yoga seeds #14 – Special and subtle: the breath

The most basic pranayama practice is observing the breath. "Basic", as opposed to "simple", because it's the basis upon which we can develop other practices and also because observing the breath is no simple matter. For one thing, as soon as we turn our attention to it, the breath tends to change. The first challenge…Read more yoga seeds #14 – Special and subtle: the breath

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yoga seeds #13 – Including

Everything that happens during our practice can be related to as a chance to practise: I lose my thread and I don't know if it's right or left leg now, I push too hard and hurt myself, I get dizzy when I come up, I wish I could do what my neighbour can, I topple…Read more yoga seeds #13 – Including

yoga seeds #3 – menstruation and inversion

"Should I not do inversions when I have my period?" Menstruation is governed by apana vayu, the energy of excretion. When we put the pelvis upside down, gravity works against this action. Going against what our body is trying to do may make the body try harder at expulsion by cramping. Having said that, as…Read more yoga seeds #3 – menstruation and inversion

yoga seeds #1 – right and wrong

Let's put aside the complicated question of what right and wrong can actually mean. Whenever we consider an asana or aspect of our practice in terms of "right and wrong" we reduce the immensity of experience to a mere binary. When we get it wrong we are unsatisfied and we get it right nothing remains…Read more yoga seeds #1 – right and wrong