Yoga Day Countdown: Day #1, Yoga Day!

Continuing our countdown to Yoga Day 2017 with Hatha Yoga teacher Ambika Gupta’s yoga postcards from the gorgeous banks of Lac Léman, Switzerland! The asanas follow the progression of a yoga practice. Day #1, Yoga Day: Shavasana

Happy Yoga Day & Yoga for a Happy Day!

Did you know that yoga can change your genes and make you happier? And that’s not just for ‘Hindus’. LWP Founder shares the latest scientific information and reflects on yoga and its connection with religion.

Yoga Day Countdown: Day #2

Continuing our countdown to Yoga Day 2017 with Hatha Yoga teacher Ambika Gupta’s yoga postcards from the gorgeous banks of Lac Léman, Switzerland! The asanas follow the progression of a yoga practice. Day #2: Naukasana

Yoga Day Countdown: Day #3

Continuing our countdown to Yoga Day 2017 with Hatha Yoga teacher Ambika Gupta’s yoga postcards from the gorgeous banks of Lac Léman, Switzerland! The asanas follow the progression of a yoga practice. Day #3: Gomukhasana

Yoga Day Countdown: Day #4

Continuing our countdown to Yoga Day 2017 with Hatha Yoga teacher Ambika Gupta’s yoga postcards from the gorgeous banks of Lac Léman, Switzerland! The asanas follow the progression of a yoga practice. Day #4: Ardha Matsyendrasana

And Now, Yoga (Yoga Day Special)

LWP Newsletter #3 shares discusses the significance of Yoga Day being held at the summer solstice and also the importance of yoga in the world today. It is indeed time for yoga.

Yoga Day Countdown: Day #5

Continuing our countdown to Yoga Day 2017 with Hatha Yoga teacher Ambika Gupta’s yoga postcards from the gorgeous banks of Lac Léman, Switzerland! The asanas follow the progression of a yoga practice. Day #5: Shashankasana

Shiva, the Grand Master of Yoga

As we count down to Yoga Day, David Frawley reminds us of Shiva as the consciousness inextricably linked with yoga and explains the many symbolisms of Shiva.

Yoga Day Countdown: Day #6

Continuing our countdown to Yoga Day 2017 with Hatha Yoga teacher Ambika Gupta’s yoga postcards from the gorgeous banks of Lac Léman, Switzerland! The asanas follow the progression of a yoga practice. Day #6: Bhujangasana

Yoga Day Countdown: Day #7

Continuing our countdown to Yoga Day 2017 with Hatha Yoga teacher Ambika Gupta’s yoga postcards from the gorgeous banks of Lac Léman, Switzerland! The asanas follow the progression of a yoga practice. Day #7: Ashvasthasana

Yoga Day Countdown: Day #8

Continuing our countdown to Yoga Day 2017 with Hatha Yoga teacher Ambika Gupta’s yoga postcards from the gorgeous banks of Lac Léman, Switzerland! The asanas follow the progression of a yoga practice. Day #8: Trikonasana

Yoga Day Countdown: Day #9

Continuing our countdown to Yoga Day 2017 with Hatha Yoga teacher Ambika Gupta’s yoga postcards from the gorgeous banks of Lac Léman, Switzerland! The asanas follow the progression of a yoga practice. Day #9: Katichakrasana

Yoga Day Countdown! Day #10

Counting down to Yoga Day 2017 with Hatha Yoga teacher Ambika Gupta’s yoga postcards from the gorgeous banks of Lac Léman, Switzerland! The asanas follow the progression of a yoga practice. Day #10: Tadasana

Yoga and the Environment

David Frawley reflects on the crucial role of Yoga in restoring our lost connection with nature. Concerned with the balance of the body and mind, Yoga and Ayurveda can also help us restore ecological balance and respect for other life on the planet- an urgent need of the hour.

Life is Inclusiveness

An excerpt from Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev’s book ‘Inner Engineering – A Yogi’s Guide to Joy’ in which he explains that enlightenment is merely coming home to the realisation that all experience happens from within and that life is an inclusive process.

Yoga and Pranayama to Keep You Cool Through Summer

As the summer heat rises and air-conditioning gets a disapproving look from doctors (for being dehydrating among other things), it’s simple yoga and pranayama to the rescue. Restore your calm and cool with these easy exercises recommended by LWP.

Tantra and Yoga

An interesting analysis of the influences of the tantrik tradition on modern yoga.

It’s all in your hands, literally (Mudras and more)

In yogic practices, the hands are a very important part of the body. They are the part of the body where the inner energy field can usually be most easily felt. Let’s take a closer look at what makes the hands so special.

Commercialisation of spirituality

Ever since the Beatles starting chanting Om and Madonna started doing yoga, eastern spirituality has been quite fashionable and has been becoming even more so in recent years. While it’s no doubt good that people are taking up positive spiritual practices like yoga-asanas, the commercialisation of spirituality is undesirable and even potentially dangerous. With the…

And now, yoga

~ Excerpt from From Dior to Dharma by Shruti Bakshi. Available on Amazon. ***************Book excerpt start****************** Say what? I was already having trouble understanding the teacher’s German accented French, now I was supposed to understand her German accented Sanskrit! “Sit cross legged,” Michaela leaned over and whispered to me, translating the name of the pose…

The yoga of poets

As has often been stressed on the Living-Wise Project, (e.g. see article What Yoga is Really About), yoga is not merely a set of physical exercises or postures. Yoga, meaning union, refers to any action that unites us with Consciousness. Many people may not be aware that there are four paths of yoga: Raja yoga: is the path of…

A yogi lifestyle 

In the last few months, I have made quite drastic changes in my lifestyle, having taken a break from work to immerse myself in yoga and spirituality. I thought I’d share some of the changes I have made so far. 1. Food I shared the benefits of a vegetarian diet in an earlier post and I never…

“And now, yoga” ~ Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras: Introduction

For anyone serious about exploring yoga as a spiritual process, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras is both an indispensable guidebook and an unparalleled repository of knowledge. In just 195 sutras or verses (each verse being usually a single line or couplet), Patanjali has said everything that can be said about yoga as a spiritual possibility. In fact,…

FYI you’ve been doing yoga wrong (leave these off the mat)

You’ve probably heard enough about the psychological attitudes to inculcate as you start out on the yogic path (you can check out the articles on yoga and meditation on this site for some pointers too). You’ve heard over and over that as you roll out the yoga mat, you should leave aside your worries and stress from the day,…

How to begin yoga

So, you’ve heard a lot about yoga and maybe even tried a class or two to see what all the fuss is about. But somewhere deep down, you don’t really think it is for you. Usual reasons include any or all of the following: I felt no burn, this yoga is clearly useless…or maybe better…

From Paris with ‘AUM’: my experience of the globalisation of yoga

After 3 years in Paris, one is generally expected to be dripping with the smugness that comes from being able to correctly pronounce ‘Champs Elysees’, to rattle off a dozen cheese names without a pause, to wear simple dark t-shirts costing a small fortune and if one has lived sincerely, to even smell of macarons…