Understanding Yoga

I saw a post in the reddit flexibility forum and had a few comments to make: First, understand that many yogas do not involve stretching at all Yoga simply means to yoke or join the lower self with the higher self. Bhakti Yoga is devotional yoga it involves prayers and chanting and perhaps some prostrations. But by no means does […]

How I got into (and out of, and back into) Sivananda Yoga

My story is kind of similar to others. I wasnt exactly looking for Sivananda Yoga. Not exactly. I was doing hot yoga in Colorado but for some reason started listening to Indian chants and was wondering why the yoga studio I was at thought it was OK to play rock, pop, etc. After being fired from my job in Colorado […]

Yoga Lineages Descended from Sivananda

Sivananda Saraswati lived from 1887 – 1963. Sivananda can be considered one of two grandfathers of many modern yoga schools, with Krishnamacharya being the other. Numerous organizations have emerged from his teaching. The most famous is “Sivananda Yoga” developed by Swami Vishnudevananda. “Sivananda Yoga-Vedanta centers” might be the most widespread yoga system on Planet Earth. This is especially true if […]

Is stretching in a hot room actually more effective long-term?

Someone asked about stretching in a hot room and after looking at the answers, I felt compelled to make a few points: “hot” is a relative term Different people consider different temperatures hot. When Bikram instituted hot yoga here, he was merely making the room similar to the normal temperature in India. “hot” here is normal there… and that also […]

Bhajan – Mata Tu Kamla Haih

This dancy bhajan is sung by Ishaputra, the leader of Kaulantak Peeth. He is a VERY accomplished yogi. But in this video he treats us to an enjoyable bhajan.