Why “Karma Tree”

In ancient times, yoga was often referred to as a tree: a living entity with roots, a trunk, branches, blossoms and fruit.  Hatha yoga is one of six branches – the others include raja, karma, bhakti, jnana and tantra yoga. Each branch with its unique characteristics and function represents a particular approach to life but, Continue reading »

Karma Yoga – Do Yoga, Do Good

Serve Somebody All major religious traditions stress the importance of service to others: being a companion to the sick and dying, cooking hot meals for the hungry, collecting warm clothes for the poor and so on. In yoga, service is also a path to self-realization and leads to the adage “when you give, you also Continue reading »

What is Happiness?

We all have different visions of happiness and fulfillment and different strategies with which to pursue them as we ascertain what’s true. There are various things we desire and the many ways we attempt to grow and change are what we perceive to be the means of happiness. Yoga, in contrast to the pursuit of Continue reading »

Seize the Day!

What do yoga and Eminem’s hit song “Lose Yourself” have in common? Both focus on seizing the day or ‘Carpe Diem’. Yoga is about living in the present moment and experiencing the ease and the discomfort of each day. Carpe Diem is defined as the enjoyment of the pleasures of the moment without concern for Continue reading »