Selfish Attachments

Perform work in this world, Arjuna, as a man established within himself — without selfish attachments, and alike in success and defeat. For yoga is perfect evenness of mind (Bhagavad Gita 2: 47-48).


“Look at a stone cutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred-and-first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not the last blow that did it, but all that had gone before.” –  Jacob A. Riis

Reside in your true nature

“Understanding without practice is better than practice without understanding. Understanding with practice is better than understanding without practice. Residing in your true nature is better than understanding or practice.” —  Upanishads

The Angel in the Stone

Many times during my asana practice, my body feels dense, heavy, and ungraceful. Today was one of those days. And as I was feeling all that denseness, I remembered Michelangelo’s quote: “I saw the angel in the stone and I carved to set it free.” I immediately felt better, as I realized the asana we … Read more

Come As You Are

People who have yet to start a yoga practice may feel intimidated by what they perceive as yoga. This is probably because they equate yoga only with the physical, outward aspect of yoga — the asanas (postures).  And if yoga is only about being able to contort and twist your body into these difficult postures, … Read more

Being in the Body

Hatha—yoga situates you in the present moment, in the now, for the simple reason that it locates you in the body… and the body moves in the present, to be in the body is to be in the now… You cannot move a leg tomorrow or raise an arm yesterday… To go into and out of every posture with tremendous observation invites you to be here and in the now… To be conscious of this eternal union and harmony with the reality… because in going after the body you will touch the soul…

By Swami Ramakrishnananda