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21-day Yoga Challenge, Aug 4-24

Virabhadrasana (Warrior2)

I am pleased to announce the next 21-day Yoga Challenge program. The past programs have been very well received by all the participants. For most of them, it has been truly a life-transforming experience. I invite you to join me on this exciting and deeply rewarding 21-day yoga journey. Here are [...]

So-hum Mantra Meditation

Padmasana

The word "soham" (pronounced so-hum) is a composite of two separate sounds – "so" and "ham". The corresponding Sanskrit words are "sah" (meaning ‘that’) and "aham" (meaning ‘I’). When we join these two words together using the rules of Sanskrit grammar, we get the word "soham". The literal meaning of the word [...]

Introduction to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali – 4-part series

I invite you to join me for a discussion on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali wherein I will introduce some of the key concepts of the sutras. We will also discuss how an understanding of the sutras can profoundly impact our day-to-day life in a positive way.

An Introduction to the Yoga Sutras of [...]

Patanjali’s Approach to Social Behavior

Reactions and Responses

At a recently held meeting of the Yoga Teachers of the Triangle (yttonline.org), Ramani Ayakannu made an excellent presentation where he discussed the guidelines presented by Patanjali in his Yoga Sutras on social behavior patterns. Ramani has very kindly agreed to share the presentation with all of you through [...]

Structured Fee Plan Reinstated

Well, I tried! As you know, exactly a month ago, on April 1, I announced that the fee for all the ongoing weekly classes would be based on "voluntary donations". My hope and desire was to extend the reach of yoga to a much wider segment of the community so more people could enjoy the [...]

Donation-based Yoga – Explained

As you know, at the beginning of April, I announced that the ongoing weekly classes will be offered on a "voluntary donation" basis. Several of you have asked questions related to the concept of voluntary donation. There is a sense of confusion, especially among those who have already pre-paid for a certain length [...]

12-day Pranayama/Meditation Intensive, April 29-May 11, 2014

I am pleased to announce the next 12-day pranayama/meditation intensive.

Come and join me for this life-transforming experience where you will learn two of the most important aspects of a complete, integrated yoga practice – pranayama (breathing techniques) and meditation. In this program I will introduce you to many of the breathing techniques [...]

Integrating Ahimsa (non-violence) into your yoga practice

In previous posts, I have talked about the five yamas and the five niyamas, two of the eight limbs in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. According to Patanjali, these yamas and niyamas have to be understood thoroughly and practiced diligently in order to bring about peace and stability of the mind.

Starting with today’s [...]

Five Asanas for Tight Hamstrings

Whether you are new to yoga or a seasoned yoga practitioner, chances are that you have experienced tightness in your hamstrings in some of the yoga poses at one time or another. In the classes that I teach, I have noticed that most new students, especially men, even more so if they [...]

Two pillars of yoga practice – Abhyasa (practice) and Vairagya (non-attachment)

Patanjali, in the Yoga Sutras, has given us this definition of Yoga:

Yogash-chitta-vritti-nirodhah (sutra 1.2)

"Yoga is defined as the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind-complex"

In practical terms, this sutra can be translated as "yoga is the ability to stay calm in all situations in life". When we say [...]