Lately I have attended a range of yoga classes around town and very much enjoyed them, with one minor catch. During classes, as well as in yoga focussed conversation, I’ve started to notice a lot of Sanskrit words pronounced, let’s just say, less than accurately. I’m sure to lots of yoga enthusiasts this is no … Continue reading For the love of (accurate) Sanskrit
This article raises some very interesting points for teachers and practitioners of mindfulness, which includes some yoga practises. Mindfulness: has it been hijacked by business or can it change lives?
Namaste! It's been a little while since my last blog. The honest truth is it all got a little bit much for me - end of semester assignments, moving house (twice), shifting and changing relationships, to keep up with blogging as well. The end of 2013 was indeed tumultuous! After all that I got on … Continue reading Namaste 2014!
The oṃ - we’ve all seen it on jewellery, wall hangings, bags and just about any other Yoga related item. A few students noticed me wearing an oṃ pendant and asked me what it means, and I’ve found it rather tricky to come up with a succinct answer! After doing some research I’m not … Continue reading Exploring the Meaning oṃ
Over the weekend I was pondering the nature of a peaceful mind, or rather a not so peaceful one, as the case may be. Both Vedanta and Buddhism discus disturbances in the mind as having their origins in craving for things that are pleasant, and aversion to things that are not pleasant. Most of us … Continue reading śāntiḥ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ
Within some Hindu traditions a common practice on the commencement of a new project, is to honor the god Ganesha. One of Ganesha’s main agencies is the clearing away of obstacles. As a yoga teacher and student of south asian religion and wisdom traditions, I’ve decided this would be an appropriate beginning to this blog. … Continue reading Om gam ganapataye namaha!