Jal Neti – An important Yogic purification

Jal Neti is something that I learned in early childhood in my family seeing my uncle, father and mother performing it. With the time, it also integrated into my morning ritual. I experience the powerful benefits of Jal Neti kriya and would love to share in this post. It is not a surprise it is…

Benefits of Yoga – Ashtanga Yoga

Have you ever wondered why you always crave for more and Yoga? What are the benefits of Yoga and how works on mind, body, and soul? In other words – Yoga is a practice and a lifestyle that gradually transforms your body. The other side-effect of a good Yoga practice is countless. In this case, Ashtanga…

Yoga and Running – How Yoga can help runners

I have been a marathon runner and loved running in the forest of Heidelberg, cities, and fields enjoying the rhythm of my breathing. It was life changing experience. With the time, I’ve realized that my cardio got so much better, I’ve lost few extra kilos and gained my confidence back. The “high” you receive from running…

Outdoor Yoga enhances your health and wellbeing

Outdoor Yoga classes add a different dimension to one’s practice and are brings you down to its original link with nature. “Yoga means ‘union,’ and when it’s practiced outdoors it is the oneness with nature, humanity, and the universe is truly felt,” One of the yoga’s beauties as you can do it anywhere. This encouraged us…

Breathing in Ashtanga Yoga and its effects

The breath as one of the fundamental elements of any yoga practice. Breathing has an interdependency to the mind, body, and emotions, you being a movement. Through steady and correct breathing – concentration comes easily, posture becomes steady and benefits are multifold. The breathing in yoga can serve as a transformative mechanism to improve overall…

Surya Namaskar – Sun salutation A and B in Ashtanga Yoga

The Mysore Ashtanga yoga, sun-salutations, called “A” & “B” have been developed by Sri Krishnamacharya & Sri Pattabhi Jois. Sūryanamaskāra serves as a transition between postures and as a postural preparation – smart, isn’t it 🙂 Warm-up (muscles) Release of large articulations Limbering up of the spine Every asana is done with the synchronization of…

Why not practice Ashtanga Yoga on the Full Moon

We all have this question – Why not practising on the Full Moon?  In this article, I would like to shed some light for a better understanding. Like all things of a watery nature (human beings are about 70% water), we are affected by the phases of the moon. The phases of the moon are…

Surya Namaskar origins and tales

Surya Namaskar or Sun Salutation is not only a physical exercise or warm-up.  It is something much more profound, which needs a deep understanding of  Sanskrit Vedic literature and Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism). The Sun Salutation or Sūryanamaskāra is a dynamic sequence of postures; it is a ritual in honor of the rising sun (ideally just…

Tristana – The core principle of Ashtanga Yoga

The vinyāsa, the connecting movements between the postures, is composed of 3 fundamentals (Tristana) which are: The breathing (Ujjãyi Prãnãyãma) – the victorious breath The control of the pelvic floor, and abdominal ball  (Mūla Bāndha) The focused gaze (Drishti) in the postures (āsana). Ashtanga Yoga uses a three-fold approach to yoga asana called Tristana. Tristana consists…