Sharp Words

“The attitude of gratitude is the highest yoga”
Yogi Bhajan

 

Sharp Words

“The attitude of gratitude is the highest yoga”
Yogi Bhajan

 

Yoga Sutras for Modern Life. Third Limb: Asana

Yoga Sutras for Modern Life. Third Limb: Asana

Here we are onto the third episode of my mini series dedicated to the Eight Limbs of Yoga according to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. The first two limbs were the code of conducts: Yamas and Niyamas. The third limb or stage of yoga is called Asana. Asana is the...

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5 yoga-inspired tips to reset this winter

5 yoga-inspired tips to reset this winter

Every once in a while, we all need to hit reset. If only it was as easy as hitting a simple button to instantly feel refreshed and renewed. At this time of the year, I always feel tired and deflated, and the cold days and lack of light don’t help either. Below are...

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How to balance strength and flexibility in yoga

How to balance strength and flexibility in yoga

It is a popular misconception to assume that people who are flexible are lacking in strength and vice versa. When it comes to yoga, you can use your flexibility to raise your strength, and your strength to work on your flexibility. The beauty of yoga lies in the fact...

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Yoga Sutras for modern life. Second limb: Niyamas

Yoga Sutras for modern life. Second limb: Niyamas

Back in June we explored the five key Yamas, defined as principles or self-ethical virtues that need to be practiced on the path of yoga, as they are brought to us by the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. This immensely important yoga text was written over 2,000 years ago, so...

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What does it mean to surrender in yoga?

What does it mean to surrender in yoga?

Last month we discussed the value of setting an intention before a yoga practice, and carrying it with us throughout our day. In this article, we are going to explore the importance of surrender. In a way, surrender seems the opposite of setting an intention, but it’s...

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Yoga Sutras for Modern Life. First Limb: Yamas

Yoga Sutras for Modern Life. First Limb: Yamas

This month I would like to go back to a theme I briefly touched in a blog post in March – the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. This is a monumental text in yoga tradition, so often cited and so often misunderstood. It promises a healthy mind, healthy body, wisdom, and the...

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5 Teachings to Nurture Happiness from Thich Nhat Hanh

5 Teachings to Nurture Happiness from Thich Nhat Hanh

Thich Nhat Hanh is an expatriate Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk, teacher, author, and peace activist revered around the world for his pioneering teachings on mindfulness, global ethics and peace. In the 1960s, he advocated for peace during the Vietnam war, created...

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The Festival of Holi. A celebration of life and colours

The Festival of Holi. A celebration of life and colours

On 28th and 29th March Hindus all around the world marked the 2021 Festival of Holi, an amazingly colourful celebration of spring, love and new life. Even though it may have looked a bit different this year, the Festival of Holi is a spectacular way to welcome the...

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What can we learn from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali?

What can we learn from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali?

Yoga is not only physical exercise. A big part of this ancient practice is spiritual and philosophical. Yoga philosophy is deeply woven into ancient Indian thought and ‘Yoga’ is in fact, the name of an ancient Indian school of philosophy. One of the most important...

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