This comes from the definition of yoga and shows that yoga practice originally did include meditation focus as a goal. Then we see that it is good to teach both yoga and meditation for beginners.
Yoga is a mind and body practice with historical origins in ancient Indian philosophy. Various styles of yoga combine physical postures, breathing techniques, and meditation or relaxation. Continue Reading >>
Mula bandha is called the root lock and is an important yoga practice. Mula Bandha is one of three major Bandhas, along with Uddiyana Bandha (upward lifting of the diaphragm) and Jalandhara Bandha (chin or throat lock).
Mula is a Sanskrit word meaning ‘Root, Origin, Essence’ like the root of a plant or tree. In yoga mula indicates the base of the torso, the perineum. Bandha means ‘lock’ and so we see Mula bandha is ‘the root lock’. Continue Reading >>
Many people practice yoga as a form of physical exercises — a series of asanas or postures used to gain health and fitness. They know that the purpose of yoga asanas and breathing techniques is to attain optimum health, to be in one’s best possible physical condition.
We use yoga to support our entire body and in doing so we reap its benefits: keeping us fit and alert but also things like helping to improve and maintain the body’s immune system. The immune system is one of the body’s best friends and yoga is a fantastic way for keeping it in shape, helping us to have an overall whole health in both body and mind. Continue Reading >>
Meditation is a method we use to silence the mind and gain peace, and it is especially useful in troubling times. Anytime is a good time to meditate and with only a few minutes (or more) we can calm the chatter, find peace and better our situation as we live our daily lives.
These days many people are trying meditation and, of these, many are starting to have a regular meditation practice. Despite the fact that it is popular you may still wonder, “Why should I meditate?” One of the best reasons to answer this is the fact that meditation can be used to cure difficulties.
When difficulties arise the best solution is to have a calm approach. Being centered and reasonable are a big plus in handling situations and staying calm can be the deciding factor in preventing a difficult situation from becoming unmanageable. Continue Reading >>
A lunge requires focus and attention but you don’t have to be able to do a handstand or advanced moves to enjoy the benefits of this yoga pose. It is appropriate for all levels of classes from pre-natal to advanced styles of yoga and is very good for runners because of its strong stretch in hamstrings and hip flexors. Continue Reading >>
In order to firm up the face and increase circulation we can do the yoga face exercises. Doing facial exercises is a natural way to strengthen your face muscles, reduce wrinkles and make your face look younger.
These are methods to stimulate your face and help it look and feel better. Continue Reading >>
Vinyasa Yoga is a sequence of poses that flows from one pose to the next seamlessly with a big focus on the breath. It is often called “flow yoga” and its flowing nature sometimes gets referred to as a dance.
Its postures are not in a set definition like some other yogas so vinyasa can vary a lot from one class to the next. Many teachers have their own set of postures and the focus is very much on the overall flow of the sequence along with on the breath. Continue Reading >>
The Golden Womb and the Cosmic Egg
Creation stories abound in all cultural and religious traditions, worldwide. Hinduism is rich in the mythology of beginnings, and stories range from the philosophical to the material. One of the earliest stories of how the universe came into being is found in the Rig Veda.
Hiranyagarbha is a Sanskrit term that translates to “golden embryo,” “golden womb” or “golden egg.” It is derived from the root words hiranya, meaning“golden” or “wealth,” and garbha, meaning “womb,” “germ/seed” or “essence.” It is also the name of the founder of the yoga tradition – predating even Patanjali, who authored the Yoga Sutras. Continue Reading >>