types/paths to yoga

Teachers from various lineages have contributed to the evolution of yoga that is practiced in the West over the past hundred years. Here is an attempt to outline the paths to help you make your choice. The word 'yoga' was explained in the post 'what is yoga' . Now, lets define the words type and style before relating it to 'yoga'. Types versus Styles Frequently, the …

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last 3 limbs of raja yoga

Writing the introduction to Rāja Yoga and its first 5 limbs made me realize how difficult it is to write about spiritual practices. But it was a wonderful exercise in discovering what I have understood in order to convey the essence to you. At this stage, learning continues to be an intense study, with frequent challenges and rare aha moments, propelled by vacillating …

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first things first

"Faith is taking the first step even though you don't see the whole staircase." Martin Luther King Jr. There are many firsts in life; a first step, first bike-ride, first hike, first job. Yoga-asana practice, has many firsts as well - first yoga-mat, first yoga teacher, first yoga class, first yoga retreat, first yoga chant, first yoga text. Of course, if you didn’t have a ‘good first yoga’ impression, it is …

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in the beginning

"Start by doing what is necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible." St. Francis of Assisi They say everything must have a beginning. And on this journey too, there was a beginning. More aptly, many beginnings. In the beginning, growing up in Bengaluru, India, (the best city in the world - yes, I am partial) I don't recall hearing the word yoga. Then again, even if it was spoken all the time …

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