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Is it dangerous to practise yoga on the full moon?

yoga-moon-days
"The moone is founde, by plaine experience, to beare her greatest stroke uppon the seas, likewise in all things that are moiste, and by consequence in the braines of man.”
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Standardising the non-standard

Diversity in Yoga
A recent proposal to create a ‘National Occupational Standard’ (NOS) within the field of teaching yoga has ignited a wave controversy and debate within the UK yoga community..
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Ashtanga Yoga and God

Dancing Shiva
‘From devotion to God, Samadhi is attained’ (YS 2.45 *)
In Patanjali’s sutra, the final stage of yoga is Samadhi - ‘clear perception.’ Patanjali outlines two methods by which to accomplish Samadhi:
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The roots of postural yoga

Ascetic Yogis Painting
Modern Yoga is a composite hybrid of practices in which the somatic techniques of Hatha Yoga converge with the experiential philosophy of Patanjali’s Eight limbed path..
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Fast food yoga - commodifying the sacred

Commodification of Yoga
In recent years, a plethora of new 'yoga styles' have emerged. Many have extraordinary names such as: ‘Voga’, ‘Tequila Yoga’, ‘Playboy Yoga’, ‘Glow Yoga’, ‘Rage Yoga’, ‘Chocolate Yoga’, and ‘Baked Yoga’ (for stoners).
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Yoga Korunta - unearthing an Ashtanga legend

The Yoga Korunta
A quest
There is an intriguing legend in the world of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. If you’ve never heard the story before, it usually goes something like this:

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The Kriya Yoga of Patanjali

Patanjali Yoga Sutra
‘The three purificatory actions of yoga are inner discipline, self-study, and surrender. When practised, the obstacles are removed and we experience clear perception.’
Patanjali Yoga Sutra - 2:1-2
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Developing a daily practice: part two

Garbha Pindasana
At last, the spring is on its way and, with it, the best time of the year to undertake or renew a regular home practice. Here are some practical ideas and suggestions to help get you started..
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Developing a daily practice: part one

James Russell Lotus Posture
In this two part blog, I will first be offering some thoughts on daily practice and in the second instalment, practical advice on how to begin a regular routine.
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Which style of yoga?

Perhaps you’ve been thinking for a while that you’d like to try out this yoga thing that everyone else seems to be doing and talking about. You’ve finally made your intention to give it a go.. Continue Reading »
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A few thoughts on yoga mats

Whilst this post may not lead you directly towards samadhi or enlightenment, it may however save you a few quid when you come to purchase a new mat.Continue Reading »
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Origins of modern yoga

A summary of notes from a study day at Heythrop college with guest speakers: James Mallinson and Suzanne Newcombe.Continue Reading »
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Hatha Yoga Pradipika: now available in ten chapters

A longer version of the classic Haṭha manual is now available in English and includes chapters on a variety of subjects, some of which may seem somewhat bizarre to modern practitioners!Continue Reading »
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Yoga and vegetarianism

Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances of survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.” - Albert Einstein

Our natural instinct is to be healthy and yoga practice helps us to tune in to that instinct. Yoga helps us to cultivate harmony and balance in every aspect of our lives, including diet.
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Warning: Yoga may seriously improve your health!

There’s been a lot of talk this week about the alleged dangers of Yoga practice...largely sparked by an article written in the New York Times by Mr Broad, who last week talked on BBC radio 4 in a programme entitled “Can Yoga Kill you?”

Ok: well, not surprisingly, this has got a lot of Yoga folks in a bit of a stew! So much has been said by so many that there is not a great deal I can add..except that i just can’t help myself, so here goes!Continue Reading »
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