Thursday, October 10, 2013

Breathing with Rumi

I have been on a long sabbatical from writing, but I am back now. You might say I was on an introspective holiday trying to understand what my motivations are to write this blog and why I chase after the things I do. I still don't have all the answers, but my inner journeys brought me to the edge of my sanity, some realisations, many discoveries, stories, poems and even to a door to the poetry of life. One of my favorite poets, Rumi, reminds me with his verse (below) that we are the sum total of our breath. 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Stretch that spine nice and long: asana for the spine and their benefits

According to an old chinese adage, a person’s life is as long as the spine is healthy. This could make you introspect on how you can keep the spine healthy and how you will  know if your method is working for you.

The Central Nervous System composed of the brain and the spinal cord  perform the functions of the main processing centre for the entire nevous system  and control all body mechanisms.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Bending backwards to stay healthy

When I first discovered yoga, I was blissfully unaware of how stiff my body was. My teachers (I have had many) were all very different from each other in their approach to yoga, and the student, and therefore each one gave me something unique, something to think about, but most of all, the impetus to keep on practicing. One of my teachers usually taught asana in groups – such as forward bends, backward bends, sun salutations, salutations to the moon and so on. And on one particular occasion, we picked backward bends as the subject matter for discussion and subsequent practice. I was amazed at the hidden symbolism of postures and how much I had taken myself – body and soul - for granted.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Eating right improves flexibility in yoga: Some food for thought

Food is an inextricable aspect of yoga practice. The science of yoga insists that a daily practice or “sadhna” is more than simply practicing poses on a sticky mat. According to ancient yoga texts, food ingested into the body must be fresh, clean and of a certain quality if the practice of asana and pranayama are to be undertaken and done with ease.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Yoga of contemplation: 11 best Zen stories to stoke the heart's fire

I was sharing these stories with a friend and she called it "sticky mat Zen". A lovely way to describe these stories if you ask me. They provide fodder for the heart to dwell upon.......and can even be taken to yoga practice. These stories have a ring to them. For instance, I like to read them aloud before getting onto my yoga mat. And as I practice, the story hovers on the rim of awareness, while I focus on the body-mind.