Entries by Eyal Shifroni

On the Practice of Ahimsa

On the practice of Ahimsa What is Ahimsa? Ahimsa – the first yama in Patanjali’s Ashtanga Yoga, is sometimes interpreted as not killing – but the spectrum of Ahimsa is much wider. Vyasa, Patanjali’s first and most authoritative commentator writes that Ahimsa is the complete cessation of all hostility as well as the cessation of […]

B.K.S. Iyengar’s Light on Yoga Asanas Index

                          The book “Light on Yoga” contains 602 photos, it’s a treasure trove because Guruji’s photos are inspirational. However, because the book covers so many asanas it’s difficult to find a photo of a specific asana. In order to help with quickly finding […]

Effortless Effort

                              Sutra II.47 of The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali says: prayatna shaithilya ananta samapattibhyam Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar in his Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali translates this as follows: Perfection in an Asana is achieved when the effort to perform […]

The Diaphragm – an exceptional muscle

The diaphragm is an amazing muscle; it is a marvel that this muscle operates ceaselessly, from our first inhalation when we come into this world, to our last exhalation when we leave the world! It pumps air continuously 24/7, when we awake and when we sleep and never gets tired. The skeletal muscles that move […]