Latest Blog Posts

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 […]