I knew that learning the Ashtanga Primary Series was going to be a challenge. I knew because I had already tried and failed not that long ago, at a time where I wasn’t mentally prepared.
Yoga has been for me so much more than a sport. As my practice has deepened over the last ten or so years since I started taking some online yoga course and reading books about yoga, at some point, something shifted, and I am so thankful for this. One of my favourite yoga quotes comes from Patanjali and goes: “A mind free from all disturbances is yoga”.
The technique of Kriya Yoga is an ancient practice that was revived in the East in 1861 when Mahavatar Babaji taught the technique to his disciple Lahiri Mahasaya. It was then brought to the West in 1920 by Paramahansa Yogananda and popularised in his 1946 book ‘Autobiography of a Yogi’ — which is often cited as one of the most important spiritual books of the 20th Century.
But what exactly is Kriya Yoga?
Full name: UTTHITA TRIKONASANA = Extended Triangle Pose
Utthita = Extended (pronunciation: oo-TEE-tah)
Trikona = Three angle or triangle (pronunciation: trik-con)
Asana = Pose (pronunciation: AHS-anna)
Why You Should Practise Trikonasana
The mystical Central American nation of Costa Rica is a place of stunning and lush jungle scenery, jaw-dropping beaches and an altogether welcoming country where you can lose yourself in the mists of ancient time and find yourself all over again. Your true deep self. And if you decide to embark on a yoga retreat Costa Rica has it all.
As someone who has read countless books about yoga and watched several yoga movies, I know all too well the positive effect that they can have on your practice and on your daily life.
Yoga is so much more than simply taking classes. It’s about changing our outlook on life and boosting our physical and mental wellbeing. It’s developing harmony between the mind, body and environment. And perhaps, most importantly, it’s a spiritual tradition that dates back thousands of years. So where better to learn about the fascinating history, traditions and practice of yoga than in the pages of a book?
I (re)discovered yoga in the midst of an internal personal crisis while far far away and very lonely. Incidentally, as I was backpacking through South-East Asia and moving constantly, doing all sorts of online yoga courses, reading yoga books, and watching yoga movies were my favourite to do on the go out of my hotel rooms. They gave me tools to cope better and find the inner strength to push through.
So you’ve decided you want to embrace ancient Shamanic plant medicines by heading on an ayahuasca retreat but don’t know where to start? Well, you’ve come to the right place.
Deciding to take the plunge into your first ayahuasca retreat is a pretty big deal, and deciding which retreat to go to is an even bigger one. You’ll have many questions, I’m sure. What can I expect on an ayahuasca retreat? Where can I find the best retreats? How do I choose the right ayahuasca retreat for me?
Screw men. Haha lol, not really, but just a tiny bit, still. This 2021, all I want is to gather with soul sisters and practice mindfulness away from men in a women retreat where I can let my hair down and my inner Wild Woman run free.
Having some extra time on your hands? Did you know online yoga teacher training courses were a thing? That’s right, Yoga Alliance recently approved fully remotely-obtained YTTs as accepted for registration with them (which is a prerequisite to be able to teach in the first place). Since it’s a relatively new business, the prices are still super low when compared to other YTTs and an amazing opportunity for yogis on a budget.