“Stillness is powerful; not movement,” quipped Master Sree. Of course he hadn’t mean the external state. Yoga is a physically dynamic practice, and it can be pretty physically rigorous too, with the plethora of inversions and bends. He was referring to the internal state. In class, we learnt about Santosha,
Before learning about Pranayama, I used to think “a breath is a breath” and did not think that the different ways someone breathe could result in such enormous benefits. Pranayama is a Sanskrit word that means “extended life force”. The word is made up of two words, ‘Prana’ (which means
The natural world played a significant role in ancient rites and ceremonies, and yogis drew inspiration from it. Nearly all mythological characters have a connection to at least one animal. Hence, it should come as no surprise that many yoga positions are influenced by wildlife, flora, and fauna. In the
Many people seek out yoga and physical therapy in the hopes of releasing the iliopsoas (a composite muscle consisting of the psoas and the iliacus). Iliopsoas tightness can be caused by a sedentary lifestyle: Similar to the hamstrings, this muscle is particularly susceptible to the negative effects of prolonged sitting.