let the yoga happen

Sutra 2.26: The means of attaining cessation is the unceasing vision of discernment. Translation by Georg Feuerstein * “cessation” here refers to meditation (stilling the mind) What happens when the mind quiets completely in meditation? YOGA. What’s one way to get there? Practice Yoga in Action You can practice kriya yoga or “yoga in action”:…

more than should

Photo by designecologist. Sutra 2.32: In the light of intelligence illumining the life-style, arise the following observances: purity of body, mind and environment, contentment, psychic fire that simplifies life and purifies the heart, self-study or constant vigilance, and surrender to or worship of the indwelling omnipresence. Translation and interpretation by Swami Venkatesananda Earlier this year when I…

yes you can

Sutra 2.33: When presented with disquieting thoughts or feelings, cultivate an opposite, elevated attitude. This is pratipaksha bhavana. Interpretation by Nischala Joy Devi Pratipaksha bhavana is a practice of internal change. The way it’s written in the sutras, the instruction may sound a little flippant. Don’t like what you’re thinking? Well just change it then! Um,…

just add yoga

Sutra 3.9: The state of restraint, nirodha, is when there is disappearance of outgoing [i.e., worldly] samskaras and the appearance of restraining samskaras. These emerge in the mind at the moment of restratint. Translation by Edwin Bryant What does it take to become a yogi? The most salient advice on this that I ever received…

how to ask for help letting go

Photo by Remi Walle on Unsplash This month we’re learning about ishvara pranidhana One translation for that is “surrender to that which is beyond the intellect”. (Another is “just let it go”.) Maybe that sounds great. You’d love to do that! You know there’s stuff you’re hung up on that you could really stand to just let…

monthly focus: december flow 2018

216 Monthly INfrastructure December 2018 2018 December Flow Philosophy Focus: Ishvara Pranidhana – surrender to that which is beyond the intellect Each December, we practice a set sequence that brings back all the postures we’ve explored over the past year! Can’t remember what we did? Or joined us mid-way through the year? Here’s the complete list: January: Side…

svadhyaya, the heart of yoga

Svadhyaya is self-study. It is the action from which yoga springs. Or, at least, that’s my take on it. What is self-study? It’s an inquiry into your whole person, physical, energetic, mental, and beyond. What is beyond? That’s a question that yoga seeks to explore, much like science and philosophy. As individuals that exist as…