Yoga Class

When one attends a yoga class the teacher will give instructions on how to come in and out of the poses. The students will receive verbal explanations on what body parts to move and activate in order to do pose with correct muscular skeletal  alignment. Being visible to the instructor is important for appropriate feedback …

Happiness

One of the niyamas or “internal observances” that constitute the second limb of yoga is santosa a sanskrit word for happiness and contentment. Being optimistic and cheerful is key to success in yoga. If one feels dour or negative while doing a yoga pose, then coming out of the posture is recommended. By practicing yoga …

Moon

Since today is the full moon, let’s consider how the moon has been regarded  in yoga philosophy. In sanskrit the word for moon is candre. According the BKS Iyengar the moon represents  consciousness.  The waning and waxing of the lunar cycle are like the fluctuations of the mind.  The moon is a cool orb and …

Headstand

According the BKS Iyengar  headstand is the king of all āsanas. When done correctly the pose has many health benefits. To achieve proper alignment in the pose one must have flexibility in the shoulders and upper back. In this variation of headstand the finger webbing of each hand interlocks to form a cup. The back …

Half Moon

Today is March 21, 2021 and in honor of the moon phase being in the first quarter, today’s topic is half moon pose.  See how both legs are straight and the trunk is turning skyward. This is a cooling pose and according the BKS Iyengar the pose resembles the half moon.  In sanskrit the pose …

8 Petals

Yoga has 8 stages . Theses steps are not linear. The term petal is more suited to describe the 8 parts. Social Observances: Non-violence, honesty, non-stealing, continence, and non-hoarding Personal Observances: cleanliness, contentment, austerity, self-study, and surrender. Physical Postures Breath Expansion Withdrawal of the Senses Concentration Meditation Complete Absorption

Time

Time is a concept created by the human mind. We live in the present moment although the mind fluctuates between ideas of the past and future. How can we stabilize the consciousness and exist only in the eternal now? With the practice of yoga we can become observers to change with each moment.