Designed for yoga teacher trainees of the Yoga West yoga teacher training, this is a two-part workshop series. The first session centres around the exploration of career change addressing the challenges and opportunities that stepping into the unknown brings about.
Why Mindfulness & Yoga? Mindfulness is a basic human quality, perhaps best described as being “equally present with all events and experiences with discernment, curiosity and kindness” (Christina Feldman, 2012). We cultivate mindfulness through a practice that involves training of our attention, awareness and compassion. We learn to shift perspective and respond to stressors more skilfully. […]
Why moving the body is essential for the mind The Sanskrit word Yoga योग means to yoke/harness/join. It originated in ancient India and entails physical, mental and spiritual practices that promote awakening and recognition of the ultimate union of body/mind with Consciousness. As yoga travelled to the West the accessible and adaptable physical aspects made it one of the most popular […]
The Sanskrit term pranayama (प्राणायाम) combines the two words prana (breath, vitality, energy, life force) and ayama (extension, expansion, regulation, restraint, control) referring to the aim of breath exercises to enhance your vital energy or life force by means of prolonging breath and its restraints (Iyengar, 1981 p13). Together with yamas, niyamas and asana, pranayama […]
Asthanga yoga, or Raja yoga (raj = king), as documented in the Yoga Sutras by the sage Patanjali about 200 CE is an outline of the yogic path to enlightenment. It incorporates Eight Limbs, which are divided into four Lower Limbs (1 to 4) and four Higher Limbs (5 to 8). I am an Ashtanga […]
Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, as taught by Guru Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, is a vigorous and dynamic style of yoga that has been developed as a system of movement, postures and a certain breathing technique to progressively purify and tone the body whilst developing skills to quiet the mind and adopt a positive and healthy attitude […]
This is a fantastic introduction to Ujiayi Breathing and the Bandhas with David Swenson, who I cherish and consider an outstanding teacher in the Ashtanga Vinyasa tradition. It’s an old video, cute, but the information he conveys is valuable now as then and his instructions are clear and easy to follow. 7:38mins worth while your time. […]
In the 20th century different types of Hatha based yoga schools developed. The founders of the three dominant schools – Ashtanga, Iyengar and Viniyoga – were all students of Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya (1888-1989), a famous teacher at the Yoga Institute at the Mysore Palace in India and the “father of modern yoga.” Two other styles […]