Yoga Category

Mike (Keval) Brooker is a longtime yoga practitioner who also has Asperger syndrome, a condition that affects social interaction and can often contribute to a feeling of stuckness. We interviewed him to find out how yoga helps him with getting unstuck. The name Keval, by the way, means “whole” or “absolute”. Parvati Magazine: In your own words, what is Asperger’s? Keval Brooker: It’s a form of autism, part of the ASD (autism spectrum disorders). I feel it is like having a major part missing. I feel frustration that I don’tRead More
When I think of love and yoga, one word comes to mind: bhakti. There are four primary yogic paths: karma, bhakti, raja and jnana yoga. All yogic paths lead to the same goal, that is, union with the Divine. However the various paths suit those of different temperaments and those with various life approaches. This diversity offers spiritual aspirants the opportunity to find a natural, fitting spiritual practice. It feels to me, as I attempt to put words to paper, that writing about bhakti yoga would best be done inRead More
We habitually think of tasks on our to-do list as obstacles to our happiness that are to be conquered and cleared, so that we may find freedom and ease. New Year’s resolutions can burden our already bursting-at-the-seams task lists, despite our good intentions to somehow create a happier self. We want change because we are unhappy where we are. We run from our problems to perceived solutions, often not taking time to make friends with the present. In the whirl of lists and the determination to complete them, we canRead More
When beginning a new pattern of behaviour, most of us face resistance and lethargy. We must realize that the thoughts and feelings we have today are based on yesterday’s actions. Yoga is an alchemical process and as such, we can expect base elements to be present in our attitude at the beginning. Be like an awakened mother when dealing with yourself and act with an air of detachment, perspective and long term vision. A gentle command is paramount when dealing with the mind. No undue harshness is to be transmitted,Read More
Whether you practice bendy poses, engage in selfless service or sit in meditation, yoga cultivates a balanced state of being in each moment. We learn to soften and rest in a rooted, vital and expansive state, as part of a much bigger whole. Our sense of separation dissolves and we find a oneness with an immensity beyond our limited sense of self. The Hatha Yoga Pradipika, an ancient Hindu text, encourages yogis to cultivate “sukha” and “stira”, a balanced state of being that is neither too relaxed nor too alert,Read More
In the wash of Lululemon colours and flat abs, it can be easy to lose the plot of why we go to a yoga class. As an externally driven society, it is easy for us to allow our senses to carry our practice over to someone else’s mat and forget to place our focus within. Yet the very practice of Hatha Yoga is geared to create balance while drawing our awareness within. To stay within our practice is to remain rooted in our being, not captivated by someone or somethingRead More
The Various Kinds of Yoga Yoga is a 5,000-year-old life science and art. It touches upon many topics and areas of inquiry, such as herbal medicine, meditative and contemplative practices, ritual, chanting, astrology and sound – just to name a few. The yoga most commonly known in the West is Hatha yoga, a practice that cultivates the experience of a balanced and unified state of being through physical exercises. The Sanskrit word “yoga” means to join, to yoke or to unify. All yoga practices have the development of a harmoniousRead More