Why overheating the yoga room is not a good idea

In this post I’m challenging the notion that excess sweating is good for your health and that yogis in India liked to practice in heat. While slightly heating the room might be reasonable, on a deeper level yoga requires igniting your agni (inner fire). Read how this is related to converting metabolic fire into fire of intelligence and how heating your yoga room less could contribute to a reduction of greenhouse emissions.

Personality Cults and Charlatans in Yoga

In the wake of Australia’s own Satyananda-lineage scandal (and many other scandals that went before it) I was asked to air my “thoughts on the problems associated with personality cults and yoga and how people affected can return to an authentic practice which inspired them at the beginning but got waylaid by charlatans who have […]

How to deal with Hallux Valgus (Bunions)

Unfortunately I can give a first hand description of bunion formation. Having a personal interest I have thoroughly researched this deformity. Hallux is Latin for our big toe and valgus is a deformity that describes a movement of a bone towards the mid-line of the body. This is the same deformity that occurs in ‘knock-kneed’ when the shin bone […]

What is Authentic Yoga?

I was asked this question by quite a few readers after my recent ‘Zealot’ post, which raised the issue that yoga, which reduces itself to posture might not be true yoga after all. The reason why I hold this position comes from the fact that I am approaching yoga very much from what the ancient yogic texts say. For me they are the authority on what is yoga and what isn’t.

In todays society we are very much used to the fact that what is valid today, has no more meaning tomorrow and we often smirk at our ancestors and look at them somehow as primitive. Well, think again!

Yoga Therapy for Hamstring Injuries

This injury often occurs where the tendon of the hamstring muscle knits into the membranous lining of the bone (the periosteum), in this case where it covers the ischial tuberosity or sit-bone. Often this is not a tear of the tendon itself but an avulsion, where the periosteum has been pulled or torn away from the bone. This injury can, of course, happen to varying degrees and brings pain and stiffness in forward bends. If you especially feel discomfort in wide-legged forward bends it is most likely the hamstring portion of adductor magnus where it also inserts onto the sit-bone that is injured […]