The ajna chakra is the "command center" of the body located at the eyebrow center. Balancing the energies of ajna chakra supports the regulation of the nervous system and a deeper intuitive awakening.
The quintessential practice for working with the ajna chakra is nadi shodhanam, alternate nostril breath. This technique enhances the ability to hold attention at the eyebrow center.
The five yamas are guidelines for skillful living. Understanding and integrating them into daily life will support the inner strength and happiness that come from the practice of yoga.
In the modern practice of yoga, it is common to focus on one or two of the of the 8 limbs and forget the rest. When we include them all, we are able to take our practice to the next level.
Do you squeeze your yoga practice into your day like it’s one more item on a long list of daily duties? This short vinyasa sequence can help you reinvigorate your practice.
When we do karma yoga—action done without worrying about the outcome—we’re more relaxed, and we actually do a better job.
Pratyahara does not mean suppressing or arresting the senses! We need our mind and senses to be outward in order to function in the world and enjoy life. Pratyahara should be undertaken only in meditation. It means training and mastering the mind and senses so they stop running aimlessly. Panditji describes the path of practice from sense withdrawal to samadhi.
When the weather turns cold and dry, it's time to pacify vata dosha (the cold, light, dry aspect of our constitution). Kathryn emphasizes the importance of including abhyanga (self-massage with oil) in our daily routine, to keep the body moist. She also suggests adopting a winter yoga practice that is grounding, restorative, and rejuvenating.
Why don’t we fulfill our New Year’s resolutions? By making our iccha shakti, the power of will and manifestation within us, stronger than our patterns.