Yoga Articles

The Significance of Namaste

What does “Namaste” mean? This is usually the final “formality” before the closure of a yoga class and I have always wanted to know more about the significance of the gesture. The gesture (or mudra) of Namaste (anjali mudra) is a simple act made by bringing together both palms of the hands before

Raja Yoga – Tames the mind

“Mind over body”… We hear it everyday. At work, in the gym, in school and even words from our very successful leaders around the world. It’s true that if you have a strong mind, your body usually listens to it and you’re able to cross through many boundaries that your

Chakrasana

Chakrasana in Sanskrit, is also known as The Wheel. It takes its name because upon completion of this posture, it resembles a full circle of semi circle. This pose opens up the chest by opening the thoracic region on the upper back. At the same time, it strengthens the gluteus

Surya Namaskar – An Everyday Affair

Before I started writing this article, I did a quick search on the main search engines on internet by typing “Surya Namaskar”. Needless to say, the results were overwhelming. Zooming into different sites, the interpretation and benefits of this favourite sequence of asanas are different. I decided then to write

“HypnoBirthing” or natural birth, not so far from yoga…

Giving birth is something women have been doing for centuries but it seems, today, we have forgotten how to do it. With our modern lives, where everything is fast and easy to get, we forget the most simple and natural things. We want to decide the sex, the date and

Experiencing meditation

Meditation is very hard to explain, it’s like trying to explain a color to a blind person. We try to empty our mind and try very hard not to think about anything but we still have little voices chitchatting in the back of our head, “am I not thinking anymore?

Uddiyana Bandha

The Sanskrit word uddiyana means “to rise up” or “to fly upwards”, it is often translated as the stomach lift. Another meaning is that the physical lock helps to direct the prana into sushumna nadi so that it flows upward to sahasrara chakra (crown of the head). The first time

Garbha Pindasana

An embryo in a womb would not feel as hopelessly trapped as I did. This is one of those asanas that get you stuck, literally, at step three. Step one: Fold the legs into Padmasana. Rotate the femur until the knee points down to the floor, and the soles and

Opening mantra Asatomaa

Opening Mantra 1 : Asatomaa This is the first part of the opening mantra we recite before our practice. After you are familiar with the words, let’s recite wholeheartedly with sincerity. The mantra is part of the pavamana prayer, which is the closing chant of chapter 3 in the Brihadaranyaka

Parivritta Parsvakonasana

Keep the back heel on the ground. This simple instruction adds an incredible layer of complexity to the twist in Parivritta Parsvakonasana. The pose looks almost benign at first sight, with both legs and one arm as the supporting pillars of balance. It is more challenging than a simple spinal

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