After practicing yoga for over thirty years down in the big smoke we felt called to move back into nature into an environment ideal to go deeper into the higher limbs of yoga practice. The Vedas suggest that when one comes to the middle of ones life (around 50) to change ones mode of life and spend more time on spiritual practice in nature. This mode of life is called vanaprashtha (forest dweller). This same mode of life is suggested in many yogic texts. We took that quite literally and live now on a mountaintop surrounded by ancient rainforest. Living in nature inspires our practice greatly, which we can then share when we come back into the cities to teach workshops or retreats.

This blog will give you updates of what we are currently working on and it will give us the opportunity to stay in contact with the many people and students we have worked with throughout the last few decades. Of course if you want to post any questions, your mountaintop yogis will do their best to answer them.

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 […]

How to deal with common shoulder injuries

Most shoulder injuries are caused through rapid movements performed under load. Tears of the glenoid labrum, the cartilage lining of the glenoid fossa, are usually produced in the attempt to catch a heavy falling object. This object can be your own body, if for example you fall off a chair, a ladder or a bicycle and try to brace your fall with your arm.
A common problem is decreased space between the humerus and the acromiocoracoid ceiling, which differs from one individual to the next […]

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How about spontaneous Kundalini surges or Kundalini accidents?

I am getting a fair amount of enquiries relating to strange, very intense body symptoms, sometimes involving loss of consciousness, incredible surges of energy, burning sensations accompanied by emotional highs and discharges in some cases uncontrolled catharting. Some of these experiences are described as ecstatic, epiphanies, others as scary and threatening, but usually ‘out of control’.

Sometimes these experiences seem to be related to experimenting with Mula Bandha and breathing […]

What’s the correct name of that first posture in 3rd series?

I was asked about my thoughts regarding the name of the first posture in the Advanced A series of postures in Ashtanga Yoga. K P Jois calls this posture Vishvamitrasana and the second posture Vasishtasana whereas BKS Iyengar has the names the other way around and most modern authors have followed him. I will here briefly describe the characters of the two Vedic rishis and then make a convincing case for the correctness of Jois’ view […]

Hatha Yoga or The Physical Dimension of Meditation

Hatha Yoga is the physical dimension of yoga, its two main disciplines being posture and breath work. But Hatha Yoga is not – or at least historically was not – a style of yoga that reduced it to the physical aspect. In the beginning there was only the one yoga, sometimes referred to as Maha Yoga, the great yoga. Before the one greater yoga broke apart into small factions, Hatha Yoga was the physical school through which all yogis had to pass. No yogi, however, remained at the level of Hatha Yoga or even reduced yoga to this level. Hatha Yoga was thus the ‘primary school’ of the […]

All yoga one

As the four Vedas were originally one, so all yoga in the beginning constituted one single system, sometimes called Maha Yoga, the great yoga. The separation into Bhakti, Karma, Hatha, Raja Yoga etc. is artificial, as they are only aspects of the one yoga. The various aspects of Hatha Yoga constitute nothing but the physical aspects of meditation. They are the groundwork and supports on which the structure of meditation is erected. […]

How to find the time for asana, pranayama and meditation?

I frequently get asked how modern yogis could find the time for for all the various yogic techniques that I am suggesting. My book ‘Yoga Meditation’ contains an extensive analysis of this problem, delving into what’s in India called phase of life (ashrama), world age (yuga), profession group (varna) and purpose in life (svadharma).

“How much to practice?

It is true, you can practice too much. This would be the case if your practice led you to neglecting your duties towards society and family […]

What is Kundalini?

The Purusha Sukta of the Rig Veda states that in the beginning there was the Brahman only. The Brahman is the deep reality or the infinite consciousness or the physicists call it the unified field or the state before the Big Bang. In order to create the world and bring about its own quality of reflectiveness/awareness the Brahman then became polar. The two poles in India are often called Shiva (pure consciousness) and Shakti (creative force) […]