Finding dhyana, or not

Somewhere after dharana, we find dhyana, meditation. I know, that doesn't sound helpful at all, right? The problem is that dhyana isn't really something that I can just decide to do. We decide on dharana and then dhyana happens or it doesn't. It's the same with samadhi but we'll get there later. The difference between... Continue Reading →

Just breath and movement

The fifth limb of yoga is Pratyahara, withdrawal of the senses. Like the limbs that come before it, pratyahara can be experienced in a number of ways. The times I’ve heard runner’s talk about hitting their stride reminds me of the way pranayama leads to pratyahara and then dharana. I was never a good runner... Continue Reading →

Pranayama, controlling my breath

As much as the asanas work to improve our understanding of the yamas and niyamas, they do even more for pranayama. Pranayama is breath control and makes up the fourth limb of yoga. Practicing pranayama in the asanas helps us to have it when we need it in life. Like posture, breath controls quite a... Continue Reading →

Learning to be still

Given that the yamas and niyamas generally align with Christian beliefs, it’s no wonder that the asanas are the first limb of yoga that Americans are generally familiar with. The interpretations of these limbs among Americans tend to vary and I could easily see how yogis are considered to be taking ideas like the yamas... Continue Reading →

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