Pratyahara, or "sense withdrawal" (in short) is the 5th of the 8 limbs of yoga, but not regularly touched upon in yoga classes. This important study can have a huge effect on physical and mental states and is a tool used regularly in the practice of Ayurveda (a sister science to yoga). This often overlooked limb of yoga is also fundamental to a successful meditation practice... which I needn't tell you is one of life's great healing tools!
So... what exactly is it and would it be useful for me?
Simply, pratyahara is the withdrawing of our senses from negative environmental influences - food, impressions & associations. This covers what we nourish our bodies with (food), what we fuel our thoughts with (impressions) and who we spend our time with (associations).
If we can temporarily and effectively withdraw the senses from negative influences, we can tone and strengthen our senses to longer term immunity.
In Ayurveda, we believe that pratyahara has different...
Entering the third decade of teaching Yoga… who would have thought it?!
During one of our chats, Karen and I realised that we are both celebrating our 20th anniversary of teaching Yoga. It really is amazing how quickly time goes by and these landmark moments always provide the opportunity to reflect and consider the journey of the years gone by.
My introduction to yoga was through Ashtanga Yoga which I fell in love with instantly and I have had the privilege to learn from some amazing teachers from the start. My beginnings of Yoga teaching was assisting my teacher at the time, Abbey Daniel, in the Mysore room, assisting her in beginners classes and then, with the guidance of Abbey, beginning to teach classes which I started at the age of 23 when I lived in London.
In the early 90’s the Yoga scene was very different to what it is now. There were very few dedicated Yoga studios. We had no Instagram, no Facebook,...
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