Some insights on the practice of asana and "Dynamic Extension" from Light on Life by BKS Iyengar: "Extension and expansion always stay firmly rooted in one's center. They originate in the core of one's being. When most people stretch, they simply stretch to the point they are trying to reach, but the forget to extend… Continue reading Dynamic Extension
Facing death, illness, aging, loss and separation often bring about a fundamental shift in priorities. Situations which bring to light our mortality and interdependence can be catalyst for deep transformation. The understanding that the time of death is unknown, and that there is nothing material that we can take with us, can arouse a fundamental… Continue reading My Actions are My Only True Belongings
Yoga Sutra I. 12 Abhyasa vairagyambhyam tannirodhah Practice and detachment are the means to still the movements of consciousness. BKS Iyengar (trans) According to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the principles of abhyasa and vairagya are the two wings of yoga sadhana (practice). Abhyasa means "effort of long duration, without interruption, preformed with devotion which… Continue reading Abhyasa and Vairagya
The first time I heard the word samskara, I was on a 10-day Vipsasana retreat at an SN Goenka Center. In some of Goenka ji's talks he mentioned that the practice of meditation, or more precisely, the experience of insight, can actually burn up or purify the samskaras. Even though I only barely touched what… Continue reading Samskaras and Burning the Seeds of Habit
In the "Hints and Cautions for the Practice of Asana" in Light on Yoga, BKS Iyengar writes that the qualities demanded from an aspirant are discipline, faith, tenacity and perseverance. These are the very qualities that came to mind when I thought of what I admired most about BKS Iyengar. The quality of discipline has… Continue reading What I admire about BKS Iyengar
Classically, in the Bhagavad Gita, there are four main branches of Yoga: Jnana (path of knowledge), Dhyana (meditation), Karma (selfless action), Bhakti (devotion). Here, I will focus on the Yoga Sutras as complied by Patanjali, called Astanga yoga or Patanjali yoga. I have been blessed to study Patanjali yoga with two long-time students of Yogacharya… Continue reading What is Yoga?
On April 2nd, Dillon and I arrived in New Delhi at 1:30am after about 20 hours of air travel. Stopping in Shanghai, our trip to India started by visiting two giant cities with serious environmental pollution. It has been alarming to see a grey/brown sky with no horizon in sight. The hot sun of Delhi… Continue reading Arrived In India