Books on the Asanas

Knowing what's going on in a pose is still a work in progress for me. Though I learned to queue the typical poses used in a yoga practice and can sequence fairly well, I still struggle with remembering all the exact benefits of the asanas, the Sanskrit names, and the contraindications. I've never taken anatomy... Continue Reading →

The Yamas and Niyamas: Exploring Yoga’s Ethical Practice by Deborah Adele

I finished this book during the hiatus and noticed that I never went back and reviewed it. There are actually a few books, mostly the last of the Read Harder 2019 books, that this happened with. It's not generally a big deal with most of them, but it's good to come back around on it... Continue Reading →

Truth is One, Paths are Many

I was listening to the yearly Palm Sunday sermon last weekend, and it reminded me of all the paths to God according to yoga. I first saw it in the Yoga Sutras, but also in a new book I've started titled The Yoga of Jesus. I had read A Short History of Myth by Karen... Continue Reading →

Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, translation and commentary by Sri Swami Satchinanda

I am fully convinced that I must read the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali once a year for the rest of my life. I started out understanding quite a bit but was completely lost by the time I reached samadhi. COMPLETELY. Still, this is a book of practice and not meant to be understood on a... Continue Reading →

Maybe I’ll contemplate the universe one day

Samadhi is much more complicated than the others. There are several types and you have to have mastered the first steps and there's no guarantee of how things are gonna go but it's still a worthy goal. Samadhi is the total liberated state or full meditative state. To quote the commentary I have on the... Continue Reading →

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 →

Dharana, when yoga changed everything…

Ardha Chandrasana/Half Moon pose There have been a handful of poses that have really progressed me toward dharana, the sixth limb of yoga. Once we have cultivated stillness through asana, pranayama, and pratyahara, we're ready to build concentration. For me, half moon pose is among those that has helped the most with concentration. It's one... 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 →

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