Yoga and Yoga Therapy for Well Being

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CLEANLINESS IS NEXT TO GODLINESS – SAUCHA

On our journey through the Eight-Fold Path of Yoga we now move from looking at the Yamas to the Niyamas – the second limb of Yoga according to the teachings of Patanjali. And the first of these is Saucha – usually defined as  cleanliness and purification and protection of the energy that is around and Continue reading »

BRAHMACHARYA – CONSERVATION OF ENERGY ….

Brahmacharya, the fourth Yama, is about conservation of energy – including sexual energy, and as such was often the most unpopular Yama. It is about the diversion of energy towards yoga and spiritual growth.  In this day and age we can look at Brahmacharya in a much more wide sense. It is about drawing our Continue reading »

ASTEYA – NON-STEALING

As we continue on our journey through the 8 Limbs of Yoga we remind ourselves that the first limb is the Yamas which supports harmonious relationships with ourselves and others …. Simply put, Asteya, the third yama,  is non-stealing and also the concept of being content with what comes to us by honest means …. Continue reading »

SATYA ….TRUTH …

“The mind is compared to the surface of a lake ruffled by the wind. And thus the purpose of yoga is to cause the wind to subside and allow the waters to return to stillness. When the wind blows, the waves break and distort the reflections so that they can be seen only as a Continue reading »

What is yoga? Introducing the 8 Limbs …

Yoga practice brings us medium and long term rewards for the mind, body and soul.  It feels so much better to inhabit a looser, freer body than a contracted, tight, bound up one.  Yoga can yield a pretty instant “feel-good” effect and by integrating all parts that make up the self, yogis can sense a Continue reading »

APARIGRAHA – THE FINAL YAMA ….

Namaste Yogis! I have just returned from a glorious week’s holiday in the tropics giving me the opportunity to re-charge the batteries and take time to just “be” ….. something I find very difficult in this 24/7 life we lead.   At one point, whilst I was lying on my back on the ground under Continue reading »

SOFT AND YIELDING OR BRITTLE AND DRY?

“ The living are soft and yielding. The dead are rigid and stiff. Living plants are flexible and tender. The dead are brittle and dry. Those who are stiff and rigid are the disciples of death. Those who are soft and yielding are the disciples of life.  The rigid and stiff will be broken.  The Continue reading »