic sea salt. Ready to go in the oven.
Kale strips, sprinkled with celtic sea salt. Ready to go in the oven.



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