Dear YOGA Magazine readers,
Yoga goes beyond being a physical discipline; it is an art, a science, a lifestyle and a philosophy. In this issue, we bring to you an exclusive feature on Iyengar Yoga where a stern emphasis is placed on precise techniques and alignment. Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar devoted his life to the evolution of his approach to yoga based on the traditional eight limbs of yoga taught over 2500 years ago by the sage, Patanjali. From the background of this grounded form of practice to an overview of its distinct facets and benefits from various leaders in Iyengar yoga, we bring to you an in-depth awareness of this powerful and sophisticated discipline.
Rola Tassabehji in Young Adults and Yoga shares how young adults can benefit from yoga for mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. The UK-based yoga teacher, Angela Whimpenny in Feel Fabulous in Your Fifties and Beyond, shares five fundamental aspects of yoga to feel healthy both mentally and physically even in your fifties. In this fast-paced world, one has to face many environmental and social issues on a daily basis. Dr. Audrey Tang, in her piece Mindfulness will Calm you, Resilience will Arm you, demonstrates how applying the principles of resilience can result in high performance and leadership.
Following the guidance of Ayurveda, John Dudley illustrates how one’s overall health can be further enhanced with the balance of body and mind. If you are willing to learn more about this ancient discipline, Vani Linda Bretherton, in Ayurveda: The Science of Life, puts forward a detailed explanation on how Ayurveda works in harmony with nature. We also join Doug Patton to learn more about the impact of yoga and meditation in clearing and relaxing one’s mind resulting in the ability to make constructive decisions.
In our nutrition section, Rob Hobson, a celebrity nutritionist, advocates that Natural Foods are more Effective than Supplements and demonstrates how some vegetables can be as effective as costly supplements and specifies his top five healthy tips for optimum nutrition. If you are having a hard time in the battle against sucrose, you’re at the right place. The article Sugar Addict? by Oliver James shares insights on engaging your breath to help soothe your cravings. Sarah Highfield in Anatomy of a Pose illustrates the benefits and step-by-step guide to practise Twisted Lizard Pose (Parivrtta Utthan Pristhasana).
Now if you are looking forward to travel and melt away the stress amidst a natural setting, look no further than Palmaïa – the House of AïA that offers a unique immersive jungle and beach experience. And make sure to go through the final part of the interview with Sadhguru, a highly influential yogi; learn about a global initiative for the environmental good and his lessons on Karma Yoga.
Ground Yourself with Yoga.
Yogi Maharaj Dr. Malik