Yoga Philosophy

Pratyahara

Pratyahara

  Pratyahara is the practice of drawing the senses inward. When you decrease stimulation to the senses, your inner light shines. If we truly quiet the mind and withdraw from the stimulation of the senses, the inner flame that we all have within has a chance to be…

Pranayama

Pranayama

Welcome back to the 8 Limbs of Yoga! Today we look into the fourth aspect of yogic life, Pranayama Breathing.   Prana is the universal life force that we can enhance and control with the use of our breath. Through control of our breathing pattern, we can…

Asanas

Asanas

  And now the Limb you’ve all been waiting for for…the actual Yoga Poses! These are called Asanas. Let’s dig into some yoga postures for beginners.    Did you know that there are only THREE sutras dedicated to the physical practice of yoga? Seriously! Only three! And…

Niyamas

Niyamas

  Now that we’ve begun refraining from harmful actions, we need to enhance our lives by ACTION with the Niyamas. Nature abhors a vacuum and will always replace a space.  Here, we begin to embrace ACTION based suggestions, that focus on the self. We can…

Yamas

Yamas

  What are the Yamas?   The first limb of the 8 fold yoga path, as found in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, consists of 5 things (yamas) you shouldn’t be doing. Five actions that if we refrain from, will increase our happiness. Sometimes we commit these…

Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

  The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali were written between 5,000 BC to 300 AD.  However no one is really sure who Patanjali was. The origination of this book and the author is shrouded in mystery.  The sutras are a systematic outline of the yogic lifestyle and…