Yoga, Food & Me

The Yoga Daily

Food has always been a major part of my life but never more so than since I’ve been regularly practising Yoga.  Although food & diet might not immediately spring to mind when thinking of yoga, it has had been a key part in my own yoga tale.

Most yoga texts and teachers will make at least some reference to the importance of diet in practice but there tends not to be a hard or fast rule or “Yogi diet”.  While vegetarian or veganism is often adopted by more serious practitioners, it’s not always clear why this should be a part of our practice (other than Ahimsa, see below).

One thing is for sure though – my yoga, and more specifically Ashtanga, practice has been the single biggest contributor to the food & drink related lifestyle changes that I’ve made over recent years.

So as a tee-total, meat & dairy free…

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Benefits of Basic YOGA

Words & Rhythm


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By: Lovely del Mundo

It’s hard to find serenity nowadays especially on this fast paced world. You need to move fast to finish your task right away. You are so pre-occupied with everything. It can be stressful at times yet it’s all inevitable we need to survive the game of life. This is why I decided to practice YOGA everyday.

Yoga has five principal meanings: (source: wikipedia)

  • Yoga, as a disciplined method for attaining a goal;
  • Yoga, as techniques of controlling the body and the mind;
  • Yoga, as a name of one of the schools or systems of philosophy (darśana);
  • Yoga, in connection with other words, such as “hatha-, mantra-, and laya-,” referring to traditions specialising in particular techniques of yoga;
  • Yoga, as the goal of Yoga practice.”

Since I started to be a PRE-SCHOOL teacher, I realized that I…

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The Practice

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Growing up, I’ve always felt like I had to change for the people in my life – myself included – to become more this or more that in order to fit in and just feel like I belonged somewhere. From family to friends, I rarely felt good enough as is.

I’m not sure if this is something that everyone experiences while growing up or if I subconsciously sought it out and manifested it into my life, but I was stuck in a loop of always trying to please everyone else. In the process of rearranging yourself to other people’s needs, it’s easy to lose sight of yourself.

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The Samskaras in Yoga


(originally written for Zuna Yoga)

The Samskaras in Yoga

The relationship between the mind, energy, and actions has always been an area of particular interest for me, and to learn about it in the context of samskaras in yoga has proven a fascinating way to relate them to one another. As it is often difficult to pinpoint exactly how or why the practice of yoga is beneficial to us – ask any new yogi, it sometimes takes a while to figure out just why it makes us feel so good (and it’s different for everyone!) – the description of samskaras and our neurological tendencies in T.K.V. Desikachar’s ‘The Heart of Yoga’, succeeded in explaining a sensation which for so long I had failed to correctly define.

What are Samskaras?

The Sanskrit term refers to the conditioning of the mind to act or direct itself in a certain way on a…

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Using Mindfulness to Create the Habits You Desire

Shanti Yogi

Right about now is the time when most of us (myself included) start to fall off the New Year’s Resolution wagon:( I’ve found mindfulness to be an awesome tool to help me climb back on for the long haul.

Mindfulness in its most simplistic essence is defined as a process and state of continually coming back to the present moment with non-judgmental awareness. The practice of mindfulness teaches us tools to bare witness to our thoughts, feelings, actions and reactions, and see them as a passing waves in the ocean of our lives; rather than ways of being that define us or are permanent.

So how can mindfulness help us create the habits we want and let go of the habits we don’t? The first thing is that mindfulness teaches us tools to tune-in to what is happening in the present moment with deeper attention; helping us catch ourselves when…

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New to Yoga? Start with a Home Practice

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img_20170108_192559_977    So you’re thinking about trying yoga for the first time–but where to start?  This question crops up again and again for those toying with the idea of giving the practice a try, and it can be daunting to sort through the myriad resources available via studios, fitness center classes, literature, online media, etc.  So before diving into the wonderful yet vast oceans of content, let’s start simple, with a tried and true element to starting a meaningful and exciting yoga practice: A home practice.  That’s right; one of the very best pieces to integrate into learning yoga is dedicated time to practicing when you’re in your home. A home practice is the foundation and strength of your overall yoga practice.  While it might not be where you are introduced to all your poses, or conducive to partnering up with other yogis, practicing at home will bring a dedication…

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Best (and worst) qualities of a yoga teacher


I’ve been doing yoga for over a year now. After having tried five different studios, and  practised with numerous yoga teachers, I’ve come up with a selection of the teacher qualities I appreciate the most as a yoga student.

In my yogi-beginner opinion, a good yoga teacher….

  • Makes you aware of your feelings

Almost all the yoga teachers I had tend to do this at the beginning of the class, especially in the London studios. This is the best way of starting for me, as it brings me down to the present moment – the class. Since I tend to run tight of time almost everywhere I go (yoga classes included), having a teacher that makes me stop, sit, breath and think of my intentions for the coming hour, is something that really helps me to change the mindset before the practise.

This is similar to the 5 min mediation we…

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