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The Fifth Yama: Aparigraha

The Fifth Yama: Aparigraha

The final Yama is Aparigraha, meaning abstention from greed or non-coverting. BKS Iyengar gives the following definitions in Light of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali:   Freedom from avarice [extreme greed for wealth or material gain], non-acceptance of gifts, without possessions, without belongings. More info...

Asteya: non-stealing

Asteya: non-stealing

In the blogs over the last few weeks we have been looking at the first 2 Yamas of the 8 limbs of yoga as described in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras (Ahimsa and Satya).  The third of the 5 Yamas (Yoga-Sutra 2.30) is Asteya. More info...

Satya: truth

Satya: truth

The second Yama is Satya, meaning truthfulness.   “There is no virtue greater than truth; there is no sin greater than falsehood. Therefore a mortal being should take refuge in truth with his/her entire self.” (From Mahānirvāna-Tantra 4.45)   What is truth? More info...

Ahimsa: non-harming

Ahimsa: non-harming

Last week we looked at the Yamas - the moral observances that make up the first limb of the 8 limbs of the Yoga Sutras as described in The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. The first Yama is Ahimsa. This means non-harming. More info...

The Yamas - their relevance today

The Yamas - their relevance today

In last week’s blog I mentioned that Asana is the third limb of the 8 limbs of Yoga, as described in the second chapter of The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.   So today we are going to explore the first limb - the Yamas. More info...

What is Asana?

What is Asana?

What is asana?   It is a challenge to create a clear definition of yogasana. The word asana means ‘to sit’. From the outside it looks like a bodily exercise and is generally understood to mean a posture or pose. But is it more than a physical experience? Find out more about this enigmatic third limb of the eight limbs of Yoga... More info...

How do you sequence your practice?

How do you sequence your practice?

Work backwards. Whaaa?...   Work out firstly what you would like to achieve from your practice.    Defining the outcome your practice informs how to sequence your practice. It gives you the clues of how to commence. More info...

The illusive mind

The illusive mind

“Mind is the most corrupted agent there is. It can find answers and reasons for everything. It can justify anything.” More info...

Learn how to breathe...

Learn how to breathe...

A little while ago I ran my regular pranayama workshop. On the blackboard outside and had written:  “Learn how to breathe” and then the details of the workshop. I was about to start a class when I heard a guy say: “Look at that they’re teaching us how to breathe. Ha! I think I already know how to breathe!” More info...

Does anyone wear trousers any more?

Does anyone wear trousers any more?

What is it with the yoga pants? Irrespective of size or age they are seen everywhere, at any time. How did yoga get to this point? How did yoga get to Melbourne in 2020? Here is a snapshot of the history of yoga*: More info...

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