When life is tough and things are changing around you that you can't control, I recommend we anchor ourselves in a gentle spiritual practice. Be present, be the warrior 1, 2 or 3, show up, no matter what is happening around you, see yourself from within and breathe and feel things shift. This is how yoga can help us find
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According to what we see in the yoga studios in the west and to the point of view shared in the documentary Yoga and diversity, it is 100% true that yoga space is occupied by privileged, white and educated women.
've just come back from my second teacher training immersion in Mysore, India. I have been studying under the guidance of one of the best yoga teachers from the source of the yogic practices, Yogacharya Vinay Kumar, the founder of Prana Vashya Yoga in Mysore!
I remember when I first started practicing ashtanga on a daily basis I become obsessed with how long it took to reach certain pose. It happens because we practice the same sequence for days but sometimes for weeks or even for months we are stuck at one pose we can not achieve. And then we tend to turn on the stop watch and start to count down until we finally put this leg behind our head.
Yoga is a deep subject , almost bottomless , but if you would like to study about it, you should start from the very beginning. I wrote this post, as a consultation with my students, to explain what exactly are the 8 limbs of Raja Yoga
In this post I will write about Niyamas - the second limb of yoga and its relation to our practice of asanas on the mat. Niyamas are the 'dos', which means they are the core values of a yogi that aspires to reach higher levels of consciousness. There are 5 Niyamas, just the exact same as Yamas, and they include: