• 21Aug

    http://m.bbc.com/news/magazine-28867890

  • 13Apr

    http://www.livemint.com/Leisure/HwPySZf2iADJ9Zi2FHPGAI/BKS-Iyengar-Body-and-soul.html

    BKS Iyengar: Body and soul

    The yoga guru most followed in the world, turns 95. We look at how Iyengar Yoga evolved as a brand, in a non-brand way

    Iyengar does not really answer my question about being able to go on and on, offering instead a distilled view of what he practises and shares with the world. “Regarding perfection, that’s a very difficult question. I can say that I have superseded most in my sadhana (devoted practice). I am in it, and my mind and my intelligence gets better in my sadhana, and it reaches a certain place. When I stretch, I stretch in such a way that my awareness moves, and a gate of awareness finally opens. When I still find some parts of my body that I have not found before, I tell myself, yes I am progressing scientifically. My body is a laboratory, you can say. I don’t stretch my body as if it is an object. I do yoga from the self towards the body, not the other way around.”

  • 25Feb

    Top Superfood Picks to Enhance Your Yoga Practice

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    Yoga is far more than a physical practice. It is in fact one of the most effective ways of turning the consciousness within and experiencing more joy, flow, and ease within our lives. As daily life draws our consciousness outward into a whirlwind of activity, yoga helps us find even-mindedness by drawing the consciousness back inwards. The result is a sense of peace, wellbeing, and a deeper connection with our inner selves.

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  • 26Dec

    Yoga Alliance Approved, My Ass

    http://www.yogaanatomy.org/2011/yoga-alliance-approved-my-ass/

    Another gem fro my friend J. Brown of the Abhyasa Yoga Center
    Flipping through the catalog for a big name yoga and retreat center, I was shocked to notice that they advertised their yoga teacher training programs as “Yoga Alliance Approved.” Misrepresentations like this are the dirty little secret of the yoga industry. No one really wants to admit there is no accreditation for Yoga.
    Anyone who claims to be “approved,” “certified” or “licensed” by the YA is either grossly uninformed or disingenuous. The YA maintains a registry of yoga teachers and training programs. In filling out the paperwork and paying the fees, yoga teachers and training programs purport to follow a vague set of curriculum guidelines that are posted on the YA website and assume a service mark of RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) or RYS (Registered Yoga School.)

    What no one ever seems to acknowledge or mention is that the YA provides no oversight whatsoever. No one checks to see if anyone is actually doing what they say. Everyone is on the “honor” system. Consequently, the registry amounts to a digital rubber stamp or paid advertising. Not to mention, the YA does not disclose what they do with the money they collect from the Yoga community.

    Even if everyone is being true to their word, referring to the YA guidelines as “standards” is quite a stretch. For example, being registered at the 200 hr level is said to have 20 hours of yoga philosophy. Generally, this entails a cursory reading of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra’s and a written test, kind of like reading the chapter and answering the summary questions in my 9th grade social studies class…

    Read the rest here…

    Yoga Alliance Approved, My Ass

    Flipping through the catalog for a big name yoga and retreat center, I was shocked to notice that they advertised their yoga teacher training programs as “Yoga Alliance Approved.” Misrepresentations like this are the dirty little secret of the yoga industry. No one really wants to admit there is no accreditation for Yoga.

    Anyone who claims to be “approved,” “certified” or “licensed” by the YA is either grossly uninformed or disingenuous. The YA maintains a registry of yoga teachers and training programs. In filling out the paperwork and paying the fees, yoga teachers and training programs purport to follow a vague set of curriculum guidelines that are posted on the YA website and assume a service mark of RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) or RYS (Registered Yoga School.)

    What no one ever seems to acknowledge or mention is that the YA provides no oversight whatsoever. No one checks to see if anyone is actually doing what they say. Everyone is on the “honor” system. Consequently, the registry amounts to a digital rubber stamp or paid advertising. Not to mention, the YA does not disclose what they do with the money they collect from the Yoga community.

    Even if everyone is being true to their word, referring to the YA guidelines as “standards” is quite a stretch. For example, being registered at the 200 hr level is said to have 20 hours of yoga philosophy. Generally, this entails a cursory reading of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra’s and a written test, kind of like reading the chapter and answering the summary questions in my 9th grade social studies class.

