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YogaLondon and Oxford joining forces

YogaLondon and Oxford joining forces

YogaLondon’s exclusive course on the Philosophy of Yoga is run jointly by YogaLondon (YL) and the prestigious Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies (OCHS). We talked to our very own co-founders, Edward Serrano and Rebecca Ffrench, who gave us the inside info on this new partnership. (more…)

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Why bother learning Sanskrit Pose Names?!

Why bother learning Sanskrit Pose Names?!
Why bother learning Sanskrit Pose Names?!
Image Credit: Patrick Hendry via Flickr.

Why do we need to know the Sanskrit names for yoga poses? Why not just call them by their translated name? The Sanskrit terms for poses are often difficult to remember, as well as a mouthful to pronounce.  It can put some students off, as they shy away from the ‘yogic’ side of things and just want to have a good stretch. (more…)

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The Yogi’s Bookshelf: Mudras For Modern Life by Swami Saradananda

The Yogi’s Bookshelf: Mudras For Modern Life by Swami Saradananda

How ancient gestures can boost your health, enhance your yoga and deepen your meditation.

The Yogi’s Bookshelf: Mudras For Modern Life by Swami Saradananda
Image Credit: Jackie Popp via Flickr.

Every so often it’s fun to add a new layer to your practice. Something that takes you a little further into the yoga experience, sheds new light on familiar territory, or guides the way towards uncharted realms within. Mudras can do this. These ancient hand gestures belong not only to yoga, but also to Indian dance, martial arts and kinesiology. They reveal to us that if we learn how, the power for transformation is in our hands. (more…)

‘The Wound is the Place Where the Light Enters’

‘The Wound is the Place Where the Light Enters’

The yoga of finding joy in the midst of suffering.

The capacity to feel joy is a gift we all possess. You only need hear a baby laugh to know that the ability to be joyful is a natural and innate thing. But, life being life, we all inevitably go through periods where we can lose touch with it, or worse, feel like we’ve forgotten how to feel joyful at all. Suffering is not something we can avoid as humans. (more…)