Perhaps the most famous words ever written about yoga are in the second sutra of Patanjali: yoga is the cessation of the fluctuation [...]
In the last century, asana became very popular in the west under the general name “yoga”. Teachers such as BKS Iyengar and Pathabi [...]
Even those of us who have been practicing for a while can attest that meditating can be very challenging. Whether we end up checking out by getting sleepy, or by getting agitated or indulging in fantasies, our normal reaction is to run away from the simple experience of being in the present moment.
As I have been circling the globe on my personal journey, I have had the pleasure of attending classes with many graduates of my past trainings, and I have been consistently moved to tears. Here's what I've learned.....
Whether we do it on the yoga mat, the meditation cushion, or in our daily work and interactions with, being able to see the ways in which our rigid opinions and attitudes are making life more difficult for ourselves and everyone, is the necessary prerequisite for beginning to cultivate peace in our minds and in the world.
Over many years of study and practice in yoga and other forms of movement, I have observed eight internal actions that help every body in every posture and movement achieve greater stability, mobility and ease. I have organized these into four pairs of oppositional actions, such that the two actions in each pair balance each other out.