Yoga is not about the outward form of a pose, the asana. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali define “asana” as a position that, “is steady and comfortable”. Patanjali also mentions the ability to sit for extended periods of time as one of the eight limbs of his system. One of the stories Abhijata tells is ofContinue reading “#Yoga for #Mercury Retrograde.”
Settling down to planning yoga classes and workshops for the new term, and after attending the BKS Iyengar Centenary event in December, I hardly know where to start. I feel a bit lost! When I left for India in November, I was physically and mentally very low, but I knew that whatever the teaching was, itContinue reading “Yoga, a life and a death.”
These 5 simple steps will improve your yoga practice at home.
Satya is the Sanskrit word for truth. It also refers to a virtue, to being truthful in one’s thought, speech and action. In Yoga, satya is one of the five yamas. It is the virtuous restraint from falsehood and, crucially, the distortion of reality in one’s expressions and actions. A student recently asked me whyContinue reading “Praise in a #Yoga class: is it Satya?”
On a day when @united are being dragged over the hot coals of Twitter for enforcing their company’s dress code, #yoga teachers and students the world over are having a major wardrobe crisis. (Just put ‘yoga leggings’ into Twitter and you’ll see what I mean. It’s not tasteful, any of it.) As ever, #IyengarYoga has the answer.Continue reading “#Leggings or #Pune Pants?”
Knowledge of anatomy is helpful but not important to #Yoga. Knowledge of the self through the eight limbs is both the goal and the key. Otherwise it’s just another form of exercise & will never touch the soul. #Iyengar #Ashtanga