The 8 limbs of Yoga – Part 2: How to live in the world – The Yamas

The first limb of the 8 limbs of Yoga is divided into 5 parts and they are collectively referred to as the Yamas. Yama is often translated as ‘restraint’, but it can also mean ‘self-control’ or ‘great moral rule’ or ‘duty’. Most people gloss over the first limb as it seems to convey what all […]

The 8 limbs of Yoga – Part 1: Asana

The 8 limbs of Yoga – Part 1: The 3. limb I often talk about the 8 limbs of Yoga and here is a bit of a breakdown what they are and in what context we can apply them to our lives. ‘Ashtanga Yoga’ literally means ‘8 limbs of Yoga’ from the Sanskrit ashta (8) […]

Yogita Yoga Community Event: Movie Night

SAT October 29, 5-7 pm: Yoga History and Philosophy You may have been practicing yoga for a while and may find yourself asking all those questions: “Where did yoga come from? What are its roots? What does it do? And who are the influences that shaped what yoga is today?” or you are just curious […]

Free Yogita Yoga Community Event: Movie and Philosophy Night

SAT July 9, 4:30-6:30pm:  Join us for this wonderful Yogita Yoga Community Event! The featured movie is a documentary about the healing power of the mind (watch the trailer here) and it involves medical practioners, people with chronic or acute illnesses and yoga and meditation teachers – all giving their account about the healing power […]

The Yamas and Niyamas in a Nutshell

The Yamas and Niyamas are the first two parts of Patanjali’s yoga of 8-limbs.   The ‘Yamas’ are principles to develop disciplines that helps us interact mindfully with the outside world: 1)     Ahimsa: non-harming, including ourselves; developing a sensitivity to all living beings 2)     Satya: truthfulness; being honest but not hurtful with your words 3)     […]

Yoga as a Philosophy and Practice

“Yoga is at once a philosophy and a practice.  As a philosophy, yoga is the voice of the sages telling us clearly who we are, where we come from, and where we are going.  As a practice, yoga is a technique developed by the sages to help us awaken our dormant abilities, to strengthen our […]

What is ‘Yoga’?

Yoga is an ancient art that comes from India; the name translates as creating union. This concept of creating union is expressed in the philosophical perspective that our lives are an energetic combination of body, mind and spirit.  The physical action of the yoga poses serve to challenge the practitioner to create balance, strength and […]