Yoga Philosophy


While the physical practice of asana is important, the heart of yoga lies in the connection between the mind, body, and spirit. The articles below explore this connection, offering an introduction to the principles of yoga philosophy and guidance for applying them to your daily life. Read new reflections on ancient yogic texts, such as the Yoga Sutras of Pantanjali, the Vedas, and the Bhagavad Gita. Gain insight into the eight limbs of yoga, and learn how to apply them for a more complete, yogic lifestyle. Find out what happens when you stop just doing yoga, and start living yogi.

Recent Posts for Yoga Philosophy & Lifestyle

November 9, 2017

Rolling It Out: 2017 Yoga Holiday Gift Guide

The holiday season is upon us once again, which means it’s time to start shopping. Check out this years' holiday gift guide for yoga lovers!
November 7, 2017

What I Wish I Knew Before Teaching My First Yoga Class

Being a yoga teacher is one of the most rewarding professions I have ever had. Check out the 10 things I wish I'd known before I started teaching yoga.
October 25, 2017

A Day in the Life of a Yoga Instructor and Business Owner

Step into the life of Cuccio Somatology owner and yoga instructor, Danielle Cuccio. Learn how she balances the hustle and bustle of her daily life.
October 5, 2017

Motivate Yourself With These Simple Mudras and Mantras

With the help of a few simple mudras and mantras you can easily motivate yourself to take on whatever life throws at you.
August 18, 2017

Inside the Pancha Kosha: Uncovering the 5 Layers of Self

Yoga philosophy teaches that the individual spirit or atman operates through five bodies or sheaths called the pancha kosha. This concept, explained in the Taittiriya Upanishad, […]
August 18, 2017

Activate the Digestive Fire By Practicing Nauli Breathing

I’ve always been fascinated by the yogis who can manipulate their belly in nauli kriya. In the yogic tradition there is a common theme of purification. […]
August 7, 2017

Let Your Yoga Attire Take You Higher

Before you head to your next yoga class, you shouldn’t overlook one of the fundamental essentials—yoga attire. The clothes that you wear to a yoga class can […]
August 1, 2017

Bandhas 101: All About the 4 Yogic Body Locks

Dive deeper into the meaning and significance of  the various bandhas. Picture this—it has been drizzling for hours. The mud has accumulated into fragments of dirt […]