Category: yoga philosophy

Apanasana: A powerfully simple pose

Apanasana is a basic yoga pose that is very easy to learn and grants rapid, noticeable benefits. Use a yoga mat or folded boiled-wool blanket to cushion your back.  Lying on the back on the floor, legs are bent, feet flat on the floor, parallel and hip-width apart, heels near the buttocks.  Extend the neck Read More

Look at yourself: Yoga & the mirror

Yoga studios rarely come equipped with mirrors, unless you are doing the undeniably self-conscious Bikram yoga.  Perhaps this is because yoga itself is the mirror.   A few weeks ago, I posted about still feeling dislocated here in Altea.  It takes time to settle in.  But, more than that, by writing my thoughts down and Read More

Tending the Fire

There is much talk of fire in most Yoga texts and teachings. Fire is one of the 5 elements, the others being Air, Water, Earth and Ether/Space. Fire is felt to transform matter from one state to another. Its sinuous flames remind us nearly of liquid, so despite its “hot” quality, it is also intimately Read More

Fresh from the garden – the yoga of food.

My partner coaxes wonderful vegetables from the clay-ey mediterranean soil.  I have just spent the morning making green juice (using Triestino radicchio now, so a little less bitter), then a curly kale stir fry (with home grown chilli pepper, onion and market-bought ginger and garlic) and finally a lovely creamy pumpkin and ginger soup (the Read More

The Human Revolution

The question has been there forever.  What can I do to make the world a better place?  The answer is simple:  Human Revolution. I first heard this term used as the title of a book by Daisaku Ikeda of the Soka Gokkai International.  This international Buddhist organization, with origins in Japan, use rapid mantra chant Read More

The tree of enlightenment

Yoga is the seed,  the mind is the fertile ground and detachment is the water that quenches thirst.  Like this, we grow the mystic tree of enlightenment. Read More

Kings and Queens

Here in Spain we are taking a day off to celebrate the arrival of the Three Kings in Bethlehem.  Bearing gifts of gold, myrrh and frankincense, they came the rejoice in the birth of the baby Jesus.  Whatever your take on modern-day Christianity, Jesus did some pretty cool stuff in his time.  My friend Joel Read More

Eres divino!

Una parte fundamental de la filósofia del yoga que yo conozco es la existencia de Isvara, ó sea, La Conciencia Universal Pura.  Cuando limpiamos la mente, limpiamos el  aparato con lo que nuestra conciencia personal pura, purusha, percibe el mundo .  Central a nuestra teoría es la idea que cada ser humano lleva dentro de Read More

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