A skilled yogi blossoms even while living in the three gunas, just as a lotus flower blossoms in muddy waters.

Asanas and Breath: The two frequently asked questions in my yoga classes are: How to co-ordinate asanas with breath, and Should we use ujjayi (sounding) breath when practicing asanas ? I recommend the following: In any posture where you feel expansion of the chest, such as when stretching the arms upward or sideways, doing backward bend, cobra etc., inhale as you go into the posture. In any posture where you feel contraction in the tummy, such as when doing a forward bend, sideways bend, twist etc., exhale as you go into the posture. Keep breathing while you hold a posture. If you...