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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

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