Remember to breathe!

Category : Asanas (Postures), General advice 29th April 2011

Inside Yoga 35 (29/4/2011) In TKV Desikachar’s book Heart of Yoga he states that “yoga is as much a practice involving breath as it is involving the body. The quality of our breath is extremely important because it expresses our inner feelings… The breath is the link between the inner and outer body. It is only by bringing body, breath […]

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Inside Yoga 28

Category : Asanas (Postures), General advice 14th March 2011

(First published 20/1/10) During some of my recent classes I asked you to perform some exercises called bandhas. These were used to control the flow of your breath and also hold the breath in a particular posture. So below you will find an explanation of bandhas. The literal translation of Bandha means: joining together, fettering or catching hold of, to […]

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Inside Yoga 26

Category : Asanas (Postures), General advice 12th March 2011

(First published 27/10/09) “A major part of the art and skill in yoga lies in sensing just how far to move into a stretch,” writes American yoga teacher, Erich Schiffmann, in his book, Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving into Stillness. The skill comes in knowing the middle path, the line that falls between “not enough and too much”. […]

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Inside Yoga 23

Category : Asanas (Postures), General advice 7th March 2011

(First published 6/9/09) “The practice of asanas and pranayama is not only the most effective, but also the most natural therapy for stress,” says yoga master BKS Iyengar. Stress has been with us since the beginning of civilisation. Our ancestors might have had different pressures and worries to deal with, but the inner turmoil they experienced would have been the […]

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Inside Yoga 20

Category : Asanas (Postures), General advice 6th March 2011

(First posted 9/4/2009) Do you know your tadasana from your gomukhasana? All yoga postures have a name which is written in Sanskrit, the ancient language from India, so to help you know your paschimottanasana from your marichyasana, this chapter of Inside Yoga translates a host of yoga asanas for you. Sanskrit words are often written as one word, so that […]

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Inside Yoga 17

Category : Asanas (Postures), Philosophy 3rd March 2011

(First posted 17/1/09) One of the most important principles of a yoga practice, and specifically, asana yoga practice, is the teaching of “sthira” and “sukha”. In the foremost yoga text, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, he describes an asana (yoga posture) as having two important qualities: sthira and sukha. Sthira is steadiness and alertness. Sukha refers to the ability to remain comfortable […]

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Inside Yoga 14

Category : Asanas (Postures), General advice, Philosophy 2nd March 2011

(First published 10/11/2008) The body is mentioned frequently in yoga, in relation to the breath, and in relation to the mind. There is a vast selection of postures available in yoga, from gentle resting positions to complicated athletic positions that seem impossible to get into. But is it all about the body? It is possibly not surprising to discover that […]

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Inside Yoga 13

Category : Asanas (Postures), General advice 1st March 2011

(First published 4/10/2008) At times our lives can be busy and even chaotic, while at other times, a sense of quiet and peace can envelop us – albeit it briefly. Yoga teaches us how to tap into that sense of stillness and peace on command and to switch off the chaos. This might not be easily done, but this is […]

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Inside Yoga 12

Category : Asanas (Postures), General advice 1st March 2011

(First published 30/08/2008) In yoga one of the most important keys that will unlock your understanding of this practice is the breath. In  “Hathayoga Pradipika”,  a practical treatise on yoga, the author stresses importance of breath by saying that “if the mind is the king of the senses, the master of the mind is the breath”. When we practice yoga […]

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Inside Yoga 11

Category : Asanas (Postures), General advice 1st March 2011

(First published 28/7/2008) Over the last few months I have introduced hatha yoga and its eight limbs or parts, with the aim of presenting an overview of yoga and hatha yoga. In the next chapters I intend to focus on various parts of yoga:  returning in this chapter to hatha yoga’s third limb – asana (yoga postures). Classic yoga asanas […]

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