The Practice of Yoga

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.

Meditation Basics

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: Yoga Poses

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.


Pranayama: Yoga Breathing

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.



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

Surrender appears easy because people imagine that, once they say with their lips ‘I surrender’ and put their burdens on their Lord, they can be free and do what they like. But the fact is that you can have no likes or dislikes after your surrender; your will should become completely non-existent, the Lord’s will taking its place.
-Sri Ramana Maharshi
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