5 Forms of Prana

There are five main vayus of prana within our bodies that govern different systems and movements. By working with the vayus, a yogi can bring balance to the physiological systems and functions of the mind. Let us start first with the definition of prana.┬áPrana is the Sanskrit word for life force, the energy that makesContinue reading “5 Forms of Prana”

Faded Summer, Vibrant Autumn

It is that time of year! The cool winds from the North have chased our Summer breezes away, bringing with them the enticing hues of slowly changing leaves, the scent of crisp mornings, and sounds of harvest. As the season change, so do our practices. We begin different routines, shop for different things, and usuallyContinue reading “Faded Summer, Vibrant Autumn”

5 Koshas

Koshas are layers of our consciousness that we sheath our minds in. Koshas translated literally means sheath. I like to reference them as layers, which effectively makes me think of the Shrek quote about onions. Koshas are like onions. They are layers that lead to the inner truth of ourselves, our true consciousness, our purityContinue reading “5 Koshas”

Meditating…in the Garden

It has been a beautiful day. The sun shone with the brilliance of the first nice day, bringing hope for the adventures only summer can bring. The happy, smiling faces of daisies dancing in the wind, the budding blossoms on the chives plant. With each weed that is pulled, birds chirp wildly nearby, bouncing alongContinue reading “Meditating…in the Garden”

A Saturday Meditation

Saturday’s are usually my favorite days. Honestly, there is nothing better to me than waking up next to my husband, cuddled up under the blankets, with Momma (our cat) curled up on my side. Best way to wake up, ever! After whispering to each other, because the morning is too peaceful to be loud, hubbyContinue reading “A Saturday Meditation”

A Balancing Act

“Balance is beautiful” Miyoko Ohno It can truly be an art form, balancing yourself, your life, your work…everything in life requires balance. From balancing your check book to your mind. I imagine this to be a scale, a giant scale, with fairies plopping words or symbols that represent things in my life on each side,Continue reading “A Balancing Act”

Satya

The second yama following ahimsa is satya, truthfulness. I went back and re-read pada II.30 from Pantanjali‘s Sutras and the following commentary to realign myself with the text, as well as a post on this yama from our instructor. Complete honesty, with harming none, is the point of the yama. It ties back into theContinue reading “Satya”

Self-Analysis and Swami Sivananda

Morning! Before going to work today I was looking at videos on YouTube.com about yoga. Recently I have pondered a lot about self-inspection and self-analysis. This theme ties in deeply with the Samhain ritual last week, and the idea that with self-analysis and meditation we can begin anew. Samhain is the Witche’s New Year, andContinue reading “Self-Analysis and Swami Sivananda”

Ahimsa

Reminded today of the first step in living yoga, my instructor posted about ahimsa, the first of the eight limbs of yoga. Now it discussed ahimsa and how it relates to compassion for all living things, pointing towards living a vegetarian lifestyle because true compassion for all livings things would make a carnivorous lifestyle disgusting.Continue reading “Ahimsa”