By Charu Ramesh Have you ever wondered why Yoga poses have such esoteric names? Why should it be Hanumanasana and not just the splits? What is the value addition in calling a low lunge Anjaneyasana? And why can’t it be a simple forward bend rather than Paschimottanasana? It all comes back to the purpose of … Continue reading Yoga Stories
by Vaishali Iyer This is the third and final in my series of posts on yin yoga. In this last post, I want to talk about how yin yoga helps us access the body’s natural healing capabilities. We have already seen how yin yoga is a way of consciously re-entering the natural cycles of life; … Continue reading Why Yin? (Part III)
BY VAISHALI IYER This is the second in a series of posts about the magic of yin yoga. In my first post, I spoke of the way yin practice helps us slow down and enter a different sense of time as we feel the body more and more deeply. Giving ourselves this ‘yin time’ clears … Continue reading Why Yin? (Part II)
Join us for an asana class inspired by stories and figures from Indian mythology. In these sessions, we will hear tales of the sages, gods and goddesses after whom many yoga asanas are named. We will explore how these beings help, guide and inspire our yoga practice. In our first session, we will learn from … Continue reading Yoga Stories
by Vaishali Iyer Lately I’ve been teaching more yin yoga – and reflecting on the amazing benefits that a regular yin practice can bring. While most of us are probably familiar with active (“yang”) forms of yoga, yin yoga is still somewhat unknown, somewhat in the shadows of the yoga world. The world of yin … Continue reading Why Yin?
by Vaishali Iyer This month I’m co-teaching a course on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. In preparation, I’ve been exploring some of the text’s key themes in my regular weekly classes. I’ve taught about staying focused and stilling the mind through somatic awareness (citta vritti nirodha); learning to honour the truth (satya) of your body and your … Continue reading Practising with Integrity: Thoughts on Sthira-Sukham Asanam