Learn About Yoga

Deepen your understanding of yoga by exploring the philosophical aspects of this ancient practice. Learn about the history of yoga, get an overview of the major yogic texts, and learn more about the chakras, the body’s energy centers and their relationship to health and wellness. We’ve also included a section on using asanas to treat common ailments and conditions as well as a compressive list of our articles on yoga.


Yoga Poses for Back Strain

An acute strain can be caused by a trauma, an injury, or by over-stressing or over-stretching the muscles. A strain produces symptoms of mild to moderate pain, muscle spasms, decreased… Read More→

Yoga Poses for Knee Pain

Knee pain can be alleviated through practice of both yoga postures that stretch and strengthen the muscles around the knee joint. Make sure that the knee stays in line with… Read More→

Yoga Poses for Hip Pain

Hip pain can be alleviated through practice of yoga postures that stretch and strengthen the muscles around the hip joint. Make sure that the knees do not experience any pain… Read More→

Yoga Poses for Anxiety

Besides the calming effects of a general yoga practice, restorative poses, inversions and forward bends are especially calming to the body and mind, helping to reduce and prevent excessive anxiety…. Read More→

Back Pain

Yoga is an excellent therapy for healing sore and injured back muscles, reducing recovery time, preventing re-injury, and reducing the risk of disability from back pain. Yoga helps alleviate lower… Read More→

Anxiety

Recent medical studies have shown that a regular practice of yoga and meditation is effective at lowering levels of anxiety. Excessive anxiety can be alleviated through a slow, gentle yoga… Read More→

Arthritis

There is no known cure for arthritis, but several studies have shown yoga effective for reducing and even eliminating the symptoms of this disease. A gentle yoga practice is recommended,… Read More→

Hatha Yoga: The Physical Path

What we commonly call yoga in the West is technically Hatha Yoga. Hatha Yoga (ha="sun" tha="moon") attains the union of mind-body-spirit though a practice of asanas (yoga postures), pranayama (yoga… Read More→

History of Yoga

Yoga’s history has many places of obscurity and uncertainty due to its oral transmission of sacred texts and the secretive nature of its teachings. The early writings on yoga were… Read More→

Challenge Yourself

To go deeper into your practice of yoga, it is necessary to challenge your body-mind-spirit on occasion. Use these four powerful techniques in combination or by themselves to challenge yourself… Read More→

The Four Ashramas of Yoga

The traditional Indian culture promoted four Ashramas, or stages of spiritual life, that provided a simple framework of life planning for the spiritual aspirant. Each Ashrama defined a level of… Read More→

Yoga for Fatigue

We all have experienced common bouts of fatigue as a normal response to over-exertion, emotional stress, boredom, or lack of sleep.This common experience of low energy and/or motivation can usually… Read More→

Yoga for Anxiety

While anxiety (feelings of worry, fear and tension) is a normal reaction to stress, a constant state of anxiety or excessive levels of anxiety is a primary symptom of an… Read More→

Yoga Therapy for Colds and Flu

While we all are bound to suffer from the occasional cold or flu, the practicing yogi/yogini is less likely to come down with the sniffles, and when he/she does, tends… Read More→

Yoga for Insomnia

Insomnia is a sleep disorder that is characterized by difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, waking too early, and/or feeling tired upon waking. Acute insomnia (lasting from one night to a… Read More→

Yoga for Purifying Mind, Body and Spirit

Purification (shaucha) is a central aim of all the yogic practices, and is the first principle of self-discipline (niyama) in Patanjali’s eight-limbed approach. The yogis have discovered that impurities in… Read More→

Sankhya’s Map of the Universe

Sankhya philosophy, one of the oldest and most influential of the six systems (darshans) of Indian thought, has had a profound impact on the beliefs, values and concepts used in… Read More→

Shiva, the Three-Eyed One

With over 100 different names attributed to him, Shiva is known to have the most complicated symbolism, qualities and representation of all the Hindu deities. Overall, Shiva is revered for… Read More→

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