Viparita Karani is not just an anti-anxiety pose, but an act of meditation, dhyana… the key practice that leads to samadhi.
Yoga Precepts in the Indian Independence Movement The nonviolent campaign to free India from British rule, led by Mahatma Gandhi, relied on yogic ahimsa (nonviolence) and satya (truthfulness) to transform the political process. Subsequently, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. adopted these precepts in the American Civil Rights Movement. Gandhi’s goal was to convert his so-called enemies […]
Ganga, Yamuna, & Saraswati The images of river goddesses Ganga and Yamuna (Jamuna in Hindi) often flank the entrances of Hindu temples. Just as the sacred Ganges River flows from its source in the Himalayas to irrigate its plains, so has Mother Ganga descended from Heaven to give life to the dead and purify the […]
Some Western scholars have contended that modern asana practice is not rooted in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras (2nd c. B.C.E.), and that claiming so is a false, self-justifying, claim of provenance. I know the arguments well: only eleven asanas are described in Vyasa’s fifth century commentary on Patanjali (half of which are sitting asanas for meditation), […]
Introduction to Samkhya Metaphysics India is a land of diverse opinions and divergent viewpoints. Its culture has been described as a “salad bowl” (as opposed to our “melting pot”) containing many ingredients that remain uniquely distinct within the whole. At the core of this diversity are the six different schools of Indian philosophy. One of […]