Perspectives, Yoga

First Chapter of Nayaswami Gyandev’s New Book, Spiritual Yoga

Chapter 1 The Art and Science of Hatha Yoga Yoga is an art as well as a science. It is a science, because it offers practical methods for controlling body and mind, thereby making deep meditation possible. And it is an art, for unless it is practiced intuitively and sensitively it will yield only superficial results. — Paramhansa Yogananda Hatha … Read More

Therapeutic Yoga, Yoga

Therapeutic Yoga for the Lower Back

Picture this: You are about to begin teaching your Thursday evening yoga class when in walks a new student: a middle-aged man, slightly overweight, wearing glasses and a smile on his face. In making your usual introductions, you learn that his name is Randy. You ask him, “Do you have any injuries, or anything else that I should know about?” … Read More

Especially for Teachers, Yoga

Helping Students Master the Asanas: Part One

“Will I ever be able to do ____?” [Fill in the blank with a popular yoga asana.] This is a question that I often receive from my students. They have seen the pictures in the books and watched some of their classmates glide—seemingly effortlessly—into a pose that is challenging to the watchers. I never answer with a simple yes or … Read More

Therapeutic Yoga, Yoga

Yoga Asanas and Stretches for The Lower Back

Hey, guess what? We are going to pretend that Randy — you remember Randy from the last therapeutic yoga article, whom we almost sent to the hospital because he had so many complications with his back problem — has responded well to a conservative yoga therapy program. Can you guess what has been his favorite part of his yoga program? Well, … Read More

Especially for Teachers, Yoga

Getting the Point

Have you ever reached a point with your sadhana — or in your teaching, or in anything else from which you seek fulfillment — where it just wasn’t giving you what you wanted? Did you think, “What’s wrong; why isn’t there more joy”? Of course you have. Everyone has. But what can we do about it? I’d like to share with you … Read More

Especially for Teachers, Yoga

Burn Bright, Not Out

In 2002, I interviewed three Ananda Yoga® teachers who teach a lot, and I’ll share their wisdom with you. Each of them gave a wealth of insights and solutions, including: how to recognize the many ways in which burnout can manifest finding the causes of burnout a wide variety of practical solutions, both preventative and remedial Even if you don’t … Read More

Miscellaneous, Yoga

Living in the Spine

Recently someone asked me: “You say that yogis need to live in the spine. What does that mean, and how can we do it?” Good question! At Ananda, we so often speak of living in the spine that it’s easy to forget that its meaning isn’t obvious; in fact, newcomers sometimes think it’s downright strange. I’d like to address how … Read More