Yoga Asana Series
Opening the spine in yoga
Some yoga asana practitioners consider back bends to be as challenging or even more challenging than inversions, especially as they highlight any structural weakness or existing trauma within the spine and cause pain.
The term ‘back bend’ is erroneous and highly misleading. What we are talking about is an extension and flexion because if you think about the shape of the spine, when it bends there is a compression on one side and an expansion on the other.
Within yoga asana, especially when doing back bends, the idea is to lengthen the spine is much as possible creating space between the vertebrae and expanding the inter-vertebral discs. Then throughout the
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Yoga Asana Series
The science of human physicality
Preparing and celebrating the body as a temple
Yoga asanas (Hatha Yoga) are the physical exercises or the physicality of Yoga and they are taught world wide for many purposes. For some it’s about health and fitness, for others it’s about health recovery and a greater sense of ease in body and mind.
While asana can be any exercise or body position performed consciously that has a positive purpose and supports life, asana is about experiencing the distinction that we are not our bodies and that in fact our bodies are complex technological mechanisms.
Through yoga practises including asana, one comes to view one’s body as a vehicle in which to
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Or avoiding another mass extinction event
The Doomsday Clock was created in 1947 to represent how close we are to a global catastrophe. It’s maintained by the members of The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ Science and Security Board.
The group of scientists, including 16 Nobel Laureates, announced this morning that we have moved dangerously close to all-out disaster. The Clock’s recent advance to two and a half minutes means that scientists and experts agree that we are teetering on the brink of societal collapse or an apocalyptic scale nuclear war, which symbolically occurs at midnight on their scale.
In the years since the Clock was created we have only been this close to midnight once, in 1953 when the
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Why the fuss?
A face of India
Mention those two words ‘new yoga’ and people’s brains quite literally turn to mush. But let’s go back to the origin of the word yoga which means to unite meaning to ‘unite the individual consciousness to the universal consciousness’ and at the end of the day it has little to do with the body even though for most people this is a starting point.
If we go far enough back in history, clothing was only for a temporary protection from the elements or to protect the skin in certain occupations and people had no issue with nudity. Being dressed in one’s own skin is perfectly normal and natural, but what has happened
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The Art and Science Known as Yoga
The great sage Agusteya Muni who introduced yoga and the art of living known as Sanatana Dharma to India
A system or a methodology for maintaining the health and fitness of the body and the mind. The practice of yoga is about initially connecting and understanding relationship between oneself as a human being and the body which is the vehicle for being human.
For many the process of yoga begins with training the body to keep it healthy and strong, but also to understand it as a vehicle for life. In training the body the mind is also trained because where the body goes, the mind must go and with practice the
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Entering the light
Enlightenment is a term especially common within Buddhism, Hinduism, Yoga and Tantra, but the idea of ‘seeing the light’ is a common expression in most cultures implying that the seer has realised something of importance.
What enlightenment means in an ultimate sense is to know the nature of existence or the meaning of life. This may sound far fetched and even irrelevant in terms of day to day living, work, paying bills, keeping up with people, gossip and struggling to survive.
This survival struggle is punctuated by moments of learning, pleasure and perhaps real joy. But so often these moments are the result of external things happening. For example people feel good on payday, they feel great
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Do you want to live and be happy?
Were it not for our technology, the knowledge of the world at War and all the atrocities that go on would be a distant rumour that would have taken months to circle the globe. But last week when a naive and excited young girl went on a date with a Muslim man she thought charming and safe, images of her dismembered corpse appeared in the world media the next day.
While our media is full of horror stories and it seems like Doomsday is fast approaching, how do we make sense or even retain any semblance of sanity? Our politicians are playing games with our lives for the betterment of their
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A foundational practise
Most people understand that activities go better with some planning and while some things that occur spontaneously can be brilliant, some can go horribly wrong. Meditation grounds us in a reality that leads to a harmonious life and success.
Whatever we do, we want to be successful but sometimes the best planning and our most sincere actions don’t always result in success. But if we look at some of the people who meditate, they range from executives within the world’s most successful companies to ordinary people who want to achieve the best out of life.
Many meditators say that meditation is actually instinctive and this is borne out by the fact that usually before we commence any
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Fact or fiction?
There is no general consensus as to the reason we orgasm or any agreement as to what it actually does. We know that it floods the body with some feelgood chemicals and that it’s a deeper sexual experience which helps to facilitate social bonds.
There is some debate as to whether or not the male ejaculation counts as an orgasm or if it is simply a release mechanism for accumulated stress, but there is no doubt that orgasms are very important for women, so much so that in the 1700s and 1800s, masturbation became a commonly used treatment for what men called women’s hysteria.
There is no doubt that life can be very frustrating and good sex
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