Category Archives: Wisdom/Subtle Yoga

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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Hasta prana mudras: breathe fully, hone energy

When I first came across mudras I immediately noticed a subtle and deep shift in my experience and practice. They are one of the practices that make you realise that there is something very special about yoga. Yoga is a mystical tradition after all. (Traditionally mudras were considered so powerful that they were to be kept secret…
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Alternate nostril breathing: balance, clarity and the energy body

If you have limited time for pranayama - yoga's breathing techniques - nadi shodhana or alternate nostril breathing is the most important one. The Hatha Yoga Pradipika (a medieval yoga manual if you like) lists nadi shodhana as a precursor to pranayama practice. It's a gem of a practice that brings glimpses of serenity to…
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Releasing fear through yoga

At first we might think yoga is all about bliss and relaxation. The truth is, yoga can make us feel uncomfortable. It’s a great teacher, because how we practice mirrors how we live our life. Unsettling emotions can start to pop up. Feelings or thoughts we didn’t know were (still) there can surprise us. Fear…
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