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    Yama    ethical principles

     

    Niyama  guidance for personal discipline

     

    Asana practice of Yoga postures

     

    Pranayama  practice of breathing techniques

     

    Pratyahara  internalization of the senses

     

    Dharana  concentration and mental focusing

     

    Dhyana  meditation

     

    Samadhi  the achievement of ultimate bliss

  • I was going to write a piece on Yoga schools battles. if you are practicing happily, you probably can’t care less about who does what and the difference between

    BKS Iyengar, founder of Iyengar school

    BKS Iyengar, founder of Iyengar school

    Iyengar,

     

     

     

     

     

    K. Pattabhi Jois, founder of Astanga Yoga

    K. Pattabhi Jois, founder of Astanga Yoga

    Astanga,

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Swami Satyananda, founder of Bihar School

    Swami Satyananda, founder of Bihar School

    Bihar

     

     

     

     

     

    Bikram Choudhoury, founder of Bikram Yoga

    Bikram Choudhoury, founder of Bikram Yoga

    Bikram

     

     

     

     

     

    But if you are in the ” industry” and teaching Yoga, you might want to read the well researched “Yoga battles“, published last June in the Indian Calcutta Telegraph.

     

     

    imagesCA383SAIInspiring Yoga teacher Wendy Teasdill once told me: “Don’t worry about school battles and do your practice.” I often think of her and practice as well as I can.

    In the UK , a lot of teachers go through the British Wheel of Yoga to qualify. Now if you go to American Yoga Alliance website (they have  recently opened a UK branch), you read:

    Quote 1 “…The BWY are NOT the governing body and you do not require to do their training courses to teach yoga. There is no official governing body for yoga in the UK.

    Quote 2 “…There is no governing body for yoga in the UK. Yoga Alliance UK has been established to promote and encourage high standards of teaching. Joining is on a voluntary basis, and we do not claim (or want) to be a governing or regulating body.”

    My qualifications being certified by Yoga Alliance, I therefore stick to it and do my practice as well I can.

     

  • imagesWhat is the difference between Yoga and Gymnastics?

    You can read all sorts of things about Yoga. The other day I found quite a good description of the difference between Yoga and Gym.

     

     

    imagesCA7KY5X4In a gym class, you might be told to turn your foot to the left ten times as fast as you can. In a Yoga class you’ll be told to breathe through the movement, to become aware of your foot, its bones, muscles and ligaments. You’ll be asked to become aware of the stretch of your toes, of the alignment of the foot with the ankle, and you will be encouraged to stop as soon as it becomes strictly painful.