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Our all time favourite pose as we melt into the autumn months is Ardha Kaptosana. In sanskrit, ‘ardha’ means half, ’kapota’ means pigeon and ‘asana’ translates as pose. In ancient Hindu mythology Kapota was a master yogi whose vitality, agility and strength could not be surpassed. He was the graceful son of Garuda, the triumphant bird-god and vehicle of Lord Vishnu. It is said that by practicing this posture, the qualities of Kapota can be harnessed from within. Half-Pigeon Pose is quite a marvellous hip opener. The front bent leg increases the external hip rotation, stretches the outer hip, glute and piriformis while the extended back leg stretches the psoas and quad muscle. The upper body then melts over that front bent leg, l...

The story behind the pose Hanumanasana is a story of courage and devotion. In Hindu mythology, Hanuman is the fearless monkey god. Hanuman was born half human and half god. Because of his naughty nature as a little boy, he was transformed into a monkey and made to forget his divine nature so that he wouldn’t cause trouble in any of the realms. As he grew up he became best friends with King Rama, who he loved whole-heartedly. One day, King Rama’s beautiful wife Sita was kidnapped by the evil demon Ravana who took her to a new continent across the water far away. Rama had to stay and fight a war so he sent Hanuman to save Sita.

Hanuman may not remember his divinity but his undying faith and love for Rama gave him the courage and st...

Salamba Shirshasana stands for supported headstand in Sanskrit. ‘Salamba’ denotes supported, ‘shirsha’ for head, and ‘asana’ for posture. Headstand is revered as the king of all postures. In yoga mythology it is said that by inverting into this perfectly vertical shape, the yogi will live longer. It is also believed that the nectar of immortality already exists within us and by reversing the blood flow we are cycling the energy back into our bodies rather than leaking this precious elixir. Aside from this metaphor, this posture does in fact have a myriad of benefits which might be why the ancient yogis praised it so much. By standing on the crown of the head with the hands cupped around the back of the head and the feet extended...

As I sit in meditation, I remember a conversation with a friend I had earlier in the summer. She shared a quote with me by Ralph Waldo Emerson that has been ringing true in my ears for months. It is this, that "the love you withhold, is the pain that you carry."

Recently I've been putting this mantra to work and applying it in my daily life. How does this idea coincide with my relationships; towards friends, family, strangers - and of course, the self.

I find that, the more closed I become, the less integral I feel. I recognize more so now that love acts as a source of energy, and that the more beauty and love we choose to see in this world, the more of it there is.

It's easy to live in a scarcity mentality because feeling love m...

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