Yoga Articles

Developing the power of non-reaction through the practice of Yoga.

If every action creates a reaction, then it’s how we response to that reaction that makes our character and how we progress in life. Reaction is the basis of any action and how we response is what we are perceived as by others. In yoga we learn the art of

Understanding My body structure and what works for me.

Yoga the union of mind body and Soul, to master the body one must be able to understand what kind of body he has and how to bring out the best in your given body. Observing my body and seeing how it function.   I honestly conclude that I have

Pranayama and Meditation the final asana in Yoga

If you mention the term yoga practitioner in the last decade, pictures of lean aesthetically muscled body frames and model like looking people will come to the mind. The internet is splashed with very muscled and pleasant looking bodies defying gravity with jaw dropping positions. And yoga has transformed itself

Bhakti Yoga Searching the god in me

As a believer in the Hindu faith, I was told never to question rituals and practices, it was ingrained into my daily life since a very young age. I Would observe my mum waking up at early morning, cold shower and standing in-front of the prayer room altar, eyes closed

The Anatomy of Urdha Mukha Svanasana

Urdha = upward Mukha = facing Svanasana = dog pose This backbend pose works to a great extend on the arms and shoulders strength. It requires the engagement of the hip flexor, gluteus, pelvic floor muscles, psoas, abdominal muscles, triceps and biceps. This pose is similar to Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose).

Compassion and Yama

When I first found out that I was the youngest in this YTT batch, I felt an overwhelming sense of pressure to nail every single posture immeditely. Given how my body/muscles was considered “young” or “agile” and growing up as a ballet dancer (who is expected to have a standard

印度瑜伽五大元素 vs 中国五行理论

最近在学习瑜伽教练课程,在瑜伽哲学部分中接触到瑜伽的五大元素,顿觉与中国的五行理论似乎有着异曲同工之妙。小小研究了一下,发现两者不尽相同,整理如下:   中国五行理论 (金、木、水、火、土) 相生相克的平衡关系,强调整体概念,旨在描述宇宙万物的运动形式以及转化关系,如脏、五腑、五季、五体、五窍、五华、五色、五味等。 古时道学的一种系统观,在现代类似于一个数学模型, 广泛应用于中医学、堪舆、命理、相术和占卜等方面   印度瑜伽五大元素 (土、水、火、风、空) 从下向上的一中关系: 土是最基础的元素、向上为水、水上为火、火上为风,最后一切归为空 从能量讲,是各个层级的能量表现形式,土为最底层级的固态能量、水为液态能量、火为可见的气态能量、风为不可见的气态能量、空为最高级的宇宙能量。 从人体来讲,骨骼肌肉为土、血液体液为水、维持生命的能量为火、呼吸的空气为风、心灵为空。所以在瑜伽练习中,呼吸可以影响心灵。呼吸向下可以控制火,火可以影响水的状态,水是固态、液态、还是气态由火的多少决定,因此人体的能量状态决定了体液循环畅通。水灌溉大地,体液的能量补充给肌肉和骨骼。 瑜伽七脉轮也涵盖了五大元素。脉轮以中体中脉为轴,在顶、喉、心、脐等处辐射出若干支脉,回转成圆形,状如车轮,所以叫脉轮,代表生命能量特别丰富的地方。其中前六个脉轮就对应了五大元素。 更多信息可参考:

Aerial Yoga vs Traditional Yoga

I always find the aerial yoga to be more fun and graceful, and sometimes more relaxing than traditional yoga. After almost going through the YTT course, I thought it would be good to understand aerial yoga better, in comparison to traditional yoga. What is Aerial Yoga? Combines traditional yoga postures

Muscles in Yoga poses

In my Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) journey so far, the two challenging yet fulfilling poses for me are Crow pose and Headstand. While I am still working on refining the poses, it is always interesting to understand the muscles worked for them. Crow Pose (Kakasana) This is an arm balancing

My Yoga Journey

I have been practicing yoga on-and-off since 2013, on a leisure and ad-hoc basis. I consider myself at beginner/intermediate level – while I have attempted and am familiar with most basic poses, my body is not so flexible and powerful to do many advanced poses. Nevertheless, I do enjoy attending