This is an interesting article about how yoga might make one more egotistical. Although the study looks like it needs to be tighter - ie - did they / could they have tested for narcissistic tendencies in people before the study, it is something to think about.
This seems like a nice video...but, I can tell u that the assertion that Japan is the fastest growing yoga nation is based on falsity. I’ve followed this claim to the terminal, as well as interviewed scores of long-standing yoga industry people in Japan. And, while many have said that around 2005 there was a 2nd wave of yoga interest, after the Tokyo subway sarin gas attack in 1995 really put a break on Japan's yoga industry, this factoid that Japan is the fastest growing nation is not true. You can read about how this very claim sparked my curiosity about yoga in Japan here.
ok, so in the Rudra Yamala Tantra it recommends we breathe like crows...what exactly does that mean?
as we know, mammals and birds DO NOT breath the same...
This graphic is worth exploring to see the difference.
Here's a translation of the verse.
“When the stage is achieved that enough food has been taken for himself, at that instant the stomach should not be further filled and vital breath should be taken in just as a crow does through its beak. In other words, one must take in breath by doing ‘kumbhaka.” — Rudrayamala Tantra 23.12
Here's the original.
yāvatkālaṃ kṣayaṃ yāti nijabhakṣaṇanirṇayam |
tatkālaṃ vāyunāpūrya nodaraṃ kākacañcubhiḥ ||
My śāntamūrti article is now online through the Nanzan Anthropological Institute's publication's page.
It is also available here as a separate article AND here within the entire e-book. And also on Medium.
Or, you can read it below as a single document OR the entire e-book.
The Yoga Journal Japan has a list of yoga styles and ranks them according to difficulty - It's interesting how the perception (and reality) of yoga is constructed through lists like this that define yoga and determine some to be legitimate while others not (since they are not included). Now that the Yoga Journal Japan is basically a mirror of the parent website, I wonder how perception of yoga will change? Already, there are some versions of Yoga Journal Japan that don't seem to have any Japanese people in the pictures...but, that is another issue, important, nonetheless. What do you think of these rankings? And, which style of yoga do you do that isn't listed?
I am constantly amazed at how often someone says "Sanskrit is the mother of all languages in the world"... as there are thousands of languages from several different genetically unrelated families - HERE is a good list.
Sanskrit is in the Indo-European family and has no genetic affinity to languages in other parts of the world outside this family. Even though there are hundreds of loan words in the earliest stratum. If you hear a yoga teacher or anyone repeat the sentence above...or this one: "Sanskrit is the oldest, purest language in the world, and is the best for computing languages", then they are either completely ignorant OR have an agenda. LIke this organisation.
This is something that seems to be particularly idiosyncratic to India, as lovers of Tamil also claim the same thing.
You might like this site, it has sound changes from PIE over time and if you're interested, this is the source of the word 'mother' in all IE languages.
I updated the recent article about the yoga day pledge. You can read it here.
Yesterday we were invited to attend the last day of Nada and Bhakti Yoga TTC at Tamisa - yoga for life.
Live feed below is the beautiful soulful sounds - Bhakti Yoga with Daphne Tse and Gumi Nakaguchi
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