Introduction to the Three Doshas of Ayurveda

Before coming to Shree Hari Yoga School a month ago, I was admittedly a layman when it came to the topic of Ayurveda.  I was briefed on some basic facets of the subject in my yoga teacher training, but since then never dover deeper into it.  We were very fortunate to have a guest teacher…

The Limb By Limb Series

The Eight Limbs of Yoga–Part IX Welcome back to the Limb by Limb Series!  The Eight Limbs of Yoga, as written by the great Patanjali, outlines a way of living in order to achieve happiness and peace within.  Each limb offers a different approach, beginning with ethics and self-discipline, then the physical body and breath,…

The Limb By Limb Series

The Eight Limbs of Yoga–part VIII “As you think, so you become.”  ~Patanjali Welcome back to the Limb by Limb Series.  As most of you already know, Patanjali wrote a a blueprint on how to live a content and compassionate life called the Eight Limbs of Yoga.  A couple weeks ago I discussed the 5th limb…

Mantra Japa

“Om namah shivaya”  “Om namah shivaya.”  “Om namah shivaya.” ….. To clear the mind is indeed a difficult task.  Meditation is something that many people, myself included, have struggled greatly with.  My students often ask me about ways in which they can learn how to meditate, and I often respond with the approach that has…

The Limb By Limb Series

The Eight Limbs of Yoga–Part VII Time for some more study of the Eight Limbs of Yoga!  The Eight Limbs of Yoga come from the yoga sutras of Patanjali, and are a blueprint for how to live a life of contentment and compassion.  In the last Limb by Limb entry, I delved into the 4th…

Perception

During my trip to Bali some years ago now, I stumbled upon a book shop where I found The Oxford Anthology of Modern Indian Poetry.  I was on my way to India for the first time from there and as a huge lover of poetry and Indian culture all my life, I bought the book. …

Limb By Limb Series

The Eight Limbs of Yoga-Part VI “Where the mind goes, the prana follows.”  The Great South Indian saint, Thirumular, shared this truth many eons ago.  The word Prana literally means breath or vitality.  It is a cosmic force that gives life to everything.  Without it, nothing would move or function.  Because prana is difficult to control, but…

A Dedication to My Yoga Student

“Learn to lead a dedicated life.  Whatever you do, do it for others…..The entire life is an open book, a scripture.  Read it.  Learn while digging a pit or chopping some wood or cooking some food.  If you can’t learn from your daily activities, how are you going to understand the scriptures?”  This was Sri…

The Limb By Limb Series

Eight Limbs of Yoga-Part V Welcome back to the Limb By Limb Series which serves as a tool to introduce Patanjali’s Eight Limbs of Yoga as described in the Yoga Sutras.  Each limb is a step on the path toward living a more virtuous, healthy and happy life.  So far I have covered the first…

What does Yoga really do to my mind and body?

  Yoga is increasingly becoming more and more popular and the benefits of Yoga are now well known. Many people of all ages are turning to Yoga as a source of release from the daily tensions that arise in our busy lifestyles. Others are utilizing Yoga for physical exercise but what many don’t realize is…