The art of breath and movement is one filled with subtleties. The gentle movements of our bodies as we receive and release the breath, the shifts of energy within us, help us to go deeper. We reach beyond the physical to a place where stillness and peacefulness reside.
It is called many things, True Self, Atman, Divine Self, or my definition – Authentic Truth.
Whatever you choose to call it is...
Theme – Sattva
In the yogic philosophy, the energy of all matter, including human beings, consists of the three gunas.
They are Rajas, which is Active, Tamas which is Passive and Sattva which is Balance.
All three gunas exist within each of us but one will usually be more dominant which helps to create our personality.
In our yoga practice, we work to achieve a Sattvic (balanced) state. Of course there...
The physical body plus three subtler bodies make up the energy field. Each body interpenetrates the others. The union of these ‘selves’ = wholeness
The physical body protects the subtler bodies and is considered the ‘Temple of Spirit’.
Emotions do not originate in the physical body. They begin in the astral body and are transmitted to the physical body through the...
Nadis are channels in our subtle and spiritual bodies; similar to meridians in Chinese philosophy, which prana (vital life energy) flows through.
There are 72,000 nadis which branch off into another 72,000. We have a total of 350,000 nadis throughout the body. Fourteen are principal nadis; three are the main nadis – Ida, Pingala and Sushumna.
Also known as Chandra Nadi (moon energy) Begins at...
Chakra means wheel or vortex of energy. They process and distribute the Vital Life Energy (prana) that enters us through the breath. The chakras transform this energy into frequencies we can understand – emotions and physical sensations.
Prana moves through each energy center, which governs our physical, emotional and spiritual health. When chakras are opened and balanced, we experience joy...
Below is a picture of the energy body – Chakras, Nadis and Subtle Bodies. They work together to bring us to our optimal energetic balance. You will find more information on the links below to each component of our energy body. In order to make it easier to see the way the subtle bodies work, this diagram shows the bodies working their way outward. In actuality, they work inward as the Spiritual Body...
A great way to check the alignment throughout the yoga practice is to find Tadasana in every pose. Are the hips on the same plane as each other – (is one hitch up higher than the other in poses like Warrior III or Tree?) Is the shoulder even with the hip or is the chest pointing down toward the floor (very common in Triangle or Right Angle particularly in binds and when the hand is too far down on the...
Uncover the Gem
How lucky we are to be able to practice and share the beauty of yoga. There is so much depth to this practice that I think gets lost in the quest for perfection in the physical. If yoga is seen only as a physical practice then the benefits are surely missed – However, if that is the starting point to uncovering the gems that exist deep within each and every one of us then what a...