The Energetic Side of Yoga

The Energetic Side of Yoga

The Energetic Side of Yoga Ok… Energetic? Do you mean running around, jumping up and down, and getting a good sweat going? Well, no. Not really. You can get a really good sweat going with a solid yoga practice, but I’m addressing something different altogether. I’m talking about prana. Chi. Vital energy. Call it what you […]

Yoga Mala: the Continuity of Union

yoga mala

Yoga Mala: the Continuity of Union Do you know what a mala is? It’s a necklace, strung with flowers or beads. And it’s a metaphor, an image of the essence of hatha yoga. A string to bind all of the beads together, with each bead providing structure and substance along the way. This is yoga. […]

How Bandhas Stabilize the Joints in Yoga

How Bandhas Stabilize the Joints

How Bandhas Stabilize the Joints The body is incredibly complex. With over 200 bones, hundreds of muscles and just as many joints (as well as connective issue, nerves, organs and cells) it can be difficult to distill information about the body in a way that is easily digestible, and importantly, functional for students. One way […]

Tadasana: More Than Just Standing Tall

Tadasana

To the untrained eye, and even the untrained yogi, Tadasana – Mountain Pose – may seem pretty simple, however Tadasana is actually quite complex as it is one pose where all the muscles, bandhas and diaphragmatic breathing apparatus are engaged. This is not to say that the whole body is tensed, but rather sturdy and unmovable, like a mountain. The directions […]