Yoga

Your Practice is Your Teacher
Your Practice is Your Teacher
Your own direct inner experience is your truth, not what some outer ‘guru’ tells you the truth is according to his or her interpretation. A recent workshop with a senior international Yoga teacher triggered me tremendously. Having practiced Yoga for over twenty years, I’ve always looked for a powerful guide…
Freedom of Spirit
Freedom of Spirit
“The ultimate goal of human life is liberation of the spirit, called moksha in Sanskrit, the realization of the pure self, beyond time, space and action” – David Frawley. “Yogah cittavritti nirodhah” means ‘Yoga is the stilling of the fluctuations of the mind’ –  Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. When the…
Fire Element
Fire Element
The interaction of the five elements of earth, water, fire, air and ether, however simple it may appear, often inspires a feeling of true mystery in me. The more I study the elements, the more I discover how multi-layered Samkhya philosophy actually is. In essence all the elements are present,…
True Self
True Self
“An important law of the mind is that whatever we focus our attention on that we tend to become. Whatever we give our greatest attention to in life is the Divinity we aspire to become. The danger in fixating on the neurotic psychological self is that we may end up…
Spanda of Yoga
Spanda of Yoga
Spanda is a Sanskrit term often used in Kashmir Shaivism, referred to as the flow of Shakti or ‘creative life-force’ and means ‘movement’ or ‘vibration’. Within the context of Samkhya, Spanda can be seen as the pulse that stirs Mula-Prakriti or ‘un-manifest potential’ into being.  All manifest forms in the…
Vinyasa Yoga
Vinyasa Yoga
“Vinyasa” is derived from the Sanskrit term “nyasa”, which means “to place” and the prefix “vi”, which means “in a special way”. We see Vinyasa in nature all around us, as night flows into day, day flows into night, following the cycle of the sun and the moon, the transition…
What is Yoga?
What is Yoga?
Yoga means “union”, derived from the Sanskrit root “yui” which means “to yoke” or “to join”. Yoga is a collection of physical, mental and spiritual practices that originated in India during the Vedic period, around 1500 BC and developed during the Sramana (aesthetic seeker) movement around 600 BC. There are…