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 we begin to realise that while we start to feel better physically, mentally, and emotionally, Yoga is actually about so much more than just that.
Through our practice we might slowly begin to wake up to the knowingness that there is something greater than just our ...
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 makes a thing that that it is. Yet, dharma is often translated as purpose, which is a word that carries a very different meaning in the western, capitalistic, result- and profit-oriented mind-set.
If we take an honest look at the ...
Pratyahara - Turning inwards of the senses
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 turn outwards again and enjoy the newness and freshness of spring, Yoga can help us to become more aware of how much we can let ourselves be carried away when we awaken to the world outside. ...
Through our practice on the mat we can explore how mindful we are of our bodies, movements and breath when moving in and out of asanas.
Do we pay attention to our bodies and breath and allow ourselves enough space to transition safely and with ease? Are we rushed to get out of one pose and into the next or do we keep the same strength and attention in the movements in between? Do we notice a difference in how an asana feels and how accessible a pose is if we move into it in a different way, e.g. not always going into a pose from down-dog or sequencing differently.