Om, or Aum, an ancient Sanskrit word, a sacred symbol and mantra with roots in Hinduism and shared with Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism. Aum encompasses the trinity of existence. The A sound invokes the power of creation, the beginning of all things. The U invokes preservation, the maintenance of things, the persevering nature of existence. The M represents destruction or transformation, the inevitable fate of all things. When chanted, the three letters blend each in to the nex
The Eight Limbs of Yoga More than a physical practice, Patanjali's Yoga Sutras refer to the Eight Limbs, or Ashtanga, to describe the journey of yoga. I'll post more on each limb in some detail, but for now here's a quick run down... 1) Yamas - restraints, ethics or moral disciplines. Principles on interaction with the world around us. There are 5 Yamas. 2) Niyamas - self discipline and spiritual observance. There are 5 Niyamas. 3) Asana - posture. The physical practice of yo
Supported Supta Baddha Konasana (reclined bound angle pose) is a restful restorative hip and heart opener and one of my favourite yin poses. Benefits can include...
*Stretches the inner thighs and groin
*Relieves stress and negative emotions *Decreases heart rate and blood pressure *Supported posture allows muscular tension to release particularly the abdomen *Opens the chest for deeper breathing *Simulates abdominal organs, can be relieving for IBS and menstrual cramps Cau