The Globalization of Yoga

Globalization: A term so widely used as to be virtually meaningless, it nonetheless captures the process by which modern yoga has spread, from east to west and back again. Today… Read More→

Paradoxes of Yogaspeak

Why do yoga instructors sometimes make seemingly paradoxical statements? As a student of yoga, it’s hard not to observe when your instructor says one thing, followed by a statement with… Read More→

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YogaBasics Premium Membership has been created to better guide you in the practice of yoga, from showing you how to sequence postures to using yoga as a tool for healing… Read More→

The Second Chakra: Sensual

Svadhisthana (sweetness), or Sacral Chakra

Svadhisthana (sweetness), or Sacral Chakra, is located at the lower abdomen between the belly button and pubic bone. It is symbolized by the color orange and a lotus with six… Read More→

Ayurveda and Yoga

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Ayurveda, the healing system native to India, has been practiced for millennia. Along with yoga, it is based on the Vedas, Sanskrit texts that date as far back as 1,500… Read More→

The Power of Shakti

Shakti is the dynamic force animating all of creation, which gives us life and moves the planets in a cosmic dance called “lila.” This universal energy is considered feminine in… Read More→

Yoga for Weight Loss? The Latest

Several blogs recently cued the yoga blogosphere’s perennial debate: yoga for weight loss. Yet while a vocal minority of yoga practitioners do lose weight, does this represent everyone’s experience? Is… Read More→

New to Yoga?

To get the most out of our site, we suggest you take some time to explore before jumping into the practice. Browse our yoga 101 section for general info on the history and types of yoga, then start exploring asanas the physical postures used in hatha yoga. Remember to breathe and always start your yoga practice with a brief meditation. If you are new to yoga, please read our Yoga for Beginner's page

Yogic Wisdom

There is only one important point you must keep in your mind and let it be your guide. No matter what people call you, you are just who you are. Keep to this truth. You must ask yourself how is it you want to live your life. We live and we die, this is the truth that we can only face alone. No one can help us, not even the Buddha. So consider carefully, what prevents you from living the way you want to live your life?
- The Dalai Lama


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