beginner yoga

Behind The Asana: Episode 19 - Planes of Movement

In the physical practice of yoga, we move our body along three physical planes. In this video, I review the coronal plane, the sagittal plane and the transverse plane. By keeping them in mind throughout your practice, you are able to focus and understand the alignment as you move through twists, folds, backbends, and side bending. It will support you in doing the postures correctly and safely.


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Behind The Asana: Episode 18 - The Anatomical Process Of Breathing

In yoga, we spend so much time focusing on our breath. This week, I go over the anatomical process of breathing. In this video, I explain what exactly happens to our body when we breathe deeply in our practice and the benefits of conscious breathing.  

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Behind The Asana: Episode 17 - Travelling To India

Throughout my time in the yoga community, I have been very blessed to travel to India five times. The motherland of yoga is a parallel universe with so many amazing sights and an incredibly vibrant culture. In this video, I share my tips for travelling to India so that you can enjoy the motherland with more ease.

 

 

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Behind The Asana: Episode 16 - Jnana & Vijnana

In the Bhagavad Gita, we find the concept of jnana which means wisdom and vijana which is the application of wisdom. In yoga, we understand what we are “supposed” to do - we read the scripture, we know we are supposed to eat well, we know in theory of how we are supposed to act  - this is the jnana. Vijana is when we begin to apply this knowledge into our lives - actually eating well, staying dedicated to our meditation practice. These concepts help us find balance in our lives, and challenge us to keep growing in our practice.

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Behind The Asana: Episode 15 - Hinduism & Polytheism

Hinduism is often described as being a polytheistic religion, a religion with multiple gods. However, this idea can be misleading. In Hinduism, there are so many different gods, but they are not necessarily separate. Rather, the different gods in Hinduism are simply different aspects of the same divine energy that exists in you and me. The face of God isn’t uniform - it exists in all of us, and when we pray to Ganesh, or invoke Saraswati, we are calling on a certain aspect of the Divine.


In this episode, I go over Hinduism as I understand it and offer a fresh perspective for Western thinkers. If you have any questions, please email me at adishaktirising@gmail.com.

Behind The Asana: Episode 14 - Yoga Teacher Trainings

There are so many different options when considering yoga teacher trainings - where to do one, immersion or non-immersion, whether or not you are even ready. While the decision to do a yoga teacher training is a personal one, studying yoga for me was so much more than just being able to teach classes. For so many students, a training is a time of great exploration and development, one that leads to a deeper understanding of yourself and your practice.

 

 

In this episode, I go over what my yoga teacher training meant to me, as well as what you should consider before choosing a program. Please like, share, or comment to let me know what you think. If you have any questions, please email me at adishaktirising@gmail.com

Behind The Asana: Episode 13 - Sanskrit & Mantra

Sanskrit is the ancient language of India, and when we chant Sanskrit, we are actually working to create balance in our brain and energetic body. Mantra is repeating a phrase to focus the mind and create a particular vibration in the body.

In this video, I share my favourite mantra and educate you on the benefits of chanting Sanskrit. Please like, share or comment to let me know what you think. If you have any questions, please let me know at adishaktirising@gmail.com.

Behind The Asana: Episode 12 - Ujjayi Pranayama

Ujjayi Pranayama is something that is very common to find in yoga classes, especially challenging vinyasa flow classes. Ocean’s Breath as it’s called is one of the more widely practiced breathing patterns used in yoga and has so many benefits. In this video, I explain the process of Ujjayi Pranayama more deeply and review why we do it.


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Behind The Asana: Episode 11 - Saucha

Saucha is the ethical principle that involves personal purity, personal hygiene as well as creating a pure environment. More and more as we move and grow through our practice, we find that our external environment is a reflection of our internal state. As we work through our journey, saucha becomes a very practical application to find peace and harmony in our life. Clearing space in your home, work space, bedroom, decluttering your physical life, supports the principle of saucha and can help you in your journey of decluttering your mind.

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