What are the Yamas and Niyamas? The Ultimate Guide

yamas and niyamas of yoga

The yamas and niyamas of yoga are the first two disciplines of Ashtanga yoga. To understand the yamas and niyamas, we need to understand Ashtanga yoga and its origins. Ashtanga yoga is described as the 8 (astha) limbs (anga) of yoga. Ashtanga yoga is derived from the ‘Yoga Sutras of Patanjali’. Ayurveda and yogic culture […]

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How to Test Ayurveda Doshas – Vata, Pitta, Kapha

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Vata, pitta, and kapha are the 3 doshas that make up who we are. In Ayurveda, everything is explained in terms of these doshas and their current state. If you are in a balanced doshic state, your doshas are ‘in balance’ according to your Prakruti/original blueprint or constitution. If they are not in balance, you […]

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How to Practice Yoga Nidra (and Its Benefits)

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Yoga Nidra is an ancient practice that originates in India. Mostly documented in Sankhya philosophy which is one of the oldest philosophies of Sanathana Dharma (or in laymen’s terms, Hinduism). Yoga Nidra or yogic sleep is also mentioned in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika and in Advaita Vedanta, among other books and philosophies. The practice is […]

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How to Use Mala Beads for Meditation + Benefits

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Mala beads have a spiritual purpose in ancient East Asians religions. Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism all use mala beads for the purpose of enhancing the meditative practice. In India, the use of mala beads goes as far back as the 8th century BCE. The word “mala” simply put means garland in Sanskrit. However, they are […]

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How To Practice Anulom Vilom Pranayama and its Benefits

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Anulom vilom pranayama or anuloma viloma is the practice of conscious breathing through alternate nostril breathing. Ayurveda and Yoga both emphasize the practice of pranayama – the discipline of breath. Another way to describe pranayama is the control you have over how you are breathing in life force energy – prana. And how that energy […]

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How to Perform an Ayurvedic Abhyanga Self-Massage

Ayurveda abhyanga self-massage

Abhyanga self-massages have only recently started making the rounds in our modern world. And that includes India too, where this concept originated deep in the hills of the Indus Valley. Now, some may argue that self-massages are not an Indian concept – and I agree with that. What we are talking about here is the […]

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What are the 7 Chakras & How to Unblock Them

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What are chakras and why should we care about them? Most people in the modern world would probably have come across the concept of chakras. At the very least, they would have heard the word and thought it was another new age frou-frou that they didn’t care about. However, what is fascinating is that the […]

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