The Ashtanga Opening Chant

The Ashtanga Opening Chant It's Meaning and why we chant it The Ashtanga Yoga Opening ChantIn the Ashtanga Yoga tradition it is customary to come to samasthiti and chant the opening mantra (sometimes referred to as “invocation”) together. In the once a...

Yoga Sutra 1.1 atha yoganusasanam

Yoga Sutra 1.1 atha yoganusasanam "Now the complete teachings for contemplative harmony"The yoga sutras are one of the major texts of the practice and theory of yoga. Compiled by the scholar Patanjali around 500-400 CE, the yoga sutras are comprised by four chapters...

Future Suffering is to be avoided

heyaṁ duḥkham-anāgatam Future Suffering is to be avoided Every third Friday of the month we have our traditional Sanskrit Counted led Full Primary (instead of the Morning Mysore class), followed by a 45-60 min yoga philosophy talk.  The counted class is an excellent...

Tristana – Anchors

Tristana Harnessing the present experience to still the "monkey mind" On TristanaAshtanga yoga is a physical practice of inward concentration. But what does inward concentration actually mean here?This aspect of the practice is also popping up in the Yoga Sutras,...

The Bhavanas

The four qualities of the mind that allow for progress in practice The Bhavanas The BhavanasThis goes back to something I posted on Facebook a while back, but the bhavans are at the very root of progress in our practice! Take some time to read and observe your...