Yoga: The importance of stillness

Category : Asanas (Postures), General advice, Philosophy 9th September 2019

Inside Yoga 277 (9/9/2019) Yoga can be appear to be many things to many people with so many interpretations of what kind of yoga practice a person can practice creating a picture that can appear complex and confusing. In order to simplify the main objective of yoga there is one word – stillness. At the heart of any yoga practice […]

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Getting a home yoga practice going

Category : Asanas (Postures), General advice 22nd July 2019

Inside Yoga 276 (22/7/2019) As we approach the summer break when my weekly classes come to an end many of you will be thinking, I must practice at home a bit more, or even start practising at home. Developing a home practice is easier than you would think though it does require perseverance! Here are some tips on how to […]

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Mindfulness is yoga

Category : Asanas (Postures), General advice 3rd June 2019

Inside Yoga 270 (3/6/2019) Mindfulness is used so much in so many situations these days, with products everywhere claiming to be mindfulness “this or that”, there is a risk that mindfulness’s usefulness and importance is diluted and even missed. Leaving aside those products which simply use mindfulness as a sales gimmick, mindfulness itself is a simple approach to everything, and […]

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Obstacles to yoga practice

Category : Asanas (Postures), General advice, Philosophy 13th May 2019

Inside Yoga 268 (13/5/2019) We might think that the greatest obstacle to our yoga practice is our body, because we do not feel flexible enough or strong enough, but the biggest challenge to practice is our mind. In our yoga practice being flexible or strong enough is not a requirement of practice, nor is it the main goal of yoga, […]

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Practice, patience and perseverance

Category : Asanas (Postures), General advice, Philosophy 6th May 2019

Inside Yoga 267 (7/5/2019) WE are often told things take time, to which we nod knowingly but then we carry on being impatient and hurried. The original yoga sutras by Patanjali are clear: we need to maintain a yoga practice over time to perfect it. None of the instant guarantees we see advertised in our modern impatient world, but a […]

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Look up and see the wonder

Category : Asanas (Postures), General advice 29th April 2019

Inside Yoga 267 (29/4/2019) I was recently watching a BBC TV programme called Race Across the World and one of the participant travellers commented, “There is magic out there (in this world), you just have to look up from your smart phone to see it…” This comment says so much about how we can improve the quality of our experience. […]

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Why the rush?

Category : Asanas (Postures), General advice 22nd April 2019

Inside Yoga 266 (23/4/2019) Or, why children can remind us what timelessness feels like. It is simple, it is good for us, but we ignore it, we run roughshod over it, we carry on sure that where we are going is more important than where we are right now! I am writing about being present and aware of what is […]

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Do we need to get anywhere?

Category : Asanas (Postures), General advice, Philosophy 25th March 2019

Inside Yoga 265 (25/3/2019) One of the goals people set with their meditation, yoga, or similar practices is the wish to find a place that is happy, peaceful or simply perfect. Yet we soon learn that the practice teaches us not to go anywhere but to remove what we do not need in our life, leaving behind something that could […]

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Seeking perfection in practice

Category : Asanas (Postures), Philosophy 11th February 2019

Inside Yoga 260 (11/2/2019) In the source yoga texts written by Patanjali he describes what we seek through our practice of yoga asanas (physical exercises) in terms of two qualities: alertness and relaxation. The sutra (2.46) states that “asana must have the dual qualities of alertness and relaxation”, according to TKV Desikachar, or according to BKS Iyengar, “Asana is perfect […]

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How much time do we have?

Category : Asanas (Postures), General advice, Philosophy 14th January 2019

Inside Yoga 256 (14/1/2019) What is our relationship with time? Do we seek to control time? Do we need more time? Or do we want to slow or speed it up? Whatever our answers might be, time has always been beyond our grasp or control. Yet if we seek to improve the quality of our life we need to understand […]

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