A Sutra a Day: I-21 Yoga Everywhere

Jun 6, 2012 | XSutras, Yoga practices, Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Yoga teaching , Yoga Therapy | 2 comments

I’m on the road, enjoying one of those strange phenomena called a “working holiday”. It probably relates in kind to being “semi-retired”. When I first moved to the country launching myself into retirement, I was not well. I was facing major surgery, after which I needed 3 solid months of recovery and rehabilitation from double hip replacements. My mind was still in working mode, though, so I translated the physiotherapy practice I was meant to do every day into yoga practice. I did most of the practice lying on the dining room table, either on my stomach or on my back, because I wasn’t able to get down onto the floor as yet. Then, I set up cushions (still on the table) and other yoga props, and used them as chest openers. I could do pranayama this way. Yoga nidra was an added treat and put me in a healing frame of mind and body. It’s still challenging this retirement thing, having started up a little on-line business this year – YogaAnywhere – ¬†to draw boundaries around when I’m working and when I’m not. I figure that in the best of all possible worlds, my life is all yoga, and that’s what I aspire to.


For those who seek liberation wholeheartedly, realisation is near.* *The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, translation and commentary by Chip Hartranft

- a sutra a day: i-21 yoga everywhere

Chest-opener (after Hip Replacement)


  1. I have rheumaiod could you please tell me which are the best hip openers to do I also have 3 prolapsed discs I can not sit straight in lotus postion have can I get around this problem kindest regards Jenny

    • I can’t really reply to you, Jenny, on a serious medical condition on this blog.Perhaps you would like to email me instead and let me know in more detail what you are asking?


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