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...

Hierarchy of Needs

Maslow’s theory is a developmental model of needs and its original form consists of a pyramid with five layers: Physiological, Safety, Love/Belonging, Esteem, and Self-actualization (to Self-Transcendence), from bottom to top. This theory has been argued about and...

Why Do you Act?

Are you doing it for others? This is a notion inherent to certain faiths or practices. When you take refuge as a Buddhist, you commit to saying the Bodhisattva vow, which basically states that you wish to continue being reborn until everyone is enlightened....