sutra 3.7: less of this world

Sutra 3.7: trayam antar angam purvebhyah These three are inner spiritual practices compared to the other five already described – viz., discipline, observances, posture, exercise of the life-force, and introversion of attention. Translation and interpretation by Swami Venkatesananda The process of yoga takes us from an experience of the world shaped by boundaries and identities…

monthly INfrastructure: december 2014

December 2014 2014 Flow (A set sequence bringing in all the poses from 2014!) December 1-7 Sutra 3.7 These three (dharana, dhyana, samadhi) are more internal than the preceding five limbs (niyama, yama, asana, pranayama, pratyhara). Carrera December 8-14 Sutra 3.8 But even these three are external to that enlightenment in which the very seed…

gifts for yogis

You guys, there’s only three weeks left before the start of Hanukkah and one month to go before Christmas! The holidays are officially here and we’ve compiled an edit of the best yogi-friendly gifts to make present picking a cinch… (From top left) 1. A spot on our Mayan Yoga Retreat in Holbox Mexico Sun,…

sutra 3.6: eureka, then what?

Sutra 3.6: tasya bhumisu viniyogah This vision (or the eye of intuition, or the eye of wisdom, or the inner light) can be directed to many fields of observation. Translation and interpretation by Swami Venkatesananda It is to be used to discover higher and higher planes of being. Translation by Kofi Busia Its progression is gradual.…

sutra 3.5: eureka

Sutra 3.5: tad jayat prajna lokah When such inner discipline is mastered, there arises the vision that is wisdom. Translation and interpretation by Swami Venkatesananda Through mastery of that [practice of constraint] [there ensues] the flashing-forth of transcendental-insight. Translation by Georg Feuerstein. Samyama is a process of bringing “eureka!” moments, both big and small, into your…

sutras 3.4: yoga in your life

Sutra 3.4: trayam ekatra samyama When these three happen together, there is perfect inner discipline. This can happen during what is commonly known as the practice of meditation, and during any other form of physical or mental activity. Translation and interpretation by Swami Venkatesananda Samadhi is defined as meditative absorption (Feuerstein), illumination through pure choiceless awareness…

sutras 3.3: what is samadhi?

Sutra 3.3: tad eva artha matra nirbhasam svarupa shunyam iva samadhih When the field of observation and the observing intelligence merge as if their own form is abolished and the total intelligence shines as the sole substance or reality, there is pure choiceless awareness without the divided identity of the observer and the observed –…

paschimottanasana

how to do paschimottanasana: hips

Paschimottanasana is our pose of the month for November. This seated forward fold produces a calming effect so it’s normally practiced in the cool-down portion of a class. Besides providing a delicious stretch for the entire backside of the body it is also thought to help improve digestion and rebalance hormones in female practitioners. Common Misalignment:…

monthly INfrastructure: november asana

November 2014 Paschimottanasana / Intense Stretch of the West Pose (Seated forward bend) November 3-9 Hip Flexion Sutra 3.3 When the field of observation and the observing intelligence merge as if their own form is abolished and the total intelligence shines as the sole substance or reality, there is pure choiceless awareness without the divided…