True Yoga: Practicing with the Yoga Sutras…

True Yoga: Practicing with the Yoga Sutras…

By Annette Watson If you’re not familiar with the Yoga Sutras, this Sanskrit text is believed to have been written more than 2,000 years ago by the sage Patanjali, who collected 196 short verses that could be learned and lived. Sutra translates as “thread” or...
Meaning-making with mantra

Meaning-making with mantra

Mantra—put simply, a sound we’ve imbued with meaning—is one among many possible elements of a yoga practice. A mantra can be repeated aloud or silently. The scholar Georg Feuerstein describes mantra as follows: “The word mantra is derived from the Sanskrit...
Yoga as a complementary therapy for stroke

Yoga as a complementary therapy for stroke

Even with conditions as serious as stroke and brain injury, yoga therapy can be a helpful complement to regular medical care when practiced under the guidance of a qualified yoga therapist (start your search here). As an example, the Yoga for Stroke program provides...
Get some (yogic) sleep!

Get some (yogic) sleep!

Yoga nidra, or “yogic sleep,” is one tool your yoga therapist might recommend to help with restlessness, repatterning of unhelpful thought habits, insomnia, and more. That might sound a little…esoteric, but this type of guided meditation practice is...
A Journey into Yin Yoga

A Journey into Yin Yoga

BOOK REVIEW: A Journey into Yin Yoga, by Travis Eliot Review by Michelle Pietrzak-Wegner This new addition to the Yin Yoga literature is a well-designed manual for approaching this quiet practice—a possible antidote to our fast-paced, yang-oriented lives (and usual...