Each month we have explored the Ashtanga Baby Primary series, looking at the following sections: 1) Dhyana (meditation); 2) Warm-ups and Surya Namaskar; 3) Standing; 4) Seated; 5) Backbends, and, for May, we will end with the 6) Pacifying sq including inversions and savasana, plus a reading / message.
VIDEO | Reading on Karuna (compassion) from BKS Iyengar’s Light on Yoga
Hello lovelies! Here's a reading from BKS Iyengar's Light on Yoga on karuna - which he beautifully captures in saying karuna is "...not merely pity or compassion, but rather compassion COUPLED WITH devoted action..." Epic! One of my all-time fave readings, and a call-to-action for all humanity. PLEASE practice yoga off the mat! Keep practicing …
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VIDEO | March Asana Spotlight: Seated Sq (Ashtanga Vinyasa Baby Series)
Welcome March, welcome cherry blossoms, welcome longer days and brighter smiles - wooooohooooo, welcome home Spring (it's been a while!!!) Welcome, too, to the seated part of the Ashtanga Baby Primary Series sequence (not suitable for beginners). Enjoy!
Six-part video series: Yogasana – Baby Primary Ashtanga Sq (not suitable for beginners)
Enjoy this six-part video series breaking down the Ashtanga Baby Series (not for beginners). Please read Health and Safety's under each video!
November theme: Karuna (Compassion coupled with Devoted Action)
Theme for last month, October, was Maitri (loving kindness and friendliness). This, of course, is a ubiquitous message transcending time-so, be it November or sometime in the future, slow down and ask how you can nurture more maitri, becoming a kinder and more compassionate (karuna) individual. This month we'll be looking at karuna, “compassion coupled …
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A re[sounding] friendship: Inspirational video on studying Sanskrit
An ode to Maitri (friendliness; loving kindness) - a personal focus in svadhyaya (self-study) this month - is the friendship which awaits in nurturing your relationship with Sanskrit. Watch this moving, authentic and inspirational video from Gabriella Burnel on why she studied Sanskrit, and read on for a short post with a big message: on …
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Call-to-action: Practice Maitri (Friendliness; Loving Kindness)
From London to Lisbon, Melbourne to New York, Soweto to Shanghai - wherever you are, this is an inclusive call-to-action to bring Maitri (friendliness; loving kindness) into your life, treating yourself, others, the planet and animals with ahimsa (non-harming) - the first Yama and, to reference Trip Levine, the prerequisite for listening to what the …
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Yogasana: Warm-ups and Namaskar sequence
This class focuses on warm-ups and the Namaskar sequence which promotes rapid flexibility and fluidity to the spine and limbs especially when linked to breath. Keep it safe: please have blankets, pillow for any knee injuries, blocks and something to cover your eyes with. Surya Namaskar is a fantastic all-round warm up for your entire …
Why is Dhyana so important to the Yoga practice?
Dhyana is one of the FOUR *physical* components of the Yogasana practice, along with Asana, Pranayama and Japa Mantra. Read my essay (personal experience); and then sit down for an eight minute meditation, dhyana, practice.