This blog aims to share, inspire and encourage thoughts on the bigger questions surrounding Yoga and Reality, plus some ramblings along the path of life.

 

THE YOGA PHILOSOPY BLOG

In a world (Kali Yuga) which is getting increasingly immersed in Maya, materialism, superficiality and the gross, even the ancient science of Yoga is being diluted to accommodate the superficial.

This space acts as a humble attempt to lead sincere seekers of truth and reality back to the roots of Yoga, where the great Yoga Masters provide guidance and light on their path. If just one of you out there find inspiration from this website to help you along the path, then all this has been worthwhile.

Asato Maa Mantra

Om
Asato Maa Sadgamaya
Tamaso Maa Jyotir Gamaya
Mrityor Maa Amrtam Gamaya
Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih

Lead me from the unreal to the real.
Lead me from darkness to light
Lead me from death to immortality.
May there be peace, peace and perfect peace.

Alternate Nostril Breathing

I have found a great YouTube explanation of alternate nostril breathing (an element of Pranayama) by my Guru, Dr. Swami Gitananda’s son, also a doctor, Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani. There is no better explanation anywhere….enjoy! He is currently putting up some practices which he said I can share with you so watch this space… With deep… Read more »

Spiritual Progress

With thanks to the Brahma Kumaris, these wise words arrived in my inbox: There is benefit for you in every situation. If, that is, you know how to look for it. The idea behind steady spiritual progress is to see every circumstance and situation (particularly those that challenge you) as a tailor-made lesson in your… Read more »

What is Raja Yoga?

In a nutshell, whereas Hatha yoga is mainly concerned with the body, the ‘Seen’ (rendering it fit for asana), Raja yoga focuses on the unseen aspects of the breath, energy, the mind and meditation. Raja yoga employs many different techniques to suit all types of students; emotional, feeling types, intellectual questioning types, devotional  prayer types.… Read more »

A Meditation for You

This morning I had a meditation I thought I would share: Sit in a relaxed yet upright position, spine straight, body draped around it. Move your awareness inside. Feel the shape of your body as if you are moving through an empty house looking through all its rooms…….take as long as you like. Now, be aware of… Read more »

Car-ma

“Baaabooo…are you old?” asked her four year old grandson. Baboo smiled, thought for a minute, and then replied. “I am not, no, but my body is!” Her little grandson pulled a quizzical face and said, “what do you mean Baboo?” “Well my dear, let us say that your young ‘now’ body is like a fast… Read more »

The tale of my personal puja

A friend asked me, “why have you got a video of your table on Youtube? And what made you choose those things on it?” So, I thought I would give you all a background to it (I guess you’ll have time to read it now!) ..and maybe you will create your own! You can view… Read more »

I  just need some SPACE!

Namaste dear souls, It is strange how life works out.. I wrote the following article a week before Coronavirus! Most of us certainly have “time to stand and stare “ now! Albeit not quite what was intended…   I JUST NEED SOME SPACE! Everyone in the class turned around as the door suddenly banged shut… Read more »

Surreal times

Dear lovely students, These are surreal times, and I feel like I am awake in a dream! This must be what the Buddha and other enlightened souls felt, only in what we experienced as normal life! Remember when the Buddha was asked ‘what is the difference between you and an ordinary man?’ he replied, ‘I… Read more »

Shavasana: No time for sleeping…

“Now you can choose an individual asana” the yoga teacher said “Oh thats great” giggled one of the students “its shavasana for me!” The class laughed. This student was always looking for the easy way out and asking for a quick fix! “Why shavasana?” enquired the teacher “Because its the easiest asana of course” smiled… Read more »

What really is Meditation?

Q. What really is Meditation? A. There is so much talk of meditation, and there are so many variations and perspectives. This my favourite answer by Yogacharini Meenakshi Devi Bhavanani, as it says an enormous amount in few words… “Meditation is thinking more and more on less and less ,and becoming no thing and no… Read more »