AuthorMel Skinner

The Danger Of Yoga

The Danger Of Yoga

Yoga is a practice, it is a study, it is discipline, it is a pleasure but most of all it’s a way of being. Yoga opens us in ways we never thought imaginable, usually starting with the body but ultimately opening our mind. Yoga can be intense, relaxing, strenuous, easeful. (more…)

3 Steps to a More Authentic Yoga Practice

3 Steps to a More Authentic Yoga Practice

There are three ways to practice authenticity in yoga. The first is to learn how to connect with your heart. The second is to connect in with your heart every day. And the third is to honour the wisdom of the heart by taking appropriate action. How to do this? Let’s find out.

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Dharma Mittra: The Karma Yogi

Dharma Mittra: The Karma Yogi

Born in Brasil in 1939 and teaching yoga since 1967, Dharma Mittra has been teaching yoga for almost 50 years, and is still teaching at the Dharma Yoga Centre in New York City, as well as offering courses and retreats around the world.

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Indra Devi: The First Lady of Yoga

Indra Devi: The First Lady of Yoga

Born in Riga, Latvia to European aristocracy in 1899, Indra Devi was the first female to been allowed into an Indian ashram (let alone the first woman to study in an ashram) in the 1930s.

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Studying with the “godfather” of modern Hatha Yoga, Krishnamacharya (famous for also teaching Iyengar and Pattabhi Jois), Indra Devi is one of the biggest influencers in modern day yoga practice. Indra Devi’s journey is a fascinating one, and here we take just a glimpse at the life of this game-changing woman. (more…)

5 Essential Mudras and When to Use Them

5 Essential Mudras and When to Use Them
Image Credit: Jackie Popp on Flickr.
Image Credit: Jackie Popp on Flickr.

Ever been in class and see someone looking very yogic and wise by making funny gestures with their hands? These are mudras, and they’re more powerful than they look. When used with awareness, mudras can alter our mood, change our attitude and increase our concentration. On advanced practitioners, it is thought that mudras can be a part of the awakening of our kundalini power. Stronger than they look, right? (more…)