Dharana: training the brain to concentrate

In my monthly look at  Patanjali’s eight limbs of yoga, we’re drawing towards the last few now. The three remaining are internally-focused and build towards what can be seen as the ultimate goal of yoga. These three are: dharana (concentration), dhyana (meditation) and samadhi (absorption, union). This month I will concentrate (pun intended) on dharana. Dharana (pronunciation guide)…

Incarnations radio programme

BBC Radio 4 is broadcasting Incarnations: India in 50 lives, every weekday for 50 days, with the episodes also available on iPlayer and to download as podcasts. Each episode is 15 minutes long and explores one of the 50 people, from ancient to modern times. I’