Yoga Articles

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

Meditations on man’s best friend

Yoga is littered with all sorts of dog memes inspired by asanas named after man’s best friend  – puppy pose, downward- and upward facing dog being the obvious ones. I suspect that the yoga gurus who named these asanas probably lived in close proximity to dogs and might even have

The basics of mastery

(No) Thanks to social media, everyone and their yoga buddy seems bent on nailing some fanciful asana or its variations. “I’m working towards xx arm balance/ inversion/ funky something etc”. Today’s Power flow, Vinyasa and other themed classes are often planned around a peak pose, feeding the desire to glam

Knock knock. Who’s there really?

“Study thy self, discover the divine.” – Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, 2.44. In the 8 limbs of yoga, Pantanjali asks that we trust our true nature is what we are seeking for. The Sanskrit term, Svadhyaya, translates to “self-study”; “Sva” means “own” or “self”, and “adhyaya” means “learning” or “studying”.  Look within,

Take flight in Tittibhasana.

Tittibhasana (also known as the firefly pose) Pronunciation: Tit-tee-ba-sa-na Tittibhasana is an advanced arm balancing pose from the Ashtanga Intermediate Series involving strength, flexibility, balance and a whole lot of Tapas (aka determination). As intimidating as it looks, it is not impossible. I mean how many asanas and mind-blowing Yoga

Yoga, a life (or lives) long journey towards Enlightenment

Look around, yoga is everywhere, beyond asanas and mediation. It starts from your thoughts, an idea in your mind, which eventually forms an intention, translating to actions. Practicing yoga serves as a good reminder to all to be a better human, to be in harmony with yourself, others and connect with

The PMS (Physical, Mental and Spiritual of Yoga)

My impression of Yoga before attending this teacher training was that all Yoga is, is an advanced form of stretching. Which it is, and it is just what I need after many years of sitting around in the office. My body is physically tight all over, from head to toe.

In pursuit of pure speech

Clean lines. Minimalist designs. The de-clutter movement aka Marie Kondo.   We are living in times of unprecedented material prosperity, the likes of which our parents and grandparents could only dream of. Yet, for all the material abundance in our modern world, the widespread appeal of an orderly, pared-down-to-the-basics aesthetic

Meditations on Media Extravagancy

“Study broadly, inquire probingly, contemplate carefully, distinguish clearly, practice sincerely.” Confucius, The Doctrine of the Mean   Writings on the wall [1]   I don’t want to be dishonest here and overstate any benefits I’ve gained from classroom study of that assortment of badly translated aphorisms, temporally/ linguistically/ culturally mispositioned

Pranayama and Dealing with Tattoo Pain

     Random cool tattooed yogi [1] First world problems, I know. What with all the world’s best doctors and scientists hard at work developing links between yoga and its effectiveness for use in treatments of REAL pathologies, it’s granted that more inspired topics are to be regulated to the

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