Satya

Satya: Jonathan Gives A Lesson

What is Satya? Last time on Yoga Blog: We learned Ashtanga means “eight limbs” and yoga is not just moving and twisting. The first of those eight limbs is Yama and the first Yama is ahimsa. Which means non-harming. Feel free to reread the ahimsa post or read it for the first time. You could also find a copy of …

Mula Bandha - The Root Lock in Yoga

Root Lock in Yoga: What is Mula Bandha in Yoga Practice and in Life?

What Does it Mean to be Rooted? If you’ve practiced yoga for awhile then you’ve, no doubt, noticed that yoga practice and life cease to be two separate things. Yoga seeps into life and life seeps into yoga. And this is the intended direction. Practice should support both a more “ease-full” and stable life. Yoga practice on the mat is …

Rituals That Support Yoga Practice - Finding Balance

Finding a Balance: Maintaining and Letting Go of Rituals That Support Yoga Practice

The Rituals That Support Yoga Practice In maintaining a consistent Ashtanga asana practice over time, I’ve developed rituals around food, movement, relationships, media consumption, and sleep, that support practice. One of the first steps in forming rituals has been observing variation in the quality of breath, bandha, and concentration while practicing and formulating hypotheses about cause and effect. Every day …

ahimsa by patanjali

Ahimsa: Jonathan Gives a Lesson

Ahimsa and Ashtanga Yoga Ashtanga Yoga: one eighth asana (the positions we put the body in) and not necessarily series one through six. What? Clap, get up and dance. Yoga is not just an Indian workout. It’s a special way to live. We’ll get to asana, don’t worry, it’s number three of this eight branched path. Eight Limbs of Ashtanga …

Yoga alignment - explained by Alice

The Myth of Yoga Alignment: Where Are We Going in Yoga Practice?

“Would you tell me please, which way I ought to go from here?” asked Alice. “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to”, said the Cheshire Cat. How we go in yoga has, as the Cheshire Cat said, a lot to do with where we want to get to. We might just say that we want …

Breathing in Ashtanga - Jared in MariD

Breathing in Ashtanga – the Nexus Between the Physical and the Subtle

Breathing in Ashtanga Unites the Gross and the Subtle The integration of breath with movement unites the physical and subtler mental dimensions of the Ashtanga practice. Excess tension and the struggle to find balance or ground in postures often lead to difficulties in breathing. These difficulties include periods of holding the breath followed by labored breathing, tremulous breathing, and the …

Kung Fu Versus Yoga

Kung Fu Versus Yoga

A love of the different and the far away, a desire of “I want to be able to do that”, and a convenient location to the Sorcerer’s Tower — the tabletop gaming store I frequented — would find me in the “Hong Kong Action” section at the movie rental hotspot Groovy Movies A-Go-Go. Past the counter-culture magazines, past the more …

Science and Yoga…and Led Primary with Sharath

Science and Yoga: Where Do They Meet? Last week, I was fortunate to be able to attend the Science and Yoga Conference hosted by certified Ashtanga teacher Eddie Stern. The conference brought together eight brilliant minds who have been researching at the intersection between science and yoga. You can read through a list and bios of the speakers here. You can …

paradoxes of Ashtanga yoga

Paradoxes of Ashtanga Yoga

Oh what a word! Paradox. Google defined it for me as: “a seemingly absurd or self-contradictory statement or proposition that when investigated or explained may prove to be well founded or true” or Yoga in general. Into my tenth year of practicing Ashtanga I have come across the paradoxes of Ashtanga yoga many times. The most recent one being severe …