Who is your Guru?

In the month of July, it is tradition to acknowledge our gurus.  The word ‘guru’ is the Sanskrit term for “teacher”.  ‘Gu’ means darkness, ignorance, that which obscures beauty and truth.  ‘Ru’ means ‘that which removes’.  So guru is interpreted as one who removes ignorance or darkness.   In the West, Read more…

The Guest House

The human being is a guest house Every morning there is a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness Some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor Welcome and entertain them all Even if they are a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house and empty it from Read more…

Ujjayi breath

Ujjayi breath is often known as Victorious breath.  It is most often used with the practice of vinyasa (breath-synchronised movement).  Ujjayi means “to conquer” or “to be victorious”.  Ujjayi breath is highly beneficial as it concentrates and directs the breath, giving asana practice extra power and focus.  It also helps Read more…

To Bandha or not to Bandha

You have often heard me say in class, “engage your bandhas” and I most frequently refer to uddiyana and mula bandha.  In fact there are three classic bandhas: mula, uddiyana and jalandhara bandha.   These are often referred to as ‘energy locks’ and the paradox is that these energy locks, when Read more…