Meditation is often thought of as a practice more suited to people interested in spirituality, who are somewhat detached from worldly life. Many spiritual texts speak of it being essential to realizing God or our true nature. It brings to mind monks and monasteries, renunciation and seclusion, quiet places and an unmoving body. In all … Continue reading Sitting With Your Life
Breathing is one of the central elements of yoga practice. It is also one of the easiest yoga teachings to bring “off the mat” and into daily life. In this final post of the year, I’d like to share some thoughts and practices that might help you weather any end-of-year stresses with more ease. Firstly, … Continue reading Take a Deep Breath…
Your right is to work only, but never to the fruit thereof. Never consider yourself to be bringing about the results of your actions, nor be attached to inaction. (Bhagavad Gita 2.47) This is one of the most famous verses of the Bhagavad Gita and captures the essence of karma yoga, or the path of action. … Continue reading How, then, should we act?
One of the things that makes yoga is special is the way it ends. Most, if not all sessions close with a few minutes of total rest, lying on our backs with the arms and legs out, in the posture known as shavasana. I happily confess that it is one of my favourite poses. But … Continue reading It’s All About Shavasana
By Charu Ramesh धर्मे चार्थे च कामे च मोक्षे च भरतर्षभ । यदि इहस्ति तदन्यत्र यन नेहस्ति न तद् क्वचित् ॥ O King, that which is found here [in The Mahabharata] on dharma (righteousness), artha (wealth), kama (desire) and moksha (salvation), can be found elsewhere; but if it is not here, it cannot be found anywhere … Continue reading The Path of Life
by Vaishali Iyer The eight limbs of yoga described in Patanjali's Yoga Sutras are often taught as a step-by-step ascent, or a process of deepening interiorization which culminates with samadhi in formal sitting meditation. Many times we approach this framework sequentially, beginning with our action in the world, moving through asana and pranayama and only … Continue reading Dharana & Dhyana: A Somatic Perspective
By Charu Ramesh When I ask you to listen and you start giving advice, you have not done what I have asked. When I ask you to listen and you start telling me why I shouldn't feel the way I do, you are invalidating my feelings. When I ask you to listen and you start trying … Continue reading On Listening