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Who Owns Yoga?

September 11, 2017
Yoga competition

If you found my previous post interesting (or annoying, just as valid), there is more! In a documentary entitled “Who Owns Yoga?” the Al-Jazeera correspondent Bhanu Bhatnagar “explores the impact of our modern obsession with one of the world’s oldest physical and spiritual practises.” It’s only 50 minutes long and it features well established names from the yoga world in the West and East, such as Sharon Gannon…

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Can yoga ever be considered as a (competitive) sport?

September 6, 2017

Few months ago a fellow yoga teacher posted on Facebook an article about whether or not yoga should be considered as a sport that triggered my interest. For most of us the mere idea of talking yoga and sport, let alone yoga as a competitive sport, seems outrageous. The steady breathe, the journey for emotional and maybe even spiritual wellbeing and inner peace that we associate with yoga…

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Abhyasa and Vairagya

April 29, 2017
Yoga by the beach

Practise and non-attachment can seem to be very contradictory terms as we usually associate practise with the expectation of some sort of results. Yet together these two form the principles that the whole yoga system as we know it today rests. You might have heard your yoga teacher to say the words ”just let everything go that does not serve you”. Maybe you even liked that phrase because…

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What is Yoga Therapy?

December 30, 2016

There is a good article that has been coming up on my Facebook feed a lot lately on how Western health professional are increasingly aware of the benefits yoga therapy can bring to patients. In the recent years there has been more and more clinical research highlighting positive impact yoga can have in alleviating back pain, anxiety, insomnia and cardiovascular diseases. As yoga therapy is inherently holistic, it…

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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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Good Yoga Reads Online

October 4, 2016

***Tämä postaus on vaan englanniksi, suomenkielinen suomalaisilla linkeillä tulossa perään.*** Here’s a round up of few yoga articles & sources I return quite often. Some of you have asked more information about the benefits of yoga and how does it compare to other physical activities so hopefully you’ll find these as useful as I have.  On Philosophy: ”The Eight Limbs, The Core of Yoga” by William J.D. Doran.…

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Few words about… Yoga Injuries

September 19, 2016

When New York Times in January 2012 published an extract of William J. Broad’s upcoming book, titleing it ”How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body” it caused a big stir in the US. Although yoga injuries have always been around, until then they had remained unknown for the wider public yoga who associated practising yoga as something that heals and cures, not the opposite. The yoga community wrote several…

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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…