Entries by Robert McConnell

Malasana

Asana: Malasana, Garland Pose or Squat Malasana is an excellent pose for transitioning from standing asanas to the floor. It opens the hips, improves balance, and is a great prenatal pose. In this photo, the hands are placed together in Namaskara mudra. However, the arms can also wrap around the knees, clasping the hands behind […]

Mala Beads

What are Mala Beads? A mala is a garland of 108 beads used to count the recitation of mantras. Mala is Sanskrit for garland. Malas are used in Eastern spiritual practices, but more than 2/3’s of the world population uses prayer beads in their spiritual practice including Christians (Catholic rosary), Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism.  They […]

Sivoham Meditation

My teacher Hari taught me this meditation, which is meant to help us find harmony in prakriti. Prakriti is nature, or all of the manifested Universe, which is subject to the effects of the three gunas. The gunas are the three potential qualities found in everything that is manifested. The three qualities are sattva (purity, […]

Wisdom, from the Yogic Perspective

Wisdom is not prominent in our time, which more values knowledge and information. Only very recently, perhaps because we are beginning to recognize the shortcomings of knowledge, has wisdom become an object of scientific (psychological) curiosity and investigation. Yoga, however, is packed with wisdom. The yogic masters may be somewhat ignorant in conventional terms, but […]

Adaptable Yogi offers Adaptable Yoga

Joshua Dueck teaches adaptable yoga. He was a freestyle skier and coach before he broke his back on a ski jump. Since then he has become a Gold and Silver medalist in several Paralympic games. He decided he wanted to become a certified yoga teacher, and after his training completed, I asked him how he […]

Meditation

I Want to Practice Meditation, but my Mind is Racing all the Time. What can I do about this? – by Brenda and Georg Feuerstein Over 2,000 years ago, Prince Arjuna asked this same question of the enlightened master Krishna in the Bhagavad-Gita. Krishna assured him that the mind can in fact be controlled. In […]

Spelt Scones

Autumn Warmth in Delicious Spelt Scones By Jools Andrés Spelt is an ancient grain, a wheat ancestor that was very popular in Europe in the Iron and Middle Ages. It has some really nice qualities that appeal to modern palates, however, including an easier to digest form of gluten along with a satisfying texture and […]

Trikonasana

Trikonasana: Triangle Pose, by Kamala Wilkie I was in my first yoga session ever and repeatedly experiencing the shock and “how did this happen?” inquiry of a stuck and limited body. At 24 I was scared and appalled at the Tin Man inner experience of my in-class Triangle Pose. So I took it on as […]

Yoga for Children

Cats, Trees, and Bridges: Yoga for Children Maria Montessori, an Italian physician and educator best known for her philosophy of education, is quoted as saying, “The development of the mind comes through movement.” Yoga is movement, yoga uses imagination, yoga is about playing with the body, the mind and the spirit, and yoga is about […]

Integrating Yoga with Martial Arts

A student recently asked some questions regarding the integrating yoga with martial arts. To answer these questions in the best way possible, we asked our SOYA Teacher Trainer in Pitt Meadows, who does just that! She has been practicing yoga for more than 40 years, and karate for 23 years. Here is how Dorothy Fizzell […]