INTENT, ACTIONS, AND PRACTICES

This bit of contemplation has come about from repeated questions about the difference between Āsana and exercise, Āhāra and the diet culture, Vairāgya and disinterest. They are interesting questions, ones that I have had myself before others asked me these things. For the longest time, I did not have an answer; I did not knowContinue reading INTENT, ACTIONS, AND PRACTICES

HABITS AND HOBBIES AS YOGA

Let us start with what is seen, heard, and understood as Yoga by most of us today. My understanding of what Yoga is perceived as from what I have encountered online and offline is this – it is physical movement, light stretching, and exercise; it is breath control; it is slow and easy and notContinue reading “HABITS AND HOBBIES AS YOGA”

HOW TO BE A YOGA SĀDHAKA

Yoga Sādhanā, or Yoga practice as it is popularly translated, is a phrase that is used quite often in conversations around Yoga, especially on social media but also in classes and studios. People talk about being regular with Yoga practice, building a practice, having a daily practice that lasts at least for a certain amountContinue reading “HOW TO BE A YOGA SĀDHAKA”

FINDING MY SPACE WITHIN YOGA

I started learning Yoga back in the year 2003 when it was quite big in some places but in India, few people were seriously interested in Yoga or teaching it. There were Yoga schools and Yoga teachers but nothing close to the kind of numbers and popularity we see today. I started learning it becauseContinue reading “FINDING MY SPACE WITHIN YOGA”

RULES FOR A YOGA TEACHER

If you have just finished teacher training and have never taught Yoga before, it can sometimes be quite daunting to get started. If you turn to social media for advice, there will be so many contradicting suggestions that you will probably end up more confused than ever! This is how I felt when I wasContinue reading “RULES FOR A YOGA TEACHER”

YOGA WITHOUT SANSKRIT – IS IT POSSIBLE?

A discussion I have heard and seen discussed on social media and outside of it, time and time again is the necessity of Sanskrit in Yoga. I believe this conversation has become more and more relevant since the time Yoga started spreading to the world outside India, to places where nobody had ever heard orContinue reading “YOGA WITHOUT SANSKRIT – IS IT POSSIBLE?”