Going Further Without Going Farther.

Staircases, mountains, long lonely road ahead are common images for progress. Linear images.

Linear progression along a set sequence in Ashtanga is another example. The quintessential next pose defines advancement.

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Veganism, Non-Violence and Yoga

I had the pleasure of conducting a workshop on Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali recently in Singapore. One of the participants raised an interesting question on Ahimsa. “Isn’t injury to oneself also considered part of the definition of “injury”? Doesn’t a vegan diet inflict injury on oneself? Where do we draw the line?”

My thoughts (and the answer to the question) are as follows.

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Weekend Musing – The Happiness Problem

Observation

The world is always changing. Objects arise, wither and disintegrate. Mind, the instrument of perception, is also in constant flux.

Implication

We desire an object. Attainment of it produces happiness. However, the object changes. We change. Our own preferences change. What produced happiness does not produce happiness anymore. It produces suffering. Continue reading

Yoga for Traders – Mind Those Hip Flexors!

Traders, Bankers, coders and other office slaves sit (on chair) for long hours on daily basis. The hours and days add up and result in postural imbalances that cause other issues. Sitting cannot be avoided for most of these professionals. So, any well constructed Āsana training should address restoration (i.e. mitigate/correct the imbalance from sitting) and more importantly, preparation (i.e. prepare the body adequately for sitting prolonged time). Continue reading

Yoga for Traders

I have a suspicion that Patañjali was a derivatives trader. Yoga seems to have been created specifically for traders. There is much in Yoga that can aid a trader to become better at what he or she does.

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Heart in Yoga

It is fashionable to bash intellect in modern spiritual circles. One often hears: “Heart, not brain”. Or some variation of it. Interestingly, although “gut feel” is used in popular discourse, it does not seem to be popular in the spiritual circles. I wonder why!

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Vinyāsa Woes

Practitioners of Aṣtānga Vinyāsa Yoga are serious folks. Aṣtānga (not to be confused with the eight limbs mentioned in Yoga Sūtras) is the Crossfit equivalent of the modern Yoga scene.

One of the distinguishing features of this style is its strict adherence to specified Vinyāsas for each Āsana or posture in the practice sequence.

Anything cultish, as history shows, is breeding ground for humour! So I have to do my part here. Continue reading

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