Yoga has spread…

Yoga is now part of Barbie’s world, complete with mat, in pink, of course. If girls are inspired to take up yoga then it’s probably the best thing Barbie ever did….

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Yoga Outdoors

Yoga outside on green grass beneath a blue sky was a perfect antidote to a day chained to a desk. Relaxation under a blanket for a layer of warmth and fresh air saturating every cell of our bodies, we came back indoors feeling rejuvenated, as if we’d spent all day outside.¬†

A strong workout in class tonight – inwardly as well as outwardly –

Vasisthasana (one arm plank) works the wrists, arms, shoulders and abdomen. We approached it¬†through ardho mukha savasana (downward facing dog) and kumbhakasana (plank). Strengthening throughout – even the mind! We needed to release the wrists frequently to keep them comfortable. Relaxation afterwards was a deep one ūüôā

Types of Yoga

The goal of yoga is attaining¬†the truth of who we are through meditation. Getting to the point where we are ready for meditation can take as long as we want. Practising postures (asanas) and¬†breathing (pranayama)¬†improve our success but¬†preferably alongside meditation rather than as a preparation. There is a¬†risk that the preparation stage becomes an end in itself.¬†Desikachar’s ‘Heart of Yoga’ gives a wonderfully clear, accessible instruction into what¬†is yoga, and how we can practise it most beneficially¬†for body, mind and spiritual fulfilment.