Getting Back to the 12 Original Sivananda Asanas

12 Basic Sivananda Asanas

Since starting a Kundalini practice a number of years back, I find that everyone and a while I feel called to fall back into more of a hatha practice.  Recently I decided that my next 40 day practice would not involve a Kundalini Kriya, but rather an asana.  Synchronistically, I came across this page on the Sivananda website showing the 12 basic asanas taught in that lineage. The set is great and it feels really good to get into doing headstand and shoulder stand again each day.  I find that a few minutes in each… Read More

How My Hatha Practice Has Changed Due to Studying Kundalini Yoga

For some reason, I have been feeling a pull to do more Hatha style yoga in my daily practice.  This started as adding a sun salutation before I tuned in and has evolved to today, where I am doing close to a full Hatha set before starting my Kriyas. I appreciate the increased stretch and space and openess that hatha brings.  I also noticed that I bring a different awareness to my Hatha practice now that I’ve been practicing Kundalini for a couple of years.  A few specific areas where I’ve noticed… Read More

Hearing Jaap Sahib

It’s funny how when I do Jaap Sahib in the morning how I tend to hear it throughout the day. For example, this morning at breakfast there was music in the background and I kept thinking it was Jaap Sahib.  When I listened more closely I realized it was actually some pop song, but then when listening became more peripheral it sounded again like Jaap Sahib. I am taking this as a positive and blessed thing..

Balancing Skating with Yoga

I have recently been doing a lot of aggressive inline skating–rails, ramps, a few falls.  Whenever I skate for a while I tend to start getting pretty tight in certain areas and eventually twist something wrong and get injured. To prevent against this I have been making sure I’m in a limber and healed state before heading out to the skate park.  Most recently I’ve been on a 3 week hiatus, which has been long, but the really smart thing to do. My yoga practice has been a a combination of basic kundalini… Read More

A Meditation to Alleviate Stress in the Body

Hold your hands facing each other a few inches away from the face at eye level. Extend your thumb and index finger next to each other and close the other three fingers.  Hold the right hand so the bottom of the right thumb at eye level and the left hand so the top of the extended left finger is at eye level and aligned with the bottom of the  right thumb. Keep your eyes wide open and far stare out between your two hands. Breathe.