Yoga Break: Dhyana

Happy Tuesday, everyone! We're back this week with another discussion on Patanjali's Eight Limbs of Yoga, and this time we'll be delving into the seventh limb: Dhyana. As I mentioned before (and would like to keep reminding you), the last three or four limbs of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras can be a lot to take in,... Continue Reading →

Yoga Break: Dharana

We've spent the past five weeks discussing Patanjali's Eight Limbs of Yoga, with last week's topic being Pratyahara (sensory withdrawal). As I mentioned then, the last four of the eight limbs are a bit less concrete (at least to the Western mind) and may take a little exploration before anything begins to click. The sixth... Continue Reading →

Yoga Break: Pratyahara

Now that we've officially passed the halfway point in our exploration of Patanjali's Eight Limbs of Yoga, this is where things start getting a little more...fuzzy. Until now, we've talked about things like physical postures, breathwork, and ethical guidelines. However, the remaining four limbs often seem less graspable to our Western minds. Let's get into... Continue Reading →

Yoga Break: Pranayama

Happy Tuesday -- welcome to another Yoga Break! We're right in the middle of our series on Patanjali's Eight Limbs of Yoga, and this week we are exploring the fourth limb: Pranayama. If you've got some experience with yoga or meditation,¬†Prana might be a word that sounds familiar, even if it's just having seen it... Continue Reading →

Yoga Break: Asana

Well, we've arrived at Week 3 of our eight-part series on Patanjali's eight limbs of yoga, and I'm willing to bet that this is the one a lot of you have been waiting for. After spending the last two weeks discussing quite a few foreign Sanskrit terms, we're finally going to talk about the physical... Continue Reading →

Yoga Break: The Niyamas

It's Tuesday again, and you know what that means: Yoga Break! We are right back at it this week with a brief discussion of the second limb of yoga. Just as there are five Yamas (see last week's post), there are also five Niyamas. While the Yamas deal more with the way we interact with... Continue Reading →

Yoga Break: The Yamas

Welcome back to another Yoga Break, everyone! Last week's topic was a brief introduction to the Eight Limbs of Yoga, which are going to serve as the framework for our Yoga Break discussions over the next several weeks. We're starting our exploration off today with a look at the first branch (Yama) so let's get... Continue Reading →

Yoga Break: The 8 Limbs of Yoga

When most of us think of yoga, the first place our minds go is to a classroom full of students perched precariously on sticky mats in various poses. Or, maybe you imagine an old Indian man seated in Lotus Pose chanting "om", a Lululemon store packed with funky leggings, or a posh, hazy-with-incense studio in... Continue Reading →

Yoga Break: Viparita Karani

If you're in need of a quick stop-drop-and-yoga pose or an interesting morsel of yoga wisdom to chew on throughout the week, Yoga Break is your stop. And, to kick off this week, we're going to lie back with our legs up the wall. Viparita Karani not only¬†feels relaxing, but as we'll also see, it's... Continue Reading →

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