Where and how does the practice of yoga begin?

"Where and how does the practice of yoga begin? Should we always begin on the physical level? I would say that where we begin depends on our personal interests. There are many ways of practicing yoga, and gradually the interest in one path will lead to another."T. K. V. Desikachar - The Heart of Yoga

Anyone can practice yoga

"Anyone who wants to can practice yoga. Anybody can breathe; therefore anybody can practice yoga. But no one can practice every kind of yoga. It has to be the right yoga for the person." T. K. V. Desikachar - The Heart of Yoga Do you have a preferred type of yoga? What works for you?

Samadhi

The eighth, and final, limb is Samadhi which is a state of unity, or a complete sense of concentration.

Dhyana

The seventh of the limbs is Dhyana which is often translated as meditation, though in some books I've read it is slightly different to meditation - the ability to focus and have deep mental concentration.

Yoga is more than asana

As I'm introducing the eight limbs of yoga, you can probably see why the third limb, Asana (postures), is the limb that's most often portrayed and talked about, especially on social media. First, it is ideal for images as it's purely physical - how do you take photographs of concentration or breath work? Second, it's... Continue Reading →

Dharana

The sixth of the limbs is Dharana which is concentration, or the ability to direct our minds.

More than just a photo

I mentioned in a previous post about attending a workshop at the Natural History Museum. It was an incredible space to practice in, if you're in the UK I'd definitely recommend it. At the end of the session, a lot of people were taking photos on the steps of the main hall, most holding advanced... Continue Reading →

Pratyahara

The fifth of the limbs is Pratyahara which is sense withdrawal or the restraint of senses. From this point on, the limbs are very new concepts to me, so I'll wait to go into more details until I'm more familiar with them myself.

Pranayama

The fourth of the limbs is Pranayama which is breath control and the practice of breathing exercises. I've done a little bit of Pranayama work in my regular yoga class, and we practiced a few techniques in a workshop I attended at the Natural History Museum in London. Some of the practices made me feel... Continue Reading →

Asana

The third of the limbs is Asana. These are the physical postures of yoga and are what a lot of people think of when the term Yoga is used.

Niyama, or the Niyamas

The second of the limbs is Niyama, or the Niyamas. This translates roughly as 'observances' and includes our attitudes toward ourselves. The Niyamas also have 5 elements which I'll be covering later. When discussing the Niyamas here, I'll often be referencing the work of Deborah Adele and the book 'The Yamas & Niyamas: Exploring Yoga's... Continue Reading →

Yama, or the Yamas

The first of the limbs is Yama, or the Yamas. This translates roughly as 'restraints' and includes our attitudes toward our environment. The Yamas have 5 elements which I'll cover in the future. When discussing the Yamas here, I'll often be referencing the work of Deborah Adele and the book 'The Yamas & Niyamas: Exploring... Continue Reading →

The Eight Limbs of Yoga

"In its exported manifestation, yoga has tended to focus on the physical aspect of the system of yoga, the Asanas, or stretching poses and postures, which most Western adherents of yoga practice in order to stay trim, supple and healthy. Patanjali himself, however, pays minimal attention to the Asanas, which are the third stage of... Continue Reading →

Eight Limbs of Yoga

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali are a series of 196 short statements (sutras) concerning yoga. I'll go into the sutras in more detail as I work my way through them in my own learning, but I first of all wanted to introduce the Eight Limbs of Yoga, which form part of the Yoga Sutras. Over... Continue Reading →

So excited!

I'm so excited! Tomorrow is my first day of Yoga Teacher Training. This feels like such a huge step forward for me, I can't wait to explore and learn.

Which yoga and meditation books do you recommend?

I've got the core reading list for my Yoga Teacher Training along with other recommended texts, but I'm also curious to hear what you would recommend? Have you read any books linked to yoga asana, yoga philosophy and meditation that resonated with you? Let me know in the comments below!

Accessible yoga classes

This quote from T.K.V Desikachar's The Heart of Yoga sums up what I'd love to create with my future classes. "There are many stories I could tell, all of which show the necessity for an individual approach to yoga. By this I do not mean that I have to give only private lessons, but I... Continue Reading →

Diversity in yoga

When setting up this account and brand, I struggled to find images of people practicing yoga that weren't thin, white, young, cisgender passing and incredibly flexible and strong. The majority of images portrayed handstands or arm balances. Is it any wonder that yoga is seen as something so exclusive, and so many people are scared... Continue Reading →

New blog post tomorrow!

During my Yoga Teacher training, I'll be writing and sharing blogs about a variety of topics. Tomorrow, I'll be starting with a blog about making social media pages accessible - something I've been keen to do from the start of this account. What topics are you interested in me writing about whilst I complete my... Continue Reading →

Vinyasa flow & Accessible yoga

My training will be in a contemporary vinyasa flow style, but with secondary focuses on yin, restorative, beginner and accessible yoga. Accessible yoga is what I'm really passionate about, teaching yoga that really is for every body. What are your experiences with accessible yoga?

About me!

I guess it's best to start by introducing myself - my name's Sarah! Please visit the 'About me' section on this site to learn a bit more about me.

200 hour Yoga Teacher Training

I'm excited to share that this month I start my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Yoga Quota in Oxford. I'll be sharing my journey here so please like/follow this page to join me! Are you completing, or have you recently completed your Yoga Teacher Training? I'd love to hear about your experiences!

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