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The importance of sequence in yoga

Vinyasa, as commonly understood, consists of moving from one asana or body position to another, combining breathing with the movement. This is a word popularised by my guru T. Krishnamacharya in his teachings and has become part of the yoga lexicon.

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Yoga for students

The science of Yoga is the link between the purpose and the type of practice. The art of Yoga is the link between the person (who) and their purpose (why) used to define their practice (what). This is because the specific means employed are likely to vary depending upon...

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Find that equilibrium

With today's technological advances and information boom, there are countless options to maintain good health. And yet, a dispassionate observer can clearly sense that, somehow, somewhere, something deeply fundamental is missing.

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Put some heart into it

There is an ancient way of expressing the goal of yoga practice. It is part metaphor, part instruction. When we hear the word ‘heart’ in ancient yoga texts and the Upanishads, it does not refer to the physical organ pumping away inside our chests.

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Have the will to practice yoga daily

Yoga is something you do for yourself. No one else can do it for you, nor can you do it for someone else. In essence, it is an intensely individual pursuit. To this, add the fact that no one person is exactly like another in body and mind, and...

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Yoga should lead to positive changes

Yoga is a pathway to positive changes in body and mind. But most people practise it not because they have a specific transformation in mind but simply because yoga makes them feel good. Not all positive change in life necessarily feels good at the outset.

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Bring transformation with yoga

Yoga has come a long way from its ancient roots. The milieu in which we practise nowadays is vastly different from that of a thousand years ago. In the olden days, the yogi was practising alone. Now people practise in groups.

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Get out of the action cycle

All the practices of yoga are directed towards the attainment of a steady state of mind. Transition to such a state of mind is not possible for ordinary people like us in whom the compulsion to act is deeply ingrained. Since we cannot stop acting, we must enter the...

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Doubt is healthy

Is a teacher necessary to learn yoga? Before answering that question, let’s ask this first: what are you learning? If what you are learning is unsound, it makes no difference whether you learn it under the personal guidance of a guru or from a book.

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Keep an eye on the causes

Ancient Indian logic makes the straightforward postulate that there is no effect without a cause. There may be occurrences whose causes we are unable to learn, but a cause must still exist in reality even if we do not see it. However, there is a difference between proximal and...

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