Lot of stuff in the News recently around ‘top shelf’ magazine campaigns, amidst my son staying with me with its inevitable associations back to ones own twenties. Musing on this takes me back to the sixties and a previous Janma.Continue Reading
Lot of stuff in the News recently around ‘top shelf’ magazine campaigns, amidst my son staying with me with its inevitable associations back to ones own twenties. Musing on this takes me back to the sixties and a previous Janma.
Roots, Verb Forms and Primary Derivatives of the Saṃskṛta Language
- W D Whitney – Saṃskṛta Professor Yale University 1895
From Archive.Org Online Resources
Yoga and modern medicine - A Dialogue:
Dr Uma Krishnaswamy talks to TKV Desikachar.
Special issue with the Sunday Magazine from the publishers of THE HINDU Well-being : March 12, 2000
Yoga is no more effective at relieving back pain than doing stretches, a study has found.
“I obviously appreciate that the Yoga methodology used in the study is the viniyoga of Yoga.
However I feel what it is being missed is that the very nature of the word viniyoga is the personalised application of Yoga according to each person’s story and their current health and life situation.
For this to work the meeting has to be just one teacher and one student, which, from all the evidence, was Krishnamacharya’s priority aside from specific group situations such as teaching children Āsana or studying Yoga philosophy.”
The New York Times’ science writer William J Broad’s latest book, the Science of Yoga: The Risks and the Rewards, which examines the science behind claims for the benefits of yoga, has caused quite a stir among Yoga practitioners with claims of serious health risks.
For the full interview visit the link to the Huffington Healthy Living
EF: What is the goal of yoga?
GGB: We have limited intellect, we have no idea what Samadhi is and if it’s same for everybody. To become more conscious and more aware and more able to deal with the stress that is constantly inundating us, I think that’s the best we can hope for in this day and age. The ancient sages had experiences beyond what the senses and the mind can contemplate. They realized that the body and mind are obstacles to awareness and spent a lot of time exploring that. It’s probably the basis of religion. But nowadays, after a yoga class, within seconds the students are looking in their pockets for their cell phones, so how long does it really last?
“Yoga is for people in good physical condition. Or it can be used therapeutically. It’s controversial to say, but it really shouldn’t be used for a general class.”
New York Times January 7th 2012 – Heads up to my old friend from Kathmandu Billy Forbes
For most people it is a way of toning the limbs and soothing the stresses of everyday life, but the Catholic Church’s best-known exorcist says yoga is evil. From The Daily Telegraph Tuesday 29th November 2011.
I am reminded of the TKV Desikachar interview with the quote:
“Unfortunately, many people are not able to differentiate between Yoga and Hinduism. This is the biggest blunder I have seen in many institutions.”
The practice – an essential part of Buddhist and Indian Yoga traditions – has entered the mainstream as people try to find ways to combat stress and improve their quality of life.
That yoga has lost some of its oomph as it becomes more a business and less a practice is no secret. But whether this change is a good or bad thing is up for debate.
All patients getting cancer treatment should be told to do two and a half hours of physical exercise every week, says a report by Macmillan Cancer Support. (More than many attending their weekly Yoga Āsana Class? Plus there are also holidays to take into account?)
BBC News Today
“Man, because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then he dies having never really lived.”
Prepared and Published by Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries. Choose the SLP1 Input option and use the downloadable PDF Sanskrit alphabet guide to help with choosing the appropriate Romanised Sanskrit letters.
A Conversation where David Gordon White, the author of Sinister Yogis, The Alchemical Body and Kiss of the Yogini talks facts, figures and the Yoga Sutra talk with Susan Maier-Moul, the editor of The Magazine of Yoga.
Click the links to read (in two parts) Part One Part Two.
This is a Saṃskṛta text with an English translation of Twenty Yoga Upaniṣad. The translator, TR Srinivasa Iyengar, has closely followed the Saṃskṛta commentaries of Śrī Upaniṣad Brahman Yogin who is the one of the few known to have achieved the unique distinction of having written a commentary on all the 108 Upaniṣad.
Click to download the translation as an Open Source PDF
So it goes with many a great relationship, when sheen starts to lose luster, and that dreaded shroud of doubt creeps in. A woeful, ‘We just don’t talk anymore’ leads to ‘Where has the romance gone?’ to a resentful ‘You only love me for my money!’
Yoga Dork’s latest article for YogaCityNYC
Can people strengthen the brain circuits associated with happiness and positive behavior, just as we’re able to strengthen muscles with exercise?
Contemplative neuroscientists believe it can.
From CNN’s Dan Gilgoff via Yoga Dork
An Article by Mariana Caplan, PhD. She is the author of seven books on psychology, spirituality, and yoga, including the Eyes Wide Open: Cultivating Discernment on the Spiritual Path (Sounds True, October 2009) and Halfway Up the Mountain: the Error of Premature Claims to Enlightenment.
This and more articles online at Real Spirituality.
The Live Science website has posted a feature under the heading:
Doing yoga can relieve the symptoms of fibromyalgia by 30 percent — about the same amount as medication, according to a new study. Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition, characterized by widespread pain in muscles and fatigue.
Previous features from this website on research into Yoga show……
A Conversation where Mark Singleton the author of ‘Yoga Body – The Origins of Modern Posture Practice’ takes a break from his new book, a translation of the Vivekamārtaṇḍa an early Haṭha Yoga text by Gorakṣa Nātha, to talk with Susan Maier-Moul, the editor of The Magazine of Yoga.
Click the links to read (in two parts) Part One Part Two.
Click the link to read The Magazine of Yoga’s review of Mark’s book the ‘Yoga Body’.
See also Yoga Gymnastique an email exchange between Marc Singleton and Srivatsa Ramaswami.
A new study on Yoga published on The Medical News reports that Yoga can reduce the stress of cancer diagnosis and treatment experienced by childhood cancer patients and their parents. The findings were published in the September/October 2010 edition of Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing, published by the Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses (APHON).
According to the headline from The Times of India commenting on a Study at Boston University on the ‘Effects of Yoga Versus Walking on Mood, Anxiety, and Brain GABA Levels‘. Click for a downloadable PDF of the Research published by The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.
Seems even India has now transposed Yoga for Āsana and also mixed it with Hindu Religious Prayer Sequences and Religious Chanting. Funny to see how the Western popular view of Yoga has been re-exported back from the West to India. Very pretty though with the gold lamé and psychedelic cakra holograms.
The Big Book of Yoga was written by Andrew G. Reece a student of Hatha Yoga for about 10 years now. He grew up near Princeton, New Jersey, and spent most of his adult life travelling and living abroad in Asia.
Post via Yoga Dork Blog Page.
A downloadable PDF of an article from The Times on Yoga in relation to super fitness and weight loss.
“Some fitness experts now believe that consumers are being lulled into a false sense of security that super-fitness and weight loss are achievable without too much sweat, and claim that yoga and Pilates alone are not the key to an A-list body.“