Browsing Tag Yoga philosophy

The Niyamas – tools for personal development

Just being

For this blog I am returning to our series of articles introducing some yogic philosophy. We’ve been focusing on Patanjali’s 8 Limbs of Yoga, starting with the Yamas, disciplines that help us to maintain control in our lives. Today we are going to move on the Niyamas, which simply translates to observances. The Yamas more more…

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The Yamas – the laws of life

In my last blog I introduced you to Patanjali’s “The Yoga Sutras” and the 8 limbs of yoga he discusses. These were the restraints, the observances, postures, breathing, sense withdrawal, concentration, meditation and super consciousness. The first of these limbs are the Yamas, or the restraints, sometimes known as the laws of life, which I’m more…

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There’s more to yoga than postures

Prana

You’ve been asking me for more yoga philosophy in my blog posts, following my series on the koshas, so for my next series I thought it would be nice to go right back almost to the beginnings of yoga and see how the teachings are as relevant today as they were centuries ago. Yoga has more…

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Honouring our teachers

Focus on gratitude

Did you notice the beautiful full moon last night? If I’ve got my astronomy correct that was the biggest full moon of the year. It’s also an auspicious time in yogic tradition, known as Guru Purnima, a time to honour and thank all our teachers who have brought us to this point in life, a more…

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A wander through the koshas – the physical layer

In my last blog I talked about the practice of physical yoga. I mentioned that according to yoga philosophy we have different layers of our being, of which the physical layer is just one. I thought it might be interesting to explore these a little bit further and see how these layers affect us and more…

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