niyamas

Continuing with the Niyamas, the second ethical branch of Yoga, help us to understand the beneficial and thoughtful way to relate to ourselves inwardly (read here if you missed the first). The first Niyama, sauca, is the tenet of cleanliness in both the inner and outer sense.  Beyond physical cleanliness, it extends to one’s actions, thoughts, and intentions so that …

yamas

Rising out Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra are eight limbs which define Yoga.  Two of those limbs are the Yamas and the Niyamas.  Ensconced within them is the ethical foundation of a Yogic lifestyle, principles of guidance and wisdom.  They propel us to aspire to wholesome and moral concern for ourselves and all humanity.  As a practitioner of Yoga, embracing these limbs …

philosophy of yoga

The philosophy of Yoga aims to create a wholesome union between body, mind, and spirit.  This is done through creating equanimity and balance, and connecting purposefully to all of creation.  This art of right living was perfected and practiced in India a few thousand years ago.  The fundamentals of Yoga philosophy were penned by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutra between …

hatha yoga: what is it?

Hatha Yoga was developed by Yogi Swatmarama, a Hindu sage of 15th century India.  He compiled a work called Hatha Yoga Pradipika, or Light on Yoga, which is the manual of this particular type of Yoga. Known as the “Yoga of force”, this type of Yoga utilizes asanas, pranayama (breathing practices), pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses), mudras, bandhas, chakras, and …

windows into yoga

Yoga is a holistic system of practice that is over thousands of years old.  I discovered Yoga  six and a half years ago and during that time I have come to understand the power of Yoga in the ways that it affects the mind, body, and soul.  I personally have experienced nothing short of life-changing moments by having a Yogic …