behind the asana

Behind The Asana: Episode 20 - Sthira & Sukha

Sthira is structure - keeping alignment as you move through the asanas and keeping a routine in your daily activities. Sukha is softness, and it can be found in releasing tension in your poses or allowing for fun and freedom in your daily life. Sthira and sukha allow us to maintain balance in our lives, the structure and softness, that keep us growing, learning and enjoying our lives and our practices.

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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 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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Behind The Asana: Episode 10 - Bhramaree Pranayama

Often called “the honey bee breath,” Bhramaree Pranayama is a breathing practice that we use to find stillness and peace in our lives, meditations or asana practices. Using the end of the vibration of Om, the universal vibration, Bhramaree pranayama supports you in finding more harmony.

In this video, I show you how to use Bhramaree Pranayama in your own life, as well as explain why we use it. Please share, like or comment, let me know what you think! If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at adishaktirising@gmail.com.

Behind The Asana: Episode 9 - Svadhyaya

Svadhyaya refers to sacred study or studying the sacred texts. Our yoga practice, the physical practice of asana and mantra, is more of an experiment, an exploration of who we are and what feels good in our bodies. Svadhyaya asks us to use sacred texts, like the Bhagavad Gita, to explore further, to go deeper, and examine our lives with the new understanding. Using that awareness, we are then able to begin to cultivate more peace and harmony in our life.


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Behind The Asana: Episode 8 - The Science of Ayurveda

Ayurveda is the sister science to yoga, which explains how we can use diet and lifestyle to maintain balance in our lives. Ayuvedic medicine offers us guidelines for what to eat, herbal remedies to better support our health, and ways to optimize our wellness. In this video, I go over the doshas, the three different constitutions of our bodies and introduce the characteristics of each dosha. I also go over tips to keep you balanced in your life, depending on your prominent dosha. 

 

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Behind The Asana: Episode 7 - Ahimsa

Ahimsa is the ethical principle of non-violence. In our daily lives, we have the ability to make choices that lessen violence and perpetuate a better world. In the yoga community, ahimsa is often seen by the choice to be vegetarian, but beyond that, ahimsa is practiced through conscious consumerism, supporting local communities, and ethical travel. Every dollar we spend makes an impact, and when we keep ahimsa in mind, we are able to support the world we want to live in.

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