Brahma, Vishnu, Rudra.

The yoga practitioner is usually associated with having a serenity and equanimity, these qualities are often described in various texts as the hallmarks of the yogi/yogini. Much of this arises from not just their practice, but also from their vision and understanding of the nature of life. The philosophical and theoretical content of Yoga recognises the […]

Bliss

 In the Tantric texts on Spanda, the divine creative pulsation, it states that if we lose the essential delight which is our true nature, then we will experience a state of depression or melancholy. This is oft mentioned in Yogic texts that this feeling of separation is what leads us to Yoga. These writings therefore suggest that mental and emotional […]

Spontaneous meditation.

  In the Shiva Swarodaya, an ancient Tantric text on the breath, prana and its flow,  it is noted that the meditative state occurs naturally at the time of sunrise and sunset. Perhaps this is not surprising when you think of how we relate to those times of the day, when we marvel at life’s […]

Trying not to constrict life's flow.

As modern human beings we generally try to control everything, this includes every aspect of ourselves. Though an investigation into Yoga quickly shows that all of life is the movement of it’s intelligence and energy.  Life works better when it can flow without impediment, but like constricting a hose pipe, our attempt to over control this, blocks its flow. The […]

Turning our response around.

In Tantra, the practitioner often finds a way to take what the general public avoids or recoils from and turns them around in such a way that it is used to liberate them, so that the divine may be found in it, that the most sought of state is discovered within it. In some texts and […]

Soma.

In the texts of yoga and Ayurveda, Soma is described as a divine nectar, that if embibed, gives, youthfulness, immortality and numerous other eternally sought qualities. Although, often mentioned in esoteric terms and in complex practices, we can experience it quite directly. We can regard Soma as bliss, the bliss of our existence. In Yogic thinking, […]

A new perspective.

Its easy to realise how beneficial it is to change our perspective, quite often if we have a problem we are told to look at things in a new light, this indication is very present in Yoga itself. We tend to forget that a lot of our ideas and views are based upon those we […]

Ayurveda and Yoga, your own constitution and the three modes of nature.

The nature of studying with many international Yoga teachers, often means travel and journeys to coincide with where their schedule brings them. Thankfully I’ve always enjoyed this aspect of my continual broadening and deepening of yoga knowledge and have gotten to travel to some great locations over the years. This year has been no exception and […]

Barefoot revolutions and evolutions.

Over the years and especially with the practice of Yoga I’ve become more aware of anything that causes discomfort, this is a basic premise in Yoga, the movement from dukkha, discomfort to sukha, comfort.  I had noticed over recent years that even though I was usually wearing quality walking shoes, just how confining to my feet they felt. Since I was young […]

Meditation and the natural state.

We decided to spend part of the May Bank Holiday exploring some ideas and themes for the weekend retreat that we’re going to be delivering in a few months times. As it’s going to be in a beautiful location where the mountains flow down to meet the sea, we figured that general area would be […]