The 8 limbs of Yoga - An Introduction

Why did you begin yoga?

To get fit?

A friend told you something about it? 

To lose weight? 

To feel better?

When you first become a yoga student and you get onto your yoga mat, if you stay some time in the studio, if you develop a regular practice, you start to play close attention to the movements of the body, you very quickly start to discover there is more to yoga than meets the eye.

There is an understanding that yoga is a philosophy or a way of life.  It was designed by very wise people 1000's of years ago in a highly sophisticated indian culture who were interested in the refinement and evolution of the human potential.

The ancient rishi's or wisemen, (very few women as far as we know) were concerned that that the path to enlightenment, the path to find a state of peace with the world was hampered in many ways.

They set about developing a set of guidelines, a way of life, which we have as the 8 limbs or angas of yoga passed down to us today.

The 8 limbs start with two s…

Chakras: A beginner's Guide to the 7 Chakras

Chakras A Basic Introduction
Chakras are the body's energy system.  When you learn about them you learn how to work with your own awareness and ability to feel, sense and use the information in your chakras.
There is nothing needed to understand them, other than an open mind and open heart.through self-study and learning and meditation you can guide yourself to learn more and use that wisdom to energize your body and spirit.
There many books and teachers to help you learn more about chakras and your energy system, so please be aware that the information here is a very basic.
Chakra means “wheel” in Sanskrit - and through somatic experience and knowing you can truly feel how they work. So we deal not just with ideas, beliefs or thoughts, but also feelings and the chakra energy of your own spirit self.

The chakras are the division of your body energy into individual wheels or vortexes of vibration. Each chakra holds a specific function and vibration while playing an important role in th…

How Many Types of Yoga Are There? Find the Perfect Type of Yoga for your Skill Level

Confused about which yoga is right for you?

Yin yoga, Hot yoga, restorative yoga, kundalini,  Ashtanga, Iyenga, vinyasa, bikram, power yoga, butti yoga, naked yoga, I even know a teacher who teaches high heels yoga !

Then there are yogas that don’t use the body, Kriya Yoga (a system of mind, breath and devotion), Raja Yoga (meditation and mindfulness), Karma Yoga (working in service), Yoga Nidra ( a yoga meditation that can result in falling asleep what's not to like about that!)

No wonder people who want to take up a yoga practice are confused and unsure of what style, skill or level they need to be at when they start.

Firstly, let’s be clear that ALL yoga involving any physical asanas (postures) is called hatha yoga.

So let's make this clear, there are 8 limbs of yoga as set out in the ancient texts by Patanjali and the 3rd Limb are Asanas or Postures.

You could say hatha yoga is the umbrella term for all yogas that are to do with physically moving the body.  Whether you mo…

Yoga Mats - choosing one that's eco-friendly

When you put your mat on the floor it's an act of surrender.

Grab your mat. It's time.

Roll your mat on the floor.  It's me time.

Lie on your mat.  Yes.   This is Yoga time.

Union time.

All the thousand pressing issues of your life, the world and everything can fade away.  You can just inhabit the aliveness of this moment now as you enter into your world of yoga as you get onto your mat.

It's a ritual.

Although your mat is just a rolled up bit of plastic that you lay out in front of you, it's very presence puts your mind, your focus and your attention into all the wonder and mystery that can unfold on that mat.

So it's worthwhile investing in a good mat for yourself.

What is a good mat? Unless you've been living with your head under a rock, you will have some ecological awareness and the pressing issues of our time regarding pollution, recycling and use of plastics.

It's true that most yoga mats are plastic, the first mats were created in the 1980'…

The Most Difficult Thing About Yoga

I've said it before and I'll say it again, the most difficult thing about yoga, the hardest part of your yoga practice is...

 getting on your mat.

Your mind tells you you're too busy.  Your schedule says you don't have time.  You've got so much work to do, or you're on holiday.  You have to make that phone call, deal with that issue at work, do that research on the internet,  the garden or house needs attention, you promised a friend to do something and there are a hundred other pressing details of life that simply push yoga out of the way.

Yep somehow even scrolling through facebook or instagram can feel more important and sap your time away from your practice.

Or you have an ache or a pain, an injury or a niggle and your mind tells you it's best to rest.

Nike got it right when they said "Just Do It!"  in their ad campaign.

I teach Kaiut Yoga a whole system that is specifically designed to work you through your physical, mental and emotional apa…

Potential Available Within - P.A.W. - in Kaiut Yoga

"Live up to your full potential, for only then will you experience both harmony and happiness. Only then will you possess real health, not just freedom from disease."   Dr B.P. Pillai ~ 'Yoga A Way of Life'
The Potential Available Within - P.A.W. - has been referred to by Francisco Kaiut (founder of the Kaiut method of Yoga) in recent teachings.  

P.A.W. points you to see that you are born with an incredible potential inside of you. 

Huge potential.  

What is potential? And how can you tap into it in a positive way? 

You may believe that your potential is limited because of your genes.  But we now know through epigenetics that your genes can be turned ON or OFF depending on both your internal and external environment. 

If you are in an environment that exposes you to excessive amounts of stress over time, this will put you into a permanent fight or flight mode. Your cells will work as if they are fighting off an infection that doesn't really exist.  This creates an incr…

Shoulder Issues - Yoga Solutions for Shoulders

Shoulders.... shrug your shoulders, take the weight of the world on your shoulders, shoulder responsibility, the word SHOULD - er...  Yep it says it all.  Shoulders are the place in the body where many of our tightnesses and tensions of all the "should"s in our lives can get trapped.

Shoulder issues can be genetic, maybe repetition (I always carried my babies on the left),  maybe an injury, sometimes as a compensation for another area of the body, the shoulders will stop moving.  We are static in many of our modern lifestyle habits.  Think of your shoulders when on your phone, at the computer, driving the car... They don't move much do they?  Then maybe you pick up a heavy bag, or do some digging in your garden and WOW do your shoulders ever ache.

So what yoga solutions are there for shoulders?  The principle behind Kaiut yoga is about potentiality.  If you work your joints, then the muscles will follow.  The body is highly intelligent and sophisticated in its feedback lo…