Posts in Wisdom

What is Yoga? Understanding Vinyasa

What is yoga? Understanding vinyasa  Although the term “yoga” represents many styles of practice, no two are alike. For example, Bikram, a physically intense practice often used for weight loss, consists of 26 basic postures practiced in a room that is heated to 40 degrees, with 40 percent humidity. On the opposite end of the spectrum… Read more »

Saucha – Purification

Newcomers to yoga many times comment on how surprisingly physical, even strenuous their first experiences of this ancient practice have been. Particularly with Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, as there is a lot of emphasis placed on detoxifying the body. Through the use of ‘muscle seals’, and deep chest breathing, you build up a good sweat. Long… Read more »

One day the vines will cover it all

One day the vines will cover it all. Looking at this house we see the battle between a white house standing strong, and the vines tearing it down. We see the battle between the human ego and the forces of nature. It doesn’t matter what the owner does to trim them back, eventually the vines… Read more »

30 Years of North Sydney Yoga!

In 1997, plans for the future really weren’t on my mind at all. A comfortable part-time office job working with lovely people, allowed me to pursue my passion with all my focus and energy – Yoga. Back then at Yoga Moves, Eileen Hall gradually introduced me to the Ashtanga Yoga second series, and I still… Read more »

The origins of Ashtanga Yoga

The origins of Ashtanga Yoga The practice and beliefs of Ashtanga Yoga have been around for thousands of years, yet it was not until the twentieth century that the Western world was introduced to the practice. If you’re curious about where the asanas we teach come from, here is a quick overview of the development… Read more »

The Joy of Practicing Yoga

The Joy of Practicing Yoga We all strive for a life of love, health, purpose, contentment, fulfillment and laughter. We are advised to find a balance between work, family and friends, time to attend to our physical body, personal growth, and quiet time – ideally spending equal amounts of time in each area. But the… Read more »

Yoga helps heal back pain

Yoga helps heal back pain The back can ache in many different ways and to different degrees. I have long put off writing about this, because it is such a vast topic. Having had issues with my own back for some time – which over the years I have addressed in quite a few different… Read more »

Time Lapse Video

The beauty of a Mysore practice – A look at a winter morning at North Sydney Yoga. Surya Namaskar means salute to the sun, and just as the the day begins with the sunrise, the Ashtanga Yoga series starts with the Surya Namaskar sequence.  In this time lapse video shot in our beautiful shala, we… Read more »