Yoga and the Mind

yoga and the mind

Yoga’s take on the mind is a really interesting one. It’s different to the way we usually think about the mind but it also makes a lot of sense when you break it down. So, let’s explore it.

Yoga Sequencing with Karina Guthrie

three keys to yoga sequencing

There are lots of different ways to approach yoga sequencing. The method you choose (whether you’re a teacher or practitioner) will depend on what ‘yoga’ is for you. Is it a physical practice that makes you strong and flexible? Is it a form of creative expression? Is it a way to direct energy? Is it…

Tantric Philosophy in Yoga

some tenets of tantric philosophy

Tantra has many branches and many faces. If we put ‘California Tantra’ to the side for a moment 😉 and look at Tantra in its more traditional rendering, we see that some forms of Tantra are quite ancient and rudimentary or associated with the occult, whereas others are among the most sublime enlightenment teachings in…

what is samskara in yoga?

How often have you chosen something (a thought, an emotion, a course of action) in this moment based on the momentum generated by previous choices? Have you ever noticed that, the more you repeat a choice the easier it becomes to make that choice again, until that choice becomes automatic? These choices, which become habits…

Karina

an easy mindfulness technique for when the thoughts in your head feel especially loud

You know how, when you’re practicing yoga, it’s easy to get caught up in your head. The teacher says something about ‘being present’ and you think something like, ’nice idea – not where I’m at though’. When these times arise, it’s helpful to have an easy mindfulness technique to hand.

My vision for the yoga industry

my vision for the yoga industry

I’ve been thinking a lot about how I want to move forward as a ‘teacher’ in this ‘industry’, and my vision for the yoga industry.

Karina

the problem with surrender and devotion

I once had a teacher who said, ‘The problem for us is that we spend all our time collecting information without ever applying what we learn, so our mind’s are overdeveloped and our hearts are closed’. Yikes!

Karina

how to start a conversation with your body (plus free meditation practice)

how to start a conversation with your body  In the 1050s, while enrolled at the University of Chicago, a graduate student – Eugene Genlin – conducted a series of experiments with psychologist Carl Rogers.

Karina

what to do when you’re struggling with your personal practice

I remember, during my first yoga teacher training, one of the trainers said, “Once you begin teaching, one of the first things that can go is your personal practice. Don’t let that happen.” I remember thinking, “I cannot imagine a world where that would be true”. And, indeed, it was many years before I began…

yoga is not conscious exercise

yoga is not conscious exercise

  I remember when I first began to practice yoga. It was purely a physical pursuit. I wanted to become stronger and more flexible so I found myself chasing ‘advanced’ poses that I couldn’t do yet, but wanted to. I remember, around that time, reaching a roadblock in the form of a pose. The pose…