Pranayama – Breathing

The movements of the asanas, although beneficial in many ways, are also a distraction. When you sit or lie down in pranayama, the obvious physical movement of the body is gone, and you can concentrate on more inner qualities. Tony Briggs Breathe is the Word Ask people what yoga is, and most will say something…

Our New Website

After many, many months of writing, rewriting, back-and-forths, finalising and refinalising, editing, and proofreading our shiny new Yogabatics website is finally live. All the stress, blood (no actual blood was spilt), sweat, and tears were worth it. We have a site that is much simpler and easier to use than the old one. Obviously it…

Asteya – non-stealing

The third poem in our series exploring the Yamas is asteya, or, non-stealing. It is about much, much more than just physically not taking things. With asteya we need to think about how all of our actions, words, and thoughts might be taking something away from somebody – even ourselves. It could be criticising someone…

Satya – non-falsity

Dispel the clouds that block you
From your most hidden self.
To this self stay true.

Ahimsa – non-violence

The Eight Limbs of Yoga (Ashtanga) were conceived by ancient Hindu sage Patanjali. The eight limbs are:  yama (abstinences), niyama (observances), asana (yoga postures), pranayama (breath control), pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses), dharana (concentration), dhyana (meditation) and samadhi (absorption). The first limb, yama, is split into five sections: ahimsa, satya, asteya, brahmacharya, and aparigraha. These are things that we should all strive to avoid in our daily lives – violence,…