Yoga Teaches You Mindset

I went to a yoga workshop many years ago and the teacher, at a point when we were all holding a really hard pose, said, you know why I encourage you to keep calm and breathe steadily? We all raised our eyes, like yeah, really? When are we going to be released from the...

Yoga Poses for Different Moments in Your Life

I sometimes like to categorize yoga poses according to the effect they have on me, for example: Standing poses – strengthening, fierce (in the Bey way) Inversions – energizing (except, when you’ve been practicing a long time and headstand and shoulderstand...

Categorizing Yoga Poses

In yoga asana – the physical practice of yoga, there are a number of different ways to categorize the poses. One is by their names – eg. animal poses (e.g. downward facing dog, scorpion, eagle), sage poses, (vishvamitra, virhaba) shape/anatomy poses...

What is Healthy?

In Yoga and Ayurveda, we are thought to be made up of koshas or sheaths. These sheaths, when functioning well are stacked on top of each other, like Russian stacking dolls or the layers of an onion. The first is the physical body – the anamyakosha. The second is...

Self-Determination Theory

You feel most powerful when… … you are acting from a place of self-motivation and self-drive, you feel capable and competent in your work and you are connected to others, to the goal, and to the social frame within which you are acting. So says the...

Grit

Angela Duckworth in her book Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, states that passion and perseverance, i.e. our excitement about something and our commitment to pursuing it, are the fundamentals for grittiness. She makes a cogent case for the power of grit in...