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Standardising the non-standard

page-featureA recent proposal to create a ‘National Occupational Standard’ (NOS) within the field of teaching yoga has ignited a wave controversy and debate within the UK yoga community..Continue Reading »
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Ashtanga Yoga and God

page-feature'From devotion to God, Samadhi is attained’ (YS 2.45 *)
In Patanjali’s sutra, the final stage of yoga is Samadhi - ‘clear perception.’ Patanjali outlines two methods by which to accomplish Samadhi:Continue Reading »
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The roots of postural yoga

page-featureModern Yoga is a composite hybrid of practices in which the somatic techniques of Hatha Yoga converge with the experiential philosophy of Patanjali’s Eight limbed path..Continue Reading »
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Fast food yoga - commodifying the sacred

Commodification of Yoga
In recent years, a plethora of new 'yoga styles' have emerged. Many have extraordinary names such as: ‘Voga’, ‘Tequila Yoga’, ‘Playboy Yoga’, ‘Glow Yoga’, ‘Rage Yoga’, ‘Chocolate Yoga’, and ‘Baked Yoga’ (for stoners).
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