Yoga theory applied

Application and adaptation of yoga techniques and philosophy


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A step to find peace

Posted on December 16, 2015 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Finding peace is more about removing the obstacles to it, than adding things to our life!

What prevents us from finding peace? Each one has to find his or her own answer. But usually our concerns are the main reason. We worry about the outcome of our actions or about things, which we cannot control.

Yoga gives us some advice about this: detachment!

We should be able to do what we are supposed to do; we should do our best and detach from the results of our actions. After all,...

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What is the difference between posture and asana?

Posted on February 11, 2015 at 12:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Although “posture” (or “pose”;) and “âsana” are often used as synonyms, there are some very large differences.

I remember my first yoga teacher: she would not be happy at all if we spoke of postures using the word âsana.

An example will illustrate the difference: many years ago, I saw a video of a known actress showing some yoga poses. She was perfect in the execution of those poses! She could even smile to the camera! (…?) It wa...

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Prana Mudra

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (1)

Prâna Mudrâ is a very ancient exercise, that was kept secret for many centuries...

It was one of the favorite exercises of my students :) It is a way of collecting energy from the Cosmos and bringing it to your system. It can replace relaxation or even a breath control exercise at the end of your practice. Also, if you are in a place with "good energy", you can perform it in order to absorb that energy.

First you need to be comfortably sitting down, with your ver...

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Compassion (karuna) and yoga practice

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (1)

n Yoga-Sutra (I.33), Patanjali says that we should feel compassion (karuna) for those who are in pain. This pain may be physical or any kind of psychological pain.

Exactly what is compassion? How can we develop this quality through our yoga practice?

According to what I learnt, compassion has four phases:

- First we need to be able to realize that someone is in pain;

- Then we should be able to understand this pain; in other words we should be able to feel what this p...

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Do you feel as if you were stagnating?

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

When someone practices yoga, the results start to appear. We can feel an improvement in our physical health, we can feel that our mind is clearer and more peaceful; we can gain a deeper understanding of ourselves and even have psychic or spiritual experiences. All this makes us feel really enthusiastic about our practice!

But many practitioners can go through periods of time that can last for months, when “nothing” seems to happen: they have no new experiences and even those...

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Your breath is the mirror of your psyche

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Breath is an automatic function of our body. We are not always aware that we are breathing, nor of how we are breathing and yet… we breathe.

Breathing is composed by four phases: inhalation, holding after inhaling, exhalation and holding after exhaling (holding the breath after inhaling or exhaling is not always present). The time we take to perform each of these phases constitutes the rhythm of our breath at that moment. This rhythm can change. It is influenced by our need of oxy...

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Have you ever felt that one of your nostrils breaths longer than the other?

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)

This can be a problem if you are trying to practice a prânâyâma technique that involves breathing (inhaling, exhaling or both) through one nostril at a time, with a rhythm.

Do you know how to fix it?

Well, there are probably several ways, but I am going to tell you one my teacher told us:

1- Stand with your feet together; it will help if you are bare feet.

2 - Place your index finger, pointing to your navel, touching it. Your finger should be perpendicul...

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How is your cup of tea?

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (1)

A man had been studying and practicing in order to attaint illumination, but… without success. He heard of an old master and decided to go and study with him. Arriving at the master’s home, he presented himself and they started to talk. He explained he was not a beginner: he bragged about all the subjects he had been studying and how he had been practicing for years. Even so, he had not reached illumination yet. So, he wanted to see if the old master could teach him something he d...

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Living life fully

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Our most sacred gift is life! But do we really live our lives fully? Or do we waste part of them without being aware of that?

Our mind tends to travel to the past, or to possible (or impossible…) future scenarios. When this happens we waste the present, the only time when we live. The past is gone; and nobody knows what the future will be…

Memory is very important, because without it we would not learn! And it is important to be able to imagine and foresee coming event...

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The power of silence

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Words are important to convey our thoughts, to communicate. But how often do we use them with full awareness of their meaning? How many people do you know who talk for hours… and say nothing? How many people talk just not to be silent? Or just as if they needed to hear themselves? Why would silence be uncomfortable? What happens when we are silent?

I had a group that was being trained to become yoga therapists. They were very balanced people and I thought it was opportune to propo...

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