Setting the Tone for a Brighter 2017

2016 has come to an end. How are you feeling? Are you restless, anxious, or eager to start the new year? With the unusually high number of losses and tragedies this past year, it’s no wonder we feel the whole world is saying “Goodbye 2016, you won’t be missed!”. While many of us are feeling the emotions of a challenging year: anger, fear, loss and resentment— most of this is caused by what we see and hear on the news, social media and from talking to the people around us….

Managing stress during the holiday season

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Nirmala Raniga of the Chopra Addiction and Wellness Center has some tips and advice on how to best manage your stress over the holidays.

Please see below the interview on Global News TV.

Healing From Anxiety

For the past twenty minutes you have been sitting at your desk, a blank computer screen staring back at you. The cursor at the top of your open word document flashes rhythmically. Thump… thump… thump. You become aware of your heartbeat and notice it steadily increasing. You feel it becoming stronger and you feel it in your stomach, travelling upward into your chest. Your palms are sweating. You take your hands off your desk and try to dry them by rubbing them along the top of your thighs– a temporary relief. You begin to set them…

How to Bring the Sparkle and Joy Back Into Your Holidays

Making a list and checking it twice has a whole other meaning to some of us. Despite the awe of twinkling lights and festive music during the holidays, this time of year also comes with a lot of worries and added stressors. There are the holiday parties, decorations, gifts, food, travel, and of course— emotional and financial expenses. You may be able to relate that, this is the time of year when many of us place a great deal of importance on tradition. If you’re a grandmother, you may work…

About the Center

Chopra Addiction and Wellness Center is a private residential center specializing in treating a broad range of addictive behaviours and psychological trauma. We are nestled on a peaceful 10-acre property set on the banks of the Cheakamus River only an hour’s drive north of Vancouver, BC. What makes us unique is our holistic approach to healing that promotes balance and integration of body, mind and spirit.

Samadhi: The Eighth Limb of Yoga (In a Practical World)

Our on-going blog posts about the Eight Limbs of Yoga leads us to the final Limb, Samadhi. Samadhi is defined as a union with the Divine. This uniting can happen before or after our death. Those who meditate may speak of Samadhi, as they hope to attain this state through their meditation practice. It’s also believed that when great Sages pass away, they achieve Samadhi through their passing. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali devote a chapter to the concept of Samadhi. Patanjali addresses different types of Samadhi in The Yoga Sutras: Samadhi “with a seed”, which is…

Dhyana: The Seventh Limb of Yoga

By Nirmala Raniga The Eight Limbs of Yoga are spiritual practices for well being, which help us live more peaceful and fulfilling lives. Each limb of Yoga explains how Yoga isn’t just a physical practice, but a way of life that helps us connect to our environment,our higher selves and those around us. Our ongoing discussion of the Eight Limbs of Yoga brings us to Dhyana, the Seventh Limb, which is often translated as “worship”. Practicing Dhyana involves concentrating on a point of focus, with the intention of gaining truthfulness about it. For example, we…

Dharana: The Sixth Limb of Yoga

Our last few blog posts have been about the Eight Limbs of Yoga, which are spiritual practices for well-being that help us live more fulfilled lives. The Eight Limbs of Yoga explain how yoga is much more than just a physical practice, but a lifestyle that also enhances mental wellbeing. Dharana is the sixth limb of Yoga, which often gets confused with meditation. But Dharana explains the concentration and preparation it takes to enter into a meditative state. Dharana is translated from Sanskrit to “holding steady”, which means to go…

Pratyahara: The Fifth Limb of Yoga

By Nirmala Raniga Over the past few weeks, we’ve been exploring the Eight Limbs of Yoga: what they are, how they can help us live more fulfilling lives, and even how they can help those who are recovering from addiction. If you haven’t heard of the Eight Limbs of Yoga before, they are basic practices for well-being that explain how yoga is not just a physical practice, but a way of life that enhances the body, mind and spirit. Dating back nearly 5,000 years ago, Yoga was originated from the ancient Hindu wisdom known…

Pranayama: Fourth Limb of Yoga

By Nirmala Raniga, Chopra Addiction and Wellness Center Founder The Eight Limbs of Yoga are basic practices for wellbeing that help us live fuller and healthier lives. Pranayama is the fourth of the eight limbs of yoga, which is used as a tool to help connect us to ourselves, others and our environment using our breath— or life force. Prana is a Sanskrit word that describes the energy flowing through every living thing, and throughout the universe. In the human body, this energy is expressed through the breath. To feel alive, vibrant and a…