There are two unique components in yoga—the philosophy and the practice. These two create a powerful interplay, with each informing and refining the other, to forge a unity of body-mind-spirt. Both the practice and philosophy of yoga have a long history and a rich depth of knowledge and are both essential aspects to examine and investigate. In our yoga practice section we primarily focus on the techniques and practices of hatha yoga, the physical or forceful path of yoga.
Yoga for Beginners
Our Yoga for Beginners guide will give you all the tips, guidelines and recommendations you will need to start a successful yoga practice.
In our Meditation Basics section you will find the tools needed to focus and still your mind. The techniques of meditation are simple and easy to learn, but the ability to keep the mind focused takes time, patience and practice. The benefits of a regular meditation practice include reduction of stress, tension, anxiety and frustration, as well as improved memory, concentration, inner peace and whole body well-being.
Asana is defined as “posture or pose;” its literal meaning is “seat.” We have over 100 yoga poses in our asana index with full instructions and multi-photo illustrations. Yoga postures are combined together to create a flow or sequence of poses.
Pranayamas are breathing exercises developed by the ancient yogis for purification. Prana translates into “life force energy” and Yama translates into “control or mastery of.” Thus, Pranyama is used to control, cultivate, and modify the Prana in the body.
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
These days, my practice is teaching me to embrace imperfection: to have compassion for all the ways things haven't turned out as I planned, in my body and in my life – for the ways things keep falling apart, and failing, and breaking down. It's less about fixing things, and more about learning to be present for exactly what is.