    Given the profound diversity of texts and interpretations that exist within Yoga philosophy, simply designating 20 hours of time means absolutely nothing.

    Don’t get me wrong, I feel strongly about Yoga teachers and schools being held to high standards. My point is that Yoga is not an academic pursuit. Attempts to standardize Yoga training into a set of requisite hours completely undermines yoga pedagogy, which is not contingent on time.

    “Standards” implies greater quality, not a specific quantity of time spent on who knows what. If we want to encourage more qualified yoga teachers, lets start talking about “competencies” instead of hours and, more importantly, lets be straightforward with the public so they can make informed choices.

    Brian Castellani, founder of yoganomics.net, has been leading a personal crusade to hold the YA to account for its misgivings. Initially, he was hoping to bring integrity back to the YA but, as he has continued to dig into the YA’s activities and policies, his sentiments have changed.

    He recounts a conversation with Jeanine Frest, the longest standing employee of the YA up until she quit in 2010, where she said, ”Maybe it would be better to scrap everything and start over.”

    I can already hear my wife’s criticism of this post. When I mentioned to her the topic I was taking on, she said, “Oh really? I think its better when you stay ‘positive’ like last month’s thing on Nurturing.” She thinks I do myself a disservice by inviting controversy and she is probably right.

    I almost heeded her call until a recent exchange with an editor at the megalith of yoga-related publishing. She told me that the credo for their bloggers is “What are you adding to the conversation?” I didn’t think it wise to speak my mind as freely as I might but what I really wanted to say was, “What conversation?”

    As far as I can tell, there is not much of a real conversation happening. In risking the ire of others, I suppose I’m hoping to get one started. I don’t think holding the Yoga industry’s feet to the fire by shining a light on hypocrisies and inconsistencies is negative. In fact, Yoga encourages this sort of discernment.

    Yoga also encourages truthfulness. The fact that the only trade organization offering a title to Yoga professionals is not an example of being truthful does not speak well to the profession of Yoga.

    At the very least, any trade organization that wants to represent the yoga community must operate with complete transparency and accountability. Members of that organization must also do the same. Anything less is a discredit to Yoga and deserves scrutiny.

    Honestly, for me, it’s not just about the YA. I’d be lying if I didn’t admit I’m venting some. I feel frustrated and tired of entrenched power that continues to undermine people and go unchallenged. I remain stalwart in the belief that we are capable of more.

    Holiday Schedule

    Thu. Nov. 24 – Closed
    Fri. Nov. 25 – 4pm Community
    6:30pm Basics

    All other classes as scheduled.

    Welcome to the new folks.
    Hope I didn’t scare anybody off.
    Wishing everyone well.
    J. Brown

    Abhyasa Yoga Center
    628 Metropolitan Ave.
    Brooklyn, NY 11211
    718-782-8272
    abhyasayogacenter.com

  • 23Dec

    http://www.wikihow.com/Do-Laughter-Yoga

  • 04Aug

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjbMB5IEUFI

    Anulom Vilom is the breath – Alternate Nostril Breathing

    5 minutes per day for 7 days.

    10 minutes per day for 7 days

    30 minutes per day for 30 days

    1 hour per day, etc.

    ANULOM VILOM PRANAYAM – THE ALTERNATE NOSTRIL YOGI

    Anulom Vilom Pranayama

    Anulom Vilom (Alternate Nostril Breathing) is one of the most effective pranayama (breathing exercises) to purify the mind and body. Anulom Vilom offers benefits in curing most of the internal body conditions and is very useful in releasing stress and anxiety. Anulom Vilom pranayama can be performed by people of all ages. It will help to practice this breathing exercise in a peaceful place like near a river or in a garden with plenty of greenery…

    …and where there is a lot of oxygen. The best time to practice this breathing exercise is considered to be early in the morning before having your breakfast. You can also practice it after giving a gap of five hours after eating. This will allow the food that is consumed to get digested. To perform Anulom Vilom, you should first close your eyes and relax all your muscles for while. Then, inhale from your left nostril while keeping your right nostril closed with the thumb of your right hand. Retain the breath for a few seconds and exhale from your right nostril with your middle and ring fingers closing your left nostril. Then, once again take in the breath from your right nostril. Finally, exhale from your left nostril while closing your right nostril with your thumb. This will complete one round of the pranayama. You could perform this exercise for around 15 minutes while taking a minute rest after every 5 minutes.

