Category: yoga philosophy

On yoga and loneliness (the scourge of our times)

In this morning’s post, I mentioned one of the benefits of yoga is the relief of loneliness.  This is not often mentioned when people talk about yoga.  Mostly, yoga is said to relieve back pain, insomnia, sluggish digestion and various other physical ailments.  Those of us who practice yoga with any degree of seriousness know Read More

New Year, new you

Good morning dear yogis, or yogis-to-be! Wouldn’t you like to make 2018 the year that you take up yoga?  Yoga is so ubiquitous now, it seems almost silly not to at least try? But why should yoga be everywhere, and now?  Because it complements any other form of physical education or sport, but can also Read More

New post on alteayoga.es

Hey lovelies.  I am trying to move over to alteayoga.es.  So, any new posts will go there first.  Here is a link to something I wrote this morning.  Toodle-loo. https://alteayoga.es/2017/11/07/the-mysterious-path-of-the-yogi/ Read More

NY Time Opinion: Yoga teachers need a code of ethics

I agree completely with the author of this piece.  As a teacher of Viniyoga, I am ashamed that there has also been a scandal in our lineage, although not mine directly.  I won’t publish details here, but it is easy enough to dig up.  Notably, the person involved is back teaching, without apparently having to Read More

Bring calm into your nervous system via breathing

Here is a short video that deals with the relationship between the breath and the emotions.  In a study, scientists discovered that when emotions are elicited in trial participants, their breathing pattern changes.  But the interesting thing is that the opposite thing also happens:  When breathing patterns are altered, the corresponding emotion is elicited.  Let’s Read More

Pratyahara

David Frawley of the American Institute of Vedic Studies is, in my opinion, one of the most erudite and informed yoga pundits on the scene today.  I shall share with you a link to his writings on pratyahara, the fifth limb of Astanga yoga.  If you have been practising with me this winter, you will Read More

On balance – Part II

In yesterday’s post, I hardly had time to get started.  Talking about the balancing act between prâna and apâna, I likened it to the accumulation and ridding of material things.  I wanted to finish the post by discussing the IN and the OUT of yoga practice. Most of us arrive at a yoga practice carrying Read More

On balance – Part 1.

I have been offline for most of the past month.  Firstly, it was due to a fault on my ADSL.  Latterly, because I have been staying away from home for a few days. It is a strange thing to be semi-connected in times like these.  Of course, I had my iPhone, so Whatsapp, Facebook, email Read More

Re-blogged: What is "beginner's mind"?

I like this article that I found over at Yogapedia:  https://www.yogapedia.com/7/9543/self/self-work/what-is-beginners-mind?utm_content=bufferf99a6&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer Read More

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