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Yoga Blog

Yoga musings and other personal meanderings. Reflections through the lens of my heart to yours. The intention of this Yoga blog is to educate and inspire you. The way we change the world is to change our self. This inner transformation comes from deeper self reflection and self knowledge. Yoga is the science of Self. 

Subtle Wisdom of Body

Our theme this week is ‘deep listening to the subtle wisdom of our body’. Sensing the intimate relationship between our body and emotions. Feeling which

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Courage

‘Virya’ is a Sanskrit term that refers to Courage. Longterm, committed Yoga practice is not exactly as glamorous as seen in glossy social media posts.

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Samkhya Yoga Ayurveda

Samkhya and the Roots of Yoga

Samkhya is the foundation philosophy of Yoga and Ayurveda. Rooted in the knowledge of the Upanishads (800BC), the concepts of Samkhya are explored in many ancient Yoga texts, including the Bhagavad Gita (400BC) and the Yoga Sutras (250BC). Samkhya philosophy developed around 600BC.

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Love or Fear?

One truth is for sure, every physical form is impermanent. We are alive in an emotionally tumultuous, unpredictable and chaotic time, forcing us to face our fears. and inspiring us to tune deeper into the natural flow of life. to surf the cosmic waves as they rise and fall. to dance the frequency of authentic rhythms. to let go and trust.

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Psoas Soul Muscle

Liz Koch, a progressive body therapist, whom has done extensive research on the psoas, sees the psoas as the primal messenger of the central nervous system. She believes the psoas is more than just a muscle, it is intimately connected to our Autonomic Nervous System and our survival instinct, connected to our fight or flight response.

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Trauma Triggers

Ever since I can remember I tried to make my mother happy. I thought it was my fault that she is so angry and so sad. Although it was not her intention, she passed her survival stress on to me. During birth I sensed her fear, during childhood my nervous system shaped around her anxiety, by the time I evolved into adolescence I was a carbon copy of her turbulent insecurity.

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Natural Rhythm

When you think a bit about what people really want to do with their time, you find they like to make rhythms. They listen to music, they dance, they sing or do something of a rhythmic nature. Given the chance, everybody wants to spend their time swinging.

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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. In all honesty there is no such thing as an outer being that can give you inner clarity. Ultimately the practice itself is our only real teacher.

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Spacious Expansion

Nature’s cycle of creativity has come full circle for me, stimulating this imploding impulse to exuviate the next layer of limiting self-beliefs and surrender to the river of life in its raw essence, unbounded and free. Turbulent, stripped of societal norms, beyond ideas of right or wrong.

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Freedom of Spirit

The more I encounter inner blockages and outer obstacles, the more I see how Yoga is about inner peace, not outer physical achievement. A fit body and worldly success is of no use to me if my mind is not silent. A fleeting moment of calm after a strong asana practice is not the same as sustained meditation in every moment of ordinary life.

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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, to varying degrees, in every physical appearance, including our own bodies and minds.

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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. Discover your greater Self in all of nature, in the plants, rocks and animals, in the clouds, stars, galaxies and beyond.

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Pulse of Spanda

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.

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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 of the seasons, the rise and fall of the ocean tides.

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What is Yoga?

Yoga means “union”, derived from the Sanskrit root “yui” which means “to yoke” or “to join”. Yoga is a collection of spiritual practices designed to unite our body, mind and breath for self-realisation. Yoga originated in India during the Vedic period, around 1500 BC.

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Raw Spiritual Ecstacy

Ecstasy, how much I loved to dance your vibrant juices, from sunset to sunrise, my body, mind and soul surrendered to your delicious pulse, sensually swaying my goddess essence on the fertile earth of your exotic trance temples, pouring my life force into your fires, praying for one more deep bass line to take me beyond.

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