some publications by Gerry Rixen

What is Yoga?

Anybody interested in yoga should read Swami Satyananda Saraswati's "Asana, Pranayama, Mudra, Bandha" or BKS Iyengar's "Light on Yoga" or Swami Vishnu Devananda's "The Complete Book of Yoga" (to name but 3 excellent authoritative books)

I didn't want to simply repeat what others have explained brilliantly elsewhere, so my "What is Yoga" focuses on its ancient roots and universal appeal and I include ideas that may be lacking in other books. I therefore don't go into the traditional subjects of hatha yoga namely asana, pranayama, meditation, bandha, etc (all of these are taught in our yoga teacher training program).

Yoga means union; often seen as the union of body and mind or the union of the individual human spirit with the universal, great spirit. Read more..

What is Vital Energy, Karma, Prana or Qi?

Any energy must have a source. The fundamental notion of source or origin of everything in both physical and non-physical realms is sometimes called God or the First Cause. It is the ultimate source beyond and at the beginning of all other sources of creation.

The Big Bang is often viewed as the only origin we can go back to where everything was created in a gigantic explosion. Both matter and consciousness contained in the cosmic egg expanded at phenomenal speed creating the universe known to us.

But it is the void that existed before time and space and the Big Bang and which produced the cosmic egg in the first place that we need to look at. This is the quantum void of infinite probabilities and possibilities which through an impulse incomprehensible to us but is consciousness itself decides to manifest itself in all

the myriad possibilities we see reflected in the seen and the unseen. The phenomenal world and the purely energetic , informational un-manifested. Read more ...

The Nature of Cause and Effect

Karma is the Sanscrit word for action and reaction, or to us cause and effect which governs destiny and fate.

Any analysis of a given situation whether personal, social, economic or political will try to rationalize the causes which have produced the given effect. And the more complex the situation or problem the more difficult it is to discern the underlying cause or perhaps multiple causes. Not only that, the various causes may

exist on various levels and may be open to widely differing interpretations. Read more ...