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About The Yoga Sutras and other ponderings.

Yoga Philosophy and Mindfulness

4 Locks, 4 Keys

October 25, 2016

Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra 1.33 offers us an useful – but not always easy to follow – advise on how to cultivate a calm and clear mind, even in challenging situation. Sounds good right? This Sutra is often referred as ”four locks and four keys” Sutra, as it comes in, you guessed it, with four points, or actions to practise. There are various translations of the sutra, but roughly…

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2 Easy Breathing Techniques to Calm the Mind

October 20, 2016

Breathing. Natural, pretty essential and still so many ways of doing it. Many of us tend to breath with our chest only, i.e. only using the top part of our lungs. Yet, the power of the belly breath is far greater than we realise and deep breath works on many levels: it can bring almost instantenous stress relief, improves oxygen intake (surprise, surprise) and helps to detoxify your…

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1 Bonus Tip for Better Sleep

October 9, 2016

…and it’s a yoga pose! Legs-up-the-Wall-Pose, or Viparita Karani, is an asana favoured by many and no wonder as it is said to help with many different ailments, such as: Anxiety Arthritis Digestive problems Headache High and low blood pressure Insomnia Migraine Mild depression Respiratory ailments Urinary disorders Varicose veins Menstrual cramps Premenstrual syndrome Menopause This pose is a restorative one, so in a yoga class you would…

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8 Tips for Better Sleep

October 7, 2016

Sleeping! One of my favourite things to do and I do it well. Unfortunately not everybody is as lucky as I am and lack of sleep or inability to fall asleep is a real issue for many. Talking to people I have realised that in addition to my natural sleeping abilities there have few things I have done all my life that mean I have a specific bedtime…

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The Science Behind Yoga

September 30, 2016

If you have half an hour to spare I highly recommend this document on the scientific research behind the benefits of Yoga. No esoteric talk in sight so this is very suitable for the critical minds out there. The YouTube link belos is for the trailer, watch the whole thing here. Alla on linkki 30 minuutin dokumenttiin joogan tieteellisesti tutkituista hyödyistä, valitettavasti siinä ei ole suomenkielisiä tekstejä. YouTube-linkistä…

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What is Yoga?

September 22, 2016

I have been forcing kindly asking friends and family for some feedback on the blog. My cousin suggested I write about what yoga actually is and means, for those who see it as ”sitting on the floor in an uncomfortable position, being spiritual.” Which, of course, it should not be. So I took it upon myself to try and explain a bit what yoga is (or at least…

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5 Minute Rebase

September 20, 2016

Sometimes you just need to switch off for few moments to get your bearings back. When I was still working in an office, this mantra did it for me for every time. Put your earphones on, close your eyes and chill for 4:55. Meille kaikille tulee varmasti joskus tarve muutaman hetken irtiottoon keskellä päivää. Aina ei ole kuitenkaan mahdollisuutta poistua työpöydän ääreltä. Oma suosikkini nopeaan rauhoittumiseen on ollut…

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Yoga books I like

September 12, 2016

***English text follows the Finnish one*** Joogakirjallisuus ei ole mikään uusi asia. Ensimmäinen koottu teksti joogasta kirjallisessa muodossa, Patanjalin joogasutrat, on koottu noin vuoden 400 jKr aikoihin (ajasta ei ole varmaa tietoa ja sen takia päivänmäärissä voi näkyä eroja.) Bhagavad Gita, toinen teksti jossa viitataan joogaan, epäillään taas olevan ajalta ennen ajanlaskun alkua. Tässä tekstissä tuon esille kirjoja joista on ollut minulle hyötyä joogaopiskelussani. Osaa kirjoista tutkin melkein…