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Insights—Resources for More Effective Living

It’s our joy to share this growing library of informative and inspirational articles. We hope you’ll enjoy them and find them useful. Your feedback is most welcome.

Free Yourself from Emotional Reaction

by Gyandev McCord

A stirring and insightful real-life story of overcoming a negative habit—in this case, anger.

How to Work with Affirmations

by Gyandev and Diksha McCord

How to choose/design, practice, and get the most out of the time-honored science of affirmation.

A Visualization for Greater Effectiveness

by Gyandev McCord

A brief exercise from the workshop, “Achieving Greater Effectiveness.”

Yogic Diet—Foods as Vibration

by Diksha McCord

Come to a deeper—and highly practical—understanding of how to choose and prepare healthy and delicious meals. It’s based in Yoga’s ancient principles of the effect of different vibratory qualities of various foods.

Psychological & Spiritual Qualities of Various Foods

Paramhansa Yogananda emphasized that foods have definite effects on one’s body and state of mind, and that we can use them for benefits other than nutritional. Download a pdf with a complete list.

Overcoming Fear—My Experience of Hang Gliding

by Diksha McCord

What can you do when fear paralyzes your body and terrifies your mind?

Resources for Exploring the Mahabharata & Bhagavad Gita

by Gyandev McCord

A variety of excellent resources, spiced with Gyandev's evaluations.

Overcoming Obstacles—4 Mistakes to Avoid When You Face an Obstacle

by Gyandev & Diksha McCord

Audio MP3 recording of a teleclass that we gave as a prelude to one of our retreats on the larger topic of “Yoga’s Solutions for Difficult Times—How to Overcome Life’s Obstacles”

12 Tips for a Better Night’s Sleep

by Gyandev McCord

For many people, just a few minor adjustments in their daily routine can make a world of difference. (And for even more help, try Gyandev’s Ease into Sleep CD.)

An Ayurvedic Approach to Ananda Yoga (pdf download)

by Mangala Sue Loper-Powers

In addition to being a staff teacher at The Expanding Light retreat, Mangala is Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist, Nurse Practitioner, Ananda Yoga teacher, and Ananda minister. She wrote this article for an audience of Ananda Yoga teachers, but it is quite accessible for anyone with a basic knowledge of Hatha Yoga.

The Causes of Economic Depression

by Paramhansa Yogananda

Written more than 50 years ago in reference to The Great Depression of the 1930s, Yogananda’s words ring hauntingly true amid today’s unstable economic situation.

Teachings of Reincarnation in the Bible

from the writings of Paramhansa Yogananda and Swami Kriyananda

Some very familiar but slightly puzzling verses from the Bible take on new meaning and clarity when seen in the light of reincarnation—and in the light of many reincarnational teachings having been removed from the Bible in 533 C.E.