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Dharana: training the brain to concentrate

In my monthly look at  Patanjali’s eight limbs of yoga, we’re drawing towards the last few now. The three remaining are internally-focused and build towards what can be seen as the ultimate goal of yoga. 616 more words


Finding one's Asana

Asana means an easy posture. Something that your body can hold without pain or strain for extended durations. yOga AsanAs are specifically suited for helping you realise your unity with the divine. 133 more words

Ancient Indians

Practice: 4 Parts of The Breath

As I mentioned in last week’s post, it is the amount of focus we bring to the transitions we make within a yoga practice that determine how ‘in the zone’ we can become on the mat. 955 more words

Can Westerners Ever Really Practice Yoga?

I had an interesting and somewhat unsettling experience last week when I posted a question online asking yoga teachers and practitioners to help me tease out the difference between the sixth and seventh limbs of yoga. 1,195 more words

Life Journey

A Basic Meditation Lesson

Some weeks ago on the Diane Rehm Show on NPR, I heard a famous Buddhist monk talking about the benefits of meditation. I was all ears, naturally. 1,337 more words


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