In the Vigyan Bhairava Tantra there are 112 meditation methods and concentration techniques listed. Only very few mention the most popular in the West: the breath. There are many visualizations and some strange meditation techniques. For example, sneezing. When you feel the urge to sneeze, wait and become very focused on the tingling sensations in your nose. It will get stronger and stronger, you stay alert without the impulse of exploding, totally focused, and then if you ar
The question of, do I need a teacher and guru on the path of yoga comes up periodically. In all other areas of life, this would not be a question, (do you need a teacher to play the violin?), but understood as a faster way to learn a chosen skill. Not so different in spiritual life and arguably more important. Why? Because you are not dealing with objects, but with a subject, YOU. How easy is it for you to embrace new understandings without a clarification of a teacher to ask
When I introduce the Yamas and Niyamas in Yoga Teacher Trainings there is always a discussion about ahimsa and if a Yogi should be a vegetarian or not. I was a vegetarian for over 25 years and students are often shocked to know that I am not a pure vegetarian anymore. But even when I was a vegetarian, vegans accused me of cruelty to animals because of my love for dairy foods. And just before I finished being a pure vegetarian raw food eater wanted to convince me that a "pure"
A yogi from the 15th century would hardly recognise what we nowadays call a Yoga Teacher Training in the West. The tradition was to be with a teacher for as long as the teacher thought you needed instructions. In Krishnamacharya's case it was 7 years and he was already highly accomplished when he met his teacher in Mount Kailash at the end of the 18th century. These days you can “become a Yoga Teacher” sometimes within 12 days of face to face teachings and then some homework