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.

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 »

Part 2 – The marriage of Physics and Yoga

(as predicted by the late great Dr Swami Gitananda Giri, from Guru to this chela!) MAYA ALL is not what it seems! The Sanskrit word ‘MAYA’ is most often translated as ILLUSION. Maya also means MAGIC and implies extraordinary WISDOM and POWER. It is also known as ‘the MEASURER’ and imposes restrictions, limitations, contraction and… Read more »

Part 1 – The marriage of Physics and Yoga

To celebrate Swamiji’s Jyanthi at Janita’s place in France, I thought I would give a talk, based on a quote from Swamiji and finishing with a quote from Swamiji too.   30 years ago, Swami Gitananda told me: “PHYSICS and YOGA are on a crash course!” He did not mean that they would wipe each… Read more »

The wonderful science of yoga!

The wonderful science of yoga! It is amazing that every aspect or part of yoga can lead us into a state of meditation, even the cleansing and clearing of the Nadis (channels in the subtle body) will lead us there! For example, in Patanjali’s yoga sutras , there are described 8 limbs of yoga Yamas –… Read more »