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YOGA AND COMBAT SPORTS

YOGA AND COMBAT SPORTS Combat Sports and Yoga are a lot more alike than many people will realise. Being someone who has competed in Boxing, Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Mixed Martial Art (MMA) I have always been looking at ways I can improve my game. Whether it’s trying to

Kriya Yoga and its relation to Kapalabhati

Kriya yoga is an ancient type of meditation technique often referred to as the “Yoga of Action or Awareness”, that when practiced smart, accelerates one’s spiritual progress. The book titled “Autobiography of a Yogi” by Paramahansa Yogananda is known as one of the modern founders of Kriya yoga which was

Set your inner child free!

When it comes to yoga, it’s easy to let ourselves get lost in the asanas (postures). What I mean is focusing too much on going into the postures and “getting into the right shape”, and therefore losing the sense of balance, harmony, or even forgetting to breathe. So, sometimes, it’s

Detachment or indifference?

I’ve always considered myself as a caring person, mindful of others, to the extent of sometimes putting other people’s needs in front of my own. So when I started studying the 8 limbs of yoga, particularly the yamas and niyamas, which describe a sort of “guideline” towards self-realization, I was

Pranayama: the art of (not) breathing

As I reembarked on my new yoga journey at the beginning of the year, one of my prime resolution was to resume pranayama on a daily basis. As I informed my partner about my new routine, I was pleasantly surprised at his interest and understanding, and realized he had actually

It’s all about the hips

When I first started yoga, I realized I had a lot to work on to be able to get into a number of postures. I thought the two most important things for me were building arm strength and gaining flexibility. Both were true, but taking this YTT course made me

What is trauma-informed yoga?

Trauma-informed yoga is a contemporary form of yoga focused on creating a conducive practice space for survivors who have experienced various forms of trauma in their lives. These traumas can include child abuse survivors, domestic abuse or sexual assault survivors, veterans and more. The principle behind creating a conducive practice

Alignment to optimize effort in asanas

Ever wonder how alignment plays a role in asanas? Alignment is important not just to protect your body from injuries, by keeping your joints in place, but also to optimize effort in asanas. When we stack our bones in alignment with gravitational forces, we find that the weight we have

What does it mean to observe your thoughts?

If you’re anything like me, meditation can be a tough activity to approach. Doing and thinking of nothing, how does that even work? Meditation is the practice concentrating on something subtle that you fade into the stillness in body and mind. Many preach of its health benefits: it calms anxiety

May You Be Free, Aparigraha

Aparigraha, listed as 5th in Yama, Yoga Sutra, means non-possession of anything that gives suffering for someone and abstention from greed. In psychological terms, it means a state of non-attachment, non-craving and self-satisfaction. It is seemingly hard to practice this in this modern world, where we are dominated by materialism.

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