Category Archives: Wisdom/Subtle Yoga

Bhairava mudra meditation for harmony and balance

Bhairava mudra is one of a few mudras - yogic hand gestures - that are commonly taken for meditation practice. I find it gives an instant feeling of peacefulness. Traditionally, the right hand is placed on top of the left. Both hands rest in the lap during meditation. Bhairava mudra is said to harmonise the…
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Creating the perfect space for home practice

Find a quiet retreat for the practice of yoga, sheltered from the wind, level and clean, free from rubbish, smouldering fires, and ugliness, and where the sound of waters and the beauty of the place help thought and contemplation. Svetasvatara Upanishad As a teenager many years ago, I visited my late maternal grandmother's home on…
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The secrets of sustainable self-practice

On this path effort never goes to waste, and there is no failure. Bhagavad Gita Yoga self-practice i.e. independent practice without a teacher, is such a common stumbling block. No time, no space, not experienced enough, no motivation. The list of reasons for not doing it seems endless. Or we begin with good intentions, and…
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Sankalpa: the power of intention

The word sankalpa is most commonly translated as resolve, resolution, intention or affirmation. I like to think of sankalpa as the wisdom of the heart. Sankalpa is a potent part of the practice of yoga nidra, enabling a particular possibility to manifest within us. It guides and sustains the direction of our life and is deeply rooted…
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