As I mentioned in my first post, yoga is so much more than the physical practice we do on our mats. In fact, it’s not until Patanjali’s third limb that we delve into Asana at all. We’ll also be talking about Pranayama and Pratyahara, the fourth and fifth limbs respectively, today.
The Niyamas are the second limb of Patanjali’s eight limbs of yoga. Niyama is a Sanskrit word which translates as ‘observances’, and they are primarily our attitudes to our inner world, to ourselves.
The physical practice (asana) which we practice in a studio or at home is such a small part of the behemoth that is ‘yoga’, yet we often place all our attention on the postures. In this series of blog posts I’m going to be covering some of the foundations of yogic philosophy to give you more insight into yoga off the mat.
In March I will be joining Radha Melis on a Make a Difference tour in India. I’m so excited to be a part of this amazing tour, it’s unlike any other yoga retreat I’ve ever known.
Balance… Balance and motherhood. Can you have both?
I think so. But it’s not easy and nor does it ever look the same for everyone. It also doesn’t stay looking the same for the same person. Balance is an ever evolving concept for me and something I’m always working on.
In the beginning, the middle and the end, there is always the breath, our inner life force and our connection with the universal energy flow.
This easy little recipe comes from my amazing nanny who helps us with the twins. It makes an awesome dessert or a snack and adults will love it just as much as little ones!
The term Buddhaful originally came from my wordsmith sister Clare. If you know Clare, you know she is a super creative yoga-fairy! Of course, as with most words, I took my own personal interpretation of the word – what it meant to me. Every word has its own personal connotations, and the above definition is mine.
As someone who has attended over 20 teacher trainings personally and also has had over 200 students come through my own teacher trainings, I thought I’d let you in on what I think makes a great teacher training.
Does your mind whirl and twirl all over the place? Do you often feel overwhelmed with your thoughts and unable to still your monkey mind? Do you want to learn how to clear and master your mind by using tried and tested yogic techniques and principles? Read on!