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”

YOGA AND MINIMALISM – WHAT YOGA SCRIPTURE SAYS

In the last article (read it here), I shared with you my contemplations on minimalism and how I slowly started to discover the parallels between Yoga and minimalism. I adopted a lifestyle many years ago, which I have been building on bit by bit, that strives towards minimalism in everyday living. A lot of peopleContinue reading “YOGA AND MINIMALISM – WHAT YOGA SCRIPTURE SAYS”

CONCEPTS FOR DAILY LIFE – VIHĀRA

During my Yoga training days and then through my own seeking of information, I have come across a lot of concepts that are so relevant to everyday lives of people like you and me who live in society, in families, are not ascetics living outside society. Today, we discuss a concept that I came acrossContinue reading “CONCEPTS FOR DAILY LIFE – VIHĀRA”

CONCEPTS FOR DAILY LIFE – VAIRĀGYA

Vairāgya is possibly one of the most misunderstood concepts in Yoga, especially by those who are aware of the term outside of the Yogic context. For many such people, Vairāgya brings forth an image of a Sanyāsin or ascetic, someone who lives outside society and has given up all worldly pleasures and attachments. But isContinue reading “CONCEPTS FOR DAILY LIFE – VAIRĀGYA”

YOGA SCRIPTURE – WHAT SHOULD I STUDY?

The literature on Yoga is almost endless today. New books and commentaries on texts are released all the time. There are books on anatomy, Āsana practice, Yogic principles, and so much more. Although this can be wonderful, it can also make things very confusing when you want to go into in-depth scriptural studies to moveContinue reading “YOGA SCRIPTURE – WHAT SHOULD I STUDY?”