    Anulom Vilom benefits us by balancing the body’s three dosas. Any imbalance in the three dosas will lead to illnesses. You can also awaken the Kundalini if you focus on the Moolandra Chakra while performing this exercise. Anulom Vilom also benefits us by bringing relief to conditions like sinus, respiratory problems, and asthma. Removing of artery blockages and maintenance of cholesterol levels are other Kapalbhati benefits. It is also effective in dealing with conditions like constipation, flatulence, diabetes, and obesity. As Anulom vilom has no side effects it is considered to be very effective for weight loss.

    However, performing Anulom Vilom should be avoided by women during pregnancy and periods. Individuals who suffer from heart troubles should not perform this exercise with too much force and should practice it under the guidance of a qualified instructor. For you to reap the Anulom Vilom benefits, it is important that you practice it daily. It is also essential for you to combine it with a yogic diet that is purely vegetarian and Kapalbhati (Cleansing).  Kapalbhati benefits the body by helping to flush out toxins.

    Anulom Vilom Pranayama is another type of pranayama.In this breathing technique, you inhale from one nostril at one time and release the breath through the the other nostril. You alternate between the two nostril at a regular comfortable pace.

    Here is how you do it:

    1. Close your eyes and relax. Sit in this position for a couple of minutes till you settle down.
    2. Close your right nostril with your right thumb
    3. Breath in from your left nostril. Hold the breath for a couple of seconds.
    4. Open right nostril and close left nostril with middle and ring finger
    5. Breath out from right nostril.
    6. Breathe in from right nostril, close the right nostril
    7. Open left nostril and breathe out.
    8. Repeat again, steps 1 through 7.

    You can practice this pranayama for bout 5-6 minutes per day.

    Anulom Vilom pranayam is said to have benefited people with Heart ailments, high blodd pressure, heart blockages, depression, migraine pain, asthma, sinus, allergy

    It is important that you breathe deep into your lungs and not into the stomach. Most elements that absorb oxygen are in your lungs.

     

  • 22Oct

    http://www.yogananda.com.au/drlewis-Kriya.html

    Kriya Yoga — Science of Yoga

    Informal talk by Dr.M.W.Lewis (San Diego, 23 March 1958)

    “Now you practice the techniques of yoga, you will find your breath begins to slow down. Why? For the very reason I have pointed out, because you are lessening the amount of carbon in your bloodstream. The heart slows down, and that 18 tons of blood, think of it, is not to be moved. No wonder the heart is better. No wonder the lungs are better. All the bodily functions are better, if you perform yoga, especially Kriya Yoga.

    Now when the carbon is less in the blood, the heart slows down. Reciprocally, the breath slows down, and then the tremendous amount of Life Force is released from these, especially, these two organs. With that Life Force penetrating your body, how can you be free? How can you find God (panting), or your breath going like that? You see, you cannot do it – it’s an impossibility.

    But the performance and life of Kriya Yoga will stop that holding your Life Force, which is none other than God’s Cosmic Energy in you, throughout your body. You’ll be free from that attachment. That’s why Kriya Yoga is so scientific, and so exacting. These are very important points.

    Now what does that Life Force do when it’s free? I have told you. It goes back to the spine. And there by the process of Kriya Yoga, it is utilized to magnetize the spine, as I have said, up and down….”

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  • 09Aug

    http://news.health.com/2012/08/07/aerial-yoga-learning-to-fly/?hpt=hp_bn16

     

  • 25Jul

    My favorite one – just couldn’t get it clean!
    So I looked on the Net and found someone say you could throw it in the washer but not let it go to the spin cycle.
    I sprayed it with spray n’ wash first, pressed the “rinse and hold” button and it came out beautifullly! Left it outside
    in the sun to dry all day and it looks ABSOLUTELY like new. I can’t believe it!

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  • 13Jul

    http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-5449/Celebrity-Chef-Sam-Talbot-on-Yoga-Surfing-Living-with-Diabetes.html