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Decoding Ashtanga Primary Series…. Beyond “Breathe, Jump back, Jump through, Repeat”

Just like an interesting trailer would entice one towards a movie, a video which was recorded back in 1993 and now available on youtube starts with a disclaimer, which makes an unusual but an intriguing start. It briefs that this form of Yoga (Ashtanga) illustrated in the video should only be practiced by qualified experts. Ashtanga … Continue reading Decoding Ashtanga Primary Series…. Beyond “Breathe, Jump back, Jump through, Repeat”

Turning Drop backs from “Mission Impossible” to “Mission Possible”

Dropbacks are probably the most challenging part of the Ashtanga primary series; apart from being a benchmark for progress in the physical aspect of your practice, it requires the practitioner to go beyond the physical and the mental boundaries set by oneself. It isn’t surprising that Dropbacks are perceived to be a threshold to determine … Continue reading Turning Drop backs from “Mission Impossible” to “Mission Possible”

Breath, the exquisite string that holds the beads in a YogaMala..

Mala in Sanskrit corresponds to “garland”, which in the yogic meditative sense refers to a chain of beads joined at the ends to form a wreath. On observing the intricacies of a Japa Mala one would notice specifics like the number of beads in the Mala which would typically be 108 or its divisors like … Continue reading Breath, the exquisite string that holds the beads in a YogaMala..

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