The role of the heart chakra

Concentrating prana in the heart chakra has several important implications. Patanjali says in sutra I.33, “Clarity of mind is produced by meditating on friendliness towards the happy, compassion towards the miserable, joy towards the virtuous and indifference towards the wicked.” The belief in our separate, individual, egoic existence fosters the attitude of envy towards the happy (how come that they are more fortunate than us), judgement towards the miserable (they don’t deserve any better, they have brought it upon themselves), scepticism towards the virtuous (for sure they have some skeletons in the closet, let’s find them) […]

Why Use Glute Max in Back Bends? Part 1

For some the jury is still not out on whether one should or should not engage the gluteus maximus muscle when performing back bending yoga postures. The key movement of the pelvic girdle when doing any back bending posture is nutation of the sacrum. Tilting the pelvis forward to encourage sacral nutation for many seems paradoxical, however, this is imperative to bring ease and harmonious extension along the entire length of the spine – the crux of back bending! […]

The True Meaning of OM

When pronouncing the sound OM we are sitting down and hum more or less. That’s why some commentators who read this sutra simply imagine a person (in this case Ishvara), who admittedly is immortal and all-knowing, but still sitting in the corner humming. This is not what OM means. OM means OMnipresnt, OMniscient, OMnipotent. It is the roar the electrons make when circling around atomic nuclei, it is the thunder of Higgs Boson particles crashing into each other in the Large Hadron Collider. It is the first cry of all babies ever born and the sound of the last exhalation that you will release on your deathbed […]