Recommended Reading

I have just finished reading this. Rinzler’s relaxed writing style makes understanding Buddhist teachings easy, even for me.
Now the application into daily life is the difficult part.
Here is what others had to say…..

“The cool kid’s Buddhist.”—Boston Phoenix

“It’s easy to be confused when you spot a book called Walk Like a Buddha—does Buddha even walk? But its author, Lodro Rinzler, has practiced Buddhism since he was 11 and might convince you to adopt some of the Buddha’s holy moves. Food for thought for your next stressful subway commute, day at work, or moment at home.”—Metro New York

“Though its title refers to the Buddha, this book is an effective guide for helping readers reevaluate how they live life, disengage the autopilot, and be compassionate to others and themselves. The young Buddhist teacher [Rinzler] does not offer a universal answer to the pitfalls of worldly existence but rather engages with real issues asked by his column readers and friends.”—Publishers Weekly

“Walk Like a Buddha tries harder than almost any other dharma book to be contemporary, taking on Facebook use, online shopping, and challenges like how to overcome ‘fomo’ (‘the fear of missing out’) on a potentially epic Friday night outing. For those who yearn for dharma books with Arrested Development references and musings on brunch, this is likely the first and only.”—Tricycle

Yoga for Depression

Article on how Yoga can help with Depression


Yoga on the Beach

Here are some photos of us doing yoga At Sunset Beach, Cape Town!

Thought for the day

There is no waiting and no delayed gratification because yoga is both the means and the result, and the seed of all that is possible is present at the very beginning. This experience of stillness is possible in the first ten minutes of your first yoga class. It is possible in this very breath.

DONNA FARHI, Yoga Mind, Body & Spirit

Book Recommendation

The Hero’s Contemplation
A comprehensive and remarkable account of teachings inspired by BKS Iyengar (who wrote the preface) and Kashmir Saivism.

The unknown, invisible hero of the ordinary goes through life like a whisper, pouring out his heart in every moment. At each instant he contemplates the eternally quivering, vibrant wheel of energies. By resting at their source, he remains at the centre of all things, of the Whole, savouring the caress of the Absolute.

His contemplation is the reverse flight of the Yogi, the motionless race towards and within the primary wave of energy, the supreme Spanda, source of all activity. A hero stripped of qualities who, at the end of desire and doing, devours all limitations so he may be immersed in the ultimate place of rest, the vibrant Heart of Bhairava.

Christian Pisano narrates the intuitive longing that pulsates behind our own personal story. A book, inspired by the teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar and Kashmir Saivism, that at last places postural practice into the broader subject that is Yoga! It is a comprehensive and remarkable account of teachings, often unknown legends and hidden symbolisms behind the names of asana, accompanied by insightful quotations and wonderful illustrations and pictures.

Like a finger that points towards the moon, these precious ingredients point towards the Absolute.”

Immunity Yoga Sequence

Transcribed from Notes taken by Chris Saudek, in October 2009. The following sequences were given to students of the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune, India. The institute was closed for a week during the summer due to an excessive number of cases of the flu in Pune.

Asana to be practiced to increase your immunity
Morning Practice
Uttanasana, 5 minutes (crown of the head supported)
Adho Mukha Svanasana, 5 minutes (done with ropes or 2 minutes, rest, 2
2 minutes)
Prasarita Padottanasana, 3 minutes (crown of head on floor or block)
Sirsasana, 10-15 minutes with 5 minutes straight and 10 minutes variations
(in class we did 5 minutes in middle or at wall and then 10 minutes
of rope Sirsasana)
Viparita Dandasana on your bed with head down, 5 minutes (in class we did
this on a chair with feet on a tall block at the wall, hands holding the back legs of the chair)
Sarvangasana, 10 minutes
Halasana, 5 minutes
Sarvangasana cycle, 5 minutes
(for the above 3 poses we did chair Sarvangasana, 5-7 minutes, Ardha Halasana, 5 minutes, came back to Sarvangasana and did a few varia-
Setu Bandha Sarvangasana,5minutes
Viparita Karani, 5 minutes
Savasana with Viloma or Ujjayi Pranayama, 10 minutes

Evening Practice
Sirsasana, 10 minutes
Sarvangasana, 10 minutes
Halasana, 5 minutes
Setubandha Sarvangasana, 10 minutes
Savasana with Viloma or Ujayi Pranayama, 10 minutes