The most basic and traditional form of yoga is known as Hatha Yoga. Hatha is loosely translated as “ha” meaning “sun” and “tha” meaning “moon” and its focus is in uniting opposites in harmony and creating balance. The masculine and feminine aspects reside within us all, and they are often represented by the sun and the moon.
An inversion is an asana or yoga pose where the head is ultimately situated below the heart.
There are many inversion poses. The Shoulder Stand, Headstand and Handstand are first likely to come to mind when one thinks ‘inversions.’ Fear may hold many people back from trying inversions because going upside down does not come naturally to most people and the road to a perfectly balanced inversion pose is usually with a few falls along the way.
The number 108 has long been considered a sacred number, not only in yoga but in many spiritual traditions around the world. But what is the significance of 108? Why is it recurring in so many places?
Samskara, as with most Sanskrit words, has several context driven meanings in Indian philosophy. Some of its loose translations include “mental impression,” “psychological imprint,” “recollection” and “activator.” All these definitions help us understand its reference to a deep conditioning that, in part, is caused by past actions and, in part, is responsible for future actions, much like a broken record stuck in a groove that repeats the same tune. Samskara is what we are referring to when we say we are “repeating the same pattern.”
Sankalpa refers to the yogic intention or resolution, which in yoga is considered to be a very powerful force and a very important step to successfully reaching our goals.
This phrase can be interpreted in many ways, and together these perspectives form a kaleidoscopic view of your life and place in the world. The kaleidoscope offers a colourful, enchanting window into a vision that seems bathed in synergy and harmony. Yet the astonishing thing about it is that it’s created through symmetrical fragmentation in the apparatus of the optical instrument.
Chakra literally means “wheel” in the ancient language of Sanskrit. Chakras are energy centres located within the body, and consist of spirals that combine spiritual energy and psychophysical energy. Each one influences and is influenced by all the different aspects of our being: body, mind, emotion, energy, and breath.
Given all the conditioning we are subjected to, telling us of all the duties we must perform and all the reasons why we cannot take time out for ourselves, perhaps it is time we actually look at the reasons why we should take time out to go on a yoga retreat.
Ever wondered what it would be like to see your spiritual growth on paper? A meditation journal does just that. Memory alone can’t possibly process and package all the deep transformations you undergo when you take on meditation as a lifestyle commitment...
Create a sacred space at home where you can find your inner peace, motivation for your practice and perfect balance.
A sacred space is a focal point for your yoga practice and any spiritual practice. It is a space you begin to associate with your internal journey through life and beyond. Having a sacred space at home can serve you and your practice in several ways : ...