The real key to yoga

“Strengthening your capacity for attention is the real key to yoga, and your breathing is key to this capacity. This is more important than being able to touch your toes, or stand on your head or turn yourself inside out….”

Source: Erich Schiffmann — The Spirit and Practice of Moving Into Stillness

What Yoga is

Yoga is not a practice of attainment; it is an unending process of self-discovery and self-transformation.

Yoga helps bring the body, breath, mind, wisdom, and spirit (bliss) into harmony.

Hatha yoga is a practice of moving into energetic balance amid the constancy of change in our lives.

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Finding inner peace through quiet places

Artist and photographer Siobhan Wall has created a series of ‘quiet’ city photo books using her images to lead the reader to tranquil places she has discovered throughout Amsterdam, London and shortly, Paris (4 April 2013).  These locations could be anywhere from a parks, lakes and woods to libraries, restaurants and health spas. This is what quietness means to Siobhan.

Beatrix Park.  © Siobhan Wall

Flowers in Beatrix Park, Amsterdam.

For me, quietness is not just about finding somewhere beautiful to look at, although this really helps.  It is also about listening to my body and being a bit more aware of how I’m feeling at that moment.

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