Yoga Peacock Pose

This is an extension of Yoga Peacock Pose. Again learn the mechanics of the movement before attempting breath synchronization. Often considerable creaking of joints will be heard, even in young …

Yoga Pigeon Pose

Yoga component Aeroplane Yoga Pigeon Pose This exercise introduces arm movements. First practise the mechanics of the exercise, and then add the one-and-two-and-three-pause – breathing timing to movements. a. Stand …

Yoga Plow Pose

Yoga Plow Pose Yoga component 1. Stand, stretch and breathe The idea in this first exercise is to try to feel taller and to learn rhythmic breathing. a. Stand naturally, …

The Sramanas and Kshatriyas

We shall now have a look at the groups where (1) meditative (2) ascetic practices leading to (3) liberation of the soul – my proto-definition of yoga – emerged as …

Proto-yoga practices

The social and cultural conditions of protoyoga Key Concepts Kshatriyas Ritual suicide Sramana groups Still-mind meditation Immovable Self Sramana as intellectuals Karma Samsara Path of mortification Metaphysics of release Our …

Brahmins

Why change if you are in power? Sociologically the pre-Axial Brahmins had been a dominant group representing and protecting the old Vedic society. This makes it difficult to explain why …

What Is Meditation?

Holding your breath, bring your right foot back to join the left, and straighten both legs. Your shoulders should stay over your wrists. Your arms should be vertical and your …

The Mindful Body

Ten years ago, Roy Bergmann was an avid runner and a successful commercial banker. He also suffered with terrible back pain. He recalls those years as some of the most …