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 [...]