Category Archives: Wisdom/Subtle Yoga

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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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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