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Classical Yoga & Yoga Sutra's of Sage Patanjali
Classical Yoga is based on Sage Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. This entire book consisting of 196 sutras can fit into one single page. Each sutra however is loaded with meaning. This scientific study of the human mind still holds true 2500 years after it was written. More...

The 8 Fold Path of Yoga

Yoga - A Preparation For Meditation
Meditation is not something we can do, it just happens like falling asleep. We can prepare for it. For example, we brush our teeth, change into comfortable clothes, lie in bed and wait for sleep to come. Similarly the entire 8 fold path of yoga is a preparation for reaching self realisation, meditation being a very important aid in achieving this goal.

Ahimsa
Ahimsa
 Yama (restraints or don’t s). It is non violence, not hurting or harming of other living beings or yourself in thought, word or deed. Since Osho has written so beautifully about ahimsa, I am going to share his words from The Essence of Yoga.Ahimsa is a passive state which simply says that “I will not hurt you”. This of course does not guarantee that you will not be hurt since we create our own wounds and our own misery.

Be Selfish!
We are all selfish beings, but misguided about where our happiness and well being lies. This is very apparent when we see the state of the planet and how we are systematically consuming our way to its destruction. As a part of nature, we are all subject to her laws. When you help others, you simultaneously help yourself; when you harm others, you simultaneously harm yourself.

Kriya Yoga
Kriya Yoga refers to the Yoga of action. Self Discipline, Self study and Devotion to God is the Yoga of Action. More...

Yogic Action - Reducing your personal ecological footprint.
This idea that we need to act consciously and with care is repeated in all spiritual disciplines.
I used to consider each natural disaster to be natures revenge! I don't think nature is vengeful though, only humans are! I realised that I need to make small changes in the way I use/eat/consume my way through life.

Concentration - A natural ability of the mind.
In my last blog post I mentioned my lack of concentration. However, today at 5:30 am after having spent most of the night trying to sleep because my mind cannot let go of something that upset me yesterday; I have come to the conclusion that my mind does have the ability to be one pointed and focused. What is apparently lacking is being able to focus on the positive, wholesome and healthy with the same effortlessness!

Yoga as a Way of Life

Responsibility - an ugly word?!
Responsibility comes from 2 words: Response and ability, simply meaning your ability to respond. During my Yoga teacher's training at the Santacruz Yoga Institute, it was always emphasised that we need to learn how to react less and respond more and more to the various situations we face daily. Below I have tried to explore the reasons why responding is so difficult for me.

AHAR : Recipe for Baba Ganoush (Arabic Aubergine Dip)
You are what you eat! Hence Yoga emphasises that we eat small meals of fresh, healthy and wholesome food at regular intervals. AHAR or a Yogic diet is one of the pillars of yogic living. Praying before you eat, being thankful and grateful for all the people and circumstances which made it possible for this food on your plate; tends to make the food even more delicious!

VIHAR or Yogic Recreation
A yogic life style involves 4 aspects: AHAR (healthy food), ACHARA (a routine which provides enough time for yourself, family, freinds, work, eating, sleeping, exercising, playing and resting at the appropriate time), VIHARA (recreational activity) and VICHAR (thoughts).

Yogic Action - Reducing your personal ecological footprint.
This idea that we need to act consciously and with care is repeated in all spiritual disciplines.
I used to consider each natural disaster to be natures revenge! I don't think nature is vengeful though, only humans are! I realised that I need to make small changes in the way I use/eat/consume my way through life.

Parikarmas -Developing friendliness or MAITRI
Today I woke up in a perfectly good mood, somewhere along the way, I found myself snapping at my housekeeper and my father's friend who called to chat. Almost immediately I realised I was being mean and went out of my way to make amends. So how about sharing a feeling of Friendliness or Maitri with other people with the same generosity we show when sharing our bad mood!

The Art of Receiving Gracefully
 I always have a problem receiving gracefully whether it is a compliment, present or love. In my mind I was always a giver hence I am not comfortable receiving. But aren't giving and receiving 2 sides of the same coin? How can one have the ability to give generously but not be able to receive?

ACHAR or a daily routine : Are you a procrastinator? Join the club!
Do you find yourself putting off, waiving, tabling, suspending, deferring, adjourning and delaying certain things in your life repeatedly?! I often find myself in this situation.

 
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