The Second Limb Of Ashtanga Yoga: Niyama

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The last few months, the focus has been on the first limb of Ashtanga yoga – yama (restraints).  As discussed a few months back, there are 8 limbs of Ashtanga yoga: Yama (restraint) Niyama (observances) Asana (posture) Pranayama (breath control) Pratyahara (controlling the senses) Dharana (concentration) Dhyana (meditation) Samadhi (absolute consciousness) We will now focus on the second limb, niyama. Niyama refers to individual discipline or observance and is the Sanskrit term meaning rule or law.  They refer to the cultivation of following good habits.  Like the five yamas, the niyamas are not exercises or actions to be simply studied; … Read More

Food, Fasting & Yoga

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Recently I did a 5 day juice fast.  Before the fast I felt like my insides were clogged up and each time I ate anything, I felt it getting worse.  Bloating, feeling heavy and full despite how little I was eating.  I decided that it was basically best to get a dustpan and broom and do a good sweep of my insides.  So I went shopping and got a range of fruit and vegetables ready to be squeezed through my juicer.  I used a special program I had passed onto me by a friend. I had 4 juices a day … Read More