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 25, 2015
practice gratitude

Harvesting Contentment with Santosha

It’s not until we can find stillness and contentment in the midst of a storm that we truly find santosha. Start today, start small, and be happy.
September 15, 2015
heart chakra

Awakening Anahata: The Heart Chakra Will Go On

Through love, we connect to our powers of support, healing, creativity, and understanding. Love is the essence of the fourth chakra—anahata.
August 19, 2015
8 limbs of yoga

Will The Real Ashtanga Please Stand Up?

This eight-limbed path gives yogis a natural progression for spiritual evolution.
August 14, 2015
manipura chakra

And It Burns, Burns, Burns: The Chakra of Fire

When we connect to our third chakra, the fire in the belly, we connect to our inner power to incinerate fear, jealousy, and low self-esteem.
July 28, 2015
Ishvara Pranidhana

To Conquer Ishvara Pranidhana, Surrender (Is) Your Weapon

"Through wholehearted dedication, we become intoxicated with the Divine." —Nischala Joy Dev
July 22, 2015
saucha

Open Your Saucha Eyes to a Pure, New World

Consider how each of the yamas builds upon the other to help us prepare for saucha.
July 14, 2015
Svadhisthana

Your Sacral Chakra: Swaying with the Shakti

Svadhisthana chakra, associated with the water element, is about movement, flow, sexuality, pleasure, desire, and creativity.
June 25, 2015
Tapas Niyama

Unleash Your Inner Fire Through Tapas

When considering tapas in our yoga practice, the phrase “no pain, no gain” becomes evident.