Vinyasa Krama

This is the name of the Yoga I have been taught to teach, so it’s the name of my classes. Someone asked me what it means. I am tempted to explore the Sanskrit etymology because it’s really quite fascinating, but I’ll keep it reasonably short and to the context. Here, Vinyasa means to place in [...]

Resistance to change

In Yoga philosophy, there are five types of suffering, referred to as the 'kleshas'. The kleshas can be thought of as afflictions, negative mental states, or obstacles to enlightenment. When we overcome the kleshas, we overcome our mental suffering and experience Yoga. Here I want to talk about just one of the kleshas, the final [...]

Sukha Pranayama

Sukha pranayama is one of the simplest yogic breathing techniques you can practice, as its Sanskrit translation implies:  Sukha means 'ease' and pranayama is 'breathing technique'.  I have come to think of it as an ‘entry level’ pranayama practice suitable for beginners since you work with an even number of natural-length breath counts as opposed [...]

The directing mind

9. 15: Mere things stand isolated outside our doors, with no knowledge or report of themselves. What then reports on them? Our directing mind. This is the third in a series of blog posts attempting to thematically extract from the 12 books of the ‘Meditations’, the personal and philosophical diary written by Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor [...]

Addicted to approval

Concern for approval is a counterproductive habit that kills the spirit. It’s also exhausting and inefficient. Marcus Aurelius can help us overcome this tendency by inviting us to contemplate the mind of the critics we fear. This is the second in a series of blog posts attempting to thematically extract from the 12 books of [...]

Kindness

This blog post is the first in a series which attempts to thematically extract from the 12 books of the 'Meditations' , the personal and philosophical diary written by Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor from 161 to 180 AD. His private thoughts were written in numbered paragraphs, without any thought or intention of publication. The reader [...]