Monthly Archives: July 2009

The Asanas

Sthira-sukham-asanum ‘The posture should be steady and comfortable’ Chapter ii verse 46 Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Asana is often translated as ‘pose’ or ‘posture but literally it’s meaning is ‘seat’. Asanas are the physical postures of yoga and the third … Continue reading

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Antaratma Sadhana – The innermost quest

The last three limbs of Patanjali’s Ashtanga Yoga are often studied together and are called Antaratma Sadhana, or the innermost quest. We will consider them in turn. Dharana The practice of pratyahara prepares us for the sixth limb, dharana, or … Continue reading

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The significance of Om

Om is unequivocally regarded as the oldest mantra known to the sages of India. However it’s origins are obscure, not helped by the fact that Vedic and Yogic traditions were based on verbal transmission of secret knowledge and only written … Continue reading

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Traditional Yoga – the 4 ancient schools of Yoga

As Yoga has increased in popularity, the relative position of the postures has become elevated, leading many people identify Yoga ONLY with postures and believing that the aim of Yoga is physical fitness. However, the postures (known as asanas) are … Continue reading

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