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Dharana is the sixth of the Eight Limbs of yoga and it means mental concentration.It is the first step towards meditation. The mind is focussed on an idea, an object, a chakra or a mantra. 38 more words


Understanding the Eight-limbs of Yoga

Understanding the Eight-limbs of Yoga

To practice yoga is to practice the art of creating a harmonic balance between the mind, body, and spirit.

If we break down and translate the name… 180 more words

Nourishing Mind

Coming home in a Hatha class (of all places!)

Further to my explorations in restorative yoga last night, I followed up the spirit of trying new things with a Hatha class today. OK, so for most people I imagine Hatha is the beginning, the vanilla yoga, the basic style from which they might then choose to diverge. 624 more words


Dal Mahkani with a dollop of Vairagya


And then I realized, this is exactly the virtue I have been avoiding cultivating, alongside the ever present diligence.

Every now and again, as we live out each day, (even in avoidance) we are forced to step outside of ourselves and view the greater picture.   1,487 more words

The spiritual import of Pranayama

By the time you have gotten to the point of practicing Pranayama regularly, you take your practice seriously. Pranayama is the end of the line of the physical practice. 407 more words


Light of the Soul, Yoga Sutras: 3: 9-14

Swami Vivekananada calls Book 3 of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras “the powers.” The reference is to the power of meditation and the higher realizations and siddhis that come with those higher states. 146 more words


Present: a meditation

We complete Step 2 and bring all the instruction together. It comes down to this: “Our insides create our outsides, and our outsides condition our insides.” 146 more words

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