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Practice and Detachment

by Fran Tolhurst
BKS Iyengar writes at the beginning of his commentary on the fourth chapter of the Yogasutra that in the end, our aim is to live a life free of attachment and desire, “ ... "One time in Afghanistan, before I was about to travel by road from one region to the next, one of my friends warned me to be careful in case of militia; “Remember, they do not care who you are, what you have done in life, what your status is. They do not ask who is your grandfather, or your father, or how many children you have. They will just kill you; without passion.”

How Yoga Changes us

by Peta Keaney
‘Yoga has the power to change us’. We hear this a lot. But how does yoga change us? I know yoga makes me feel good and that when I do it I feel ‘happy’ - but how does this translate into longer term change in the way I live my life?

Led practice and leading practice

by Emma Wiadrowski
A number of years ago I found myself attending early morning led practice sessions as a prospective leader, wide-eyed and very nervous. The led practice program was just commencing in the Institute, and until that time I had given the prospect of being a leader little thought. While becoming a leader was daunting at first, the program provided ample opportunity to learn from and watch the other leaders ...

Book Reviews

By Fran Tolhurst
“... if there is one single thing that characterizes the literature on Yoga, it is repetition and redundancy in the guise of novelty and independent invention"
This submission by Fran Tolhurst reviews 3 books

Yoga Sadhana- a guide for sadhakas and teachers

by Peta Keaney

When I first arrived at Yoga Mandir I got lucky! A few months in, Alan invited me to do a bit of backroom re-search work. One thing led to another and I ended up playing an editing role on this booklet. I am so grateful for that opportunity. Through this work I came to better under-stand why we practice yoga and what we’re doing when we practice. In turn my own practice has been greatly enriched.

The limits of our perception

by Fran Tolhurst

A woman was heading off to a wedding. Her father stopped her and made her fill her mouth with water so she wouldn’t join in when the other women said of the bride, “She’s ugly, ‘Her nose is too long”, or “Her legs are too short.” At the wedding this woman said nothing, but she did notice some small flaw in the bride. When she got home, her father told her to spit out the water in her mouth. They found it had turned to blood – just from this bad thought.i


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