‘Vinyasa’: Life’s Moving Meditation

Technically, a ‘vinyasa’ can be any sequence performed with the breath; it isn’t restricted to the series of ‘chatturanga – upward facing dog – downward facing dog’, but this is indeed how we’ve lazily referred to these movements in the West for the past few decades. This is especially common ever since the whole PowerContinue reading “‘Vinyasa’: Life’s Moving Meditation”

Practice: Parighasana / ‘Gate Pose’

Parigha = An iron bar used for locking a gate                   Asana = Posture The word expansion is used a lot in Yoga practice, and it can really mean a lot of different things to each of us…. When we think about expanding the body – thisContinue reading “Practice: Parighasana / ‘Gate Pose’”

Saluting the Sun – Surya Namaskar A

Surya = ‘sun’ Namaskar = ‘Salutation’ from the word namas, meaning ‘to bow’   If you’re new to yoga, the sun salutation sequence is likely to be one of the first sequences you’ll learn – depending upon the style of yoga you choose to practice of course. If you’ve already been practicing for a longContinue reading “Saluting the Sun – Surya Namaskar A”

Practice: Shishulasana (Dolphin Pose)

One of the best asanas for strengthening the upper body – in particular, the shoulder girdle and serratus anterior muscles – Dolphin is the gateway to inversions such as sirsasana (headstand), Pincha Mayurasana (Forearm balance) and Adho Mukha Vrksasana (Handstand).While many people assume yoga to be ‘all about flexibility’, some of the more profound benefitsContinue reading “Practice: Shishulasana (Dolphin Pose)”