December: Aparigraha

Aparigraha – Non-possesiveness Aparigraha, the practice of non-possessiveness, non-accumulation, or non-attachment is a part of the Yamas, the first limb of the eightfold path of Yoga (Ashtanga Yoga). Each of the limbs offer us the necessary tools to still the mind and become more and more established in our true nature. Now, the question may arise what a calm mind and…

November: Satya

Satya – Truth The spiritual practice of Yoga is a journey of self-inquiry and anyone embarking on this journey will eventually be faced with the necessity of getting honest; honest with themselves and others about who they really are. This means that early on in our Yoga practice we are asked to cultivate the quality of truth, or Satya. As…

October: Santosha

Santosha – Contentment Yoga does not just happen on the mat. In fact, the eightfold path of Yoga as laid out by the sage Patanjali describes two steps before going into the actual practice of asanas (body postures) and pranayama (breathing techniques) and then moving on from there. These first two limbs, pre-asana, are all about our attitudes that guide…

September: Guru

Guru – The one who dispels the darkness To understand the meaning and the importance of a guru, we can first look at the word itself. In Sanskrit the syllable gu means ‘darkness’ and ru stand for ‘dispeller’. Therefore, the word itself would mean “a dispeller of darkness”, which already explains what a guru and his (or her) role is….

August: Kula

Kula – Community The path of Yoga is a journey of returning to our natural sense of unity and therefore to wholeness. We learn that the greatest separation to overcome is the one within ourselves and our yoga practice becomes a tool to conquer exactly that. We become aware of feelings and sensations we might have been cut off from…

July: Klesha

Yoga is a journey of transforming pain and reducing suffering. Suffering, Klesha in Sanskrit, which is also sometimes translated as affliction, is caused by the illusion of separation; the illusion that we are separate from one another and from life. This separation begins within ourselves when we cut ourselves off from our own feelings, our needs and dreams, our own…

June: Karma

by Carina Hilmar Many of us come to yoga because we are searching. We might be looking for greater physical well-being, for more relaxation in our busy lives or for a way to calm our mind. Sometimes we simply feel a sense of seeking within us, without knowing exactly what we are searching for. At some point in our practice…

May: Dharma

The notion of dharma, a fundamental concept in the yogic philosophy, recognizes that every form of life possesses an inherent reason for its existence. The root of the word dharma, “dhri”, which means to hold up, support, or bear, reveals that Dharma has to do with support from within. Dharma is the essence of a thing; it is that, which…

April: Pratyahara

“The days are getting longer, the sun is finally coming out to play and the first flowers are blooming. So when the world is awakening from its long winter sleep, why do we choose to focus on the practice of “Pratyahra – Turning inwards of the senses” this month? Especially during a time where all our senses naturally want to…

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