July 12, 2015

 

Withdrawal of the senses takes awareness away from external distractions such as sounds and sights. Pratyahara allows us to lose the chitta vritti (fluctuating waves of the mind) and asmita teaching us to just ‘be’ without judgement and fear.

 

We are given a moment of self reflection and can honestly assess how we can start the healin...

June 30, 2015

Energetically, those suffering eating disorders or low self-esteem suffer a distinct lack of energy in the lower 3 chakras.

 

Muladhara is the root chakra providing our connection to the Earth (body) and our energetic centre of proprioception; feeling in the physical body. To re-energise this centre we use rooting, standing asanas to es...

June 26, 2015

Literally means ‘to stretch that which is everywhere’. These breathing exercises consciously control the prana within.

 

Lengthening the inhalation increases the prana absorbed. Directing prana via certain currents (vayus) through the body clears energetic blockages (samskaras and granthis). Thus kundalini shakti can travel uninhibited...

June 24, 2015

Other benefits of asana include the rebuilding of weakened muscle tissue and organs. By gaining flexibility we loosen our muscles allowing more space for nutrients, oxygen and prana to be stored.

 

Stretching our muscles creates a pulling motion on the tissues connected to the bones causing them to grow allowing increased amounts of cal...

June 17, 2015

According to yoga the key cause of suffering ‘dukkha’ are the kleshas which feed the illusion of disconnectedness.

 

‘The pain-bearing obstacles are ignorance, egoism, attachment, aversion and clinging to life’

Yoga sutras 2.2 Patanjali

 

Kleshas cause a vicious cycle of pain:

  • Ignorance (avidya): anorexics ignore the bodily need for nou...

June 10, 2015

All experiences leave an energetic trace named ‘samskara’ like a mental scar determining our future actions (karma). Let these samskara settle and build up and they can become emotional knots ‘granthis’ which block our whole esoteric system and cause numerous psychological conflicts. Most people who suffer body image disorders, low se...

June 9, 2015

Self-disciplines; how we should act to ourselves.

 

Saucha: purity.

We are what we absorb. The protein, minerals and vitamins we eat literally become the building blocks of who we are. Learning how to eat a pure, wholegrain diet can be of great benefit to everyone. Food is medicinal in itself. Ayurveda (Indian medicine) and Yoga itself p...

June 6, 2015

Ashtanga; Yama (1st)

 

Universal rules of conduct; how we should behave toward one another (including ourselves) for optimal universal happiness. We are all linked by an inner divinity or atman and we share this planet so our individual actions affect everyone universally.

  • Ahimsa is non-violence.

    Food is nourishment and provides ou...

June 1, 2015

Yoga; Bliss.

 

We write so much about descending; diving deep within, letting go, getting grounded and sinking into the soul. In return, there is a balance. As you descend your consciousness, you soul, spirit or subsconciousness begins to ascend; to rise, to float and to become more accessible.

 

Yoga is the path to ascension. The more we...

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