Article – Sequencing: why? – July 2013

by Valerie Faneco -  Krama is a Sanskrit word that means “step”. In the teaching tradition of T. Krishnamacharya, a practice is a sequence of steps which have been arranged in a certain order to produce certain effects, with the added benefit of preparing and compensating one another, thereby keeping the practitioner safe. A well-known example of such a sequence is sûrya-namaskar, the sun salutation, originally a complex Indian ritual … [Read more...]

Article – Yoga: one practice or several? – April 2013

by Valerie Faneco - For Namaskar magazine (Hong Kong) - When I tell people in casual conversation that I am a yoga teacher, the first question is invariably: “What style of yoga do you teach?” There are so many styles of yoga today that as a beginner it can be very difficult to make an educated choice about what kind of practice you are about to embark on.By comparison, in ancient times (and even less than a hundred years ago) yoga was … [Read more...]

Article – Realizing your potential – December 2012

Realizing your potentialBy Valerie Faneco - When my seven-year-old daughter said that she wanted to take Manga drawing lessons, my blood froze in my veins. The idea of Japanese Mangas conjured visions of pale teenagers clad in baggy clothes and hunched in a corner reading violent comic strips. My daughter loves drawing and has a passion for all things Japanese, so she simply put the two together and decided that Manga was going to be her … [Read more...]

Liberating Isolation, the Yogasutra of Patanjali

March 2012: Liberating Isolation, the Yogasutra of Patanjali by Frans Moors:English version now available (translated by Valerie). click here to order your copy. … [Read more...]

Quit Smoking

LEARNING TO BREATHE WITH YOGA“Ensure to exhale and inhale slowly, Smoothly, and then Direct the mind toward the focus.” Professor T. Krishnamacharya, śloka 25 in YogānjalisāramThese words, in a poem by Professor T. Krishnamacharya, highlight the utmostimportance of the breath not only in yoga practice but also in everyday life. For him,yoga was not limited to physical postures, but it covered every aspect of human life.One of the key … [Read more...]

Yoga for Children

By Valerie Faneco  (in CHI medical clinic newsletter)Why is yoga good for children?Yoga has long been hailed as one of India’s most precious gifts to the world. In ancient India yoga lessons would begin in childhood, and there are many reasons for this. It set the foundation for a lifetime of good habits in personal hygiene, self-care and discipline. To initiate children from a young age would strengthen them physically, emotionally, and … [Read more...]

Yoga & Golf

article by Neil Riley.Yoga and Golf: the Open Secret.It’s no longer a secret that many professional golfers practise yoga and meditation to improve their game.Asian Tour Chairman Kyi Hla Han, Singapore’s Mardan Mamat, Jyoti Randhawa, (eight Asian Tour victories including the Thailand Open this March), Myanmar’s Zaw Moe and and Malaysia’s Danny Chia have all studied this ancient Indian mind body discipline.Yoga teacher Valerie … [Read more...]