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.

An Ancient Indian Tale for all you worriers

There are times when we all worry, but some souls worry all the time as if it is a natural state of being. Worry is defined as a state of perplexity, trouble or harassment, anxiety, to fatigue, to strangle…The thesaurus would also say agitate, torment and suffer. Here is a tale to set you on the… Read more »

You’re never alone with mindful eating!

In fact…it could be pleasantly crowded! Do you think about the food you’re about to eat or just get it made and stuff it in the hole in yer face and move on? Very few people say grace anymore, not in schools or even some spiritual retreats. When I eat mindfully, not mindlessly, the experience takes… Read more »

Another Perspective on Meditation: an Ayurvedic View

Years ago I had the privilege of studying with Pandit Vamadeva Shastri (Vedacharya Dr. David Frawley), then Director of the American Institute of Vedic Studies. I thought he was a genius at explaining ancient thoughts, and the profound and complex, into an easy-to-digest form, making him a wonderful teacher! So, I thought to share some… Read more »

Yoga Practice Videos on YouTube

Namaste! I have been working on several videos to help students to continue their practice while in lockdown and beyond! There are now two series available on my YouTube Channel. Foundations of Asana: Suitable for all levels, this series is aimed and building your foundations and improving your Yoga practice. There are five videos in… Read more »

Music to our ears…

  “When we become the observer of our own self, without identification, justification or condemnation, the inner music of silence becomes a joy. As long as we condemn and as long as we justify – it will be a noise.” Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani   “When sounds are in tune they become music. Out of tune,… Read more »

Namaste

Namaste! That wonderful gesture of palms together at the heart and a gentle bow seems to be ’felt‘ in all countries and cultures and is a natural greeting, a thank you, a sign of respect. An original translation from the Sanskrit reads: I honour the place in you where the entire universe resides. I honour… Read more »

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 »