In Patanjali’s Eight limbs of Ashtanga Yoga, the second limb (Niyama) discusses freedom from all observances. Some of the greatest shackles of our minds lie in our experiences and perceptions of the physical world – how we perceive our bodies, emotions, and challenges in life – and how we let
The first time I had any experience with meditation was a one-day Vipassana course. This was nearing my A Level exams which was a stressful period, and I was recommended by a family member to attend. I was open-minded but wasn’t sure whether what I was going to learn would
My fate with Yoga started when I was 10. It wasn’t Yoga practice itself, but the ballet classes that I’ve been taking for more than a decade ago. All the graceful postures that other seen on stage was a small part of all the sweats and commitments behind the scenes.
The Sanskrit word chakra translates to a wheel or disk. In yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda, this term refers to wheels of energy throughout the body. There is a total of 114 chakras, but the 7 main chakras are aligned along the spine, starting from the base of the spine to
What is Pranayama?Pranayama is the 4th limb of 8 limbs of yoga. Prana means “vital life force”, and yama means to gain control. Thus, pranayama is abreathing technique used to control and modify the amount, quality, flow, and direction of vital energy in the body. Pranayama is oftendefined as “breath
“Svadhyaya ishta devata samprayogah”, Yoga Sutra 2.44 Svadhyaya is the fourth of the Niyamas from Patanjali’s 8 limbs of the yoga sutra. The meaning of Swadhyaya is self-study and reflection to acquire the virtues or positive qualities on a yoga journey. I always thought I knew myself. I know what
Salamba Sarvangasana, the queen of asanas, is a basic inversion supine pose. In this pose the body is lifted up vertically, balanced on the shoulder, and the hands support the back with the help of proper breathing. Salamba = To support, Sarva = All, Anga = Limbs In this posture
Throughout my life, I never practiced yoga. I couldn’t understand all the excitement around yoga. I’m not a person who will wear fancy outfits, and all of the fashionable poses, that were pictured on social media, seemed impossible to me. Then I had foot surgery on both feet. I couldn’t
Breathing is the very essence of life. Deep, calm breathing can influence our mind and on the other hand, when we are stressed, our mind and thought can affect our breathing to be faster.Every yoga class starts with focusing on the breath. It can be deep breaths or breathing practice.
Santosha yoga “santosha anuttamah sukha labhah” – Being contented, supreme joy is achieved. From 200h YTT Tirisula manual Santosha is the second of the Niyamas from Patanjali’s 8 limbs of yoga sutra. The word Santosha translates to contentment, being not happy or sad. Enjoying every moment of being in consciousness.