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In Part 1 of this article I will explain the importance of extending ones inversions, headstand and shoulder stand. I will show how for meditation to succeed what yogis call prana or amrita (nectar) needs to be accumulated or preserved. The process to do…

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I really enjoyed this hour-long interview with Ryan Spielman. I felt he had really tuned into my work and asked great questions. It is called from Disappointment to Samadhi. Here it is:

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A student was inspired by us retreating to a live in the bush to focus on our spiritual practice. She would like to take a similar step but, finding the preparation tough, wrote the following: “I find myself working 8am-6pm to build a strong financial…

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On Svadhyaya - Self-Study

Shanna Small from the Ashtanga Picture Project interviewed me on svadhyaya. This important term, that occurs several times in the Yoga Sutra is usually translated as ‘self-study’ but in yoga the term is narrowly defined and has important connotations.

Q: I, like many people, was told that, Svadhyaya simply meant self-study and that any studying we did of ourselves was self-study. Recently, It has come to my attention, that this is incorrect.

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Here is an article from me on Yoga Meditation, published in the Sutra Journal. The Sutra Journal is a curated journal on art, culture and dharma, bridging eternal truths and modern voices.

My article shows that in ancient days Hatha-, Raja- and Bhakti Yoga were not separate disciplines but nothing but the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of yogic meditation.

The article then assesses what determines the speed of your spiritual evolution and juxtaposes what holds you back (i.e. the three types of karma) versus what propels you forward (sophistication and intensity of practice, and grace).

Enjoy the read:

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New article from Monica:

Most of us are familiar with the importance of our thoracic diaphragm muscle and our pelvic diaphragm or pelvic floor muscles. Both of these are recognised for their importance both as respiratory muscles and their crucial role in core stability. Our cervical diaphragm, however, gets less attention but is also an important mechanism in both of these roles. Just like the diaphragms below it the cervical diaphragm centers our mental focus, enhances our ability to absorb prana, increases body awareness and provides important core stability, both locally and globally.

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It continues to amaze me how few modern yogis practice pranayama and especially its most fundamental aspect, alternate nostril breathing. Here the rationale why its important:

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New article from Monica on the current misunderstanding of switching off the buttocks during many yoga postures. She says:

"It seems to me a divine ploy that some are obsessed with developing their derriere to its fullest potential. Our buttocks, which are predominantly composed of our gluteus maximus muscle, are one of the most important players in the human body. For this reason it is the strongest muscle in our body and has the potential to be great in size. Our modern life-style has us sitting on it, squashing it and thereby switching it off for most of the day. When glute max is continuously inhibited it may not engage automatically or its activation may become delayed, altering important muscle recruitment patterns in the body. ‘Glute amnesia’ has become a chronic modern musculoskeletal disorder often causing pain and injury. "

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In my last post I pointed out the importance of self-love for ones yoga practice. I was asked whether forgiveness is the start of self-love?
It is indeed. When talking about forgiveness, however, we need to understand that it has two aspects, to forgive oneself and to forgive others. Ultimately they will both merge into one but when we begin the practice of forgiveness we notice that we specialize either in holding grudges against ourselves or against others. How is this connected to near-death experiences, Freud's superego, hypocrites and the atman?
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Informative new article on Yoga and Aging from Monica.
"When I was young and naïve I used to say “the good thing about practicing yoga is that as you get older you only get stronger and more flexible!” This is true up to a point and that point is different for every body. The fact is that as we age our body slows down. All of our bodily functions are affected as our cells multiply more slowly and we end up with less new cells. This means the process of rejuvenation is slower than that of degeneration. This sounds terribly bleak and some do attempt to deny the aging process but even animals, who have no concept of aging, do not escape the natural atrophy of our physical bodies. One problem with the aging process is our inability to accept and adapt to it. "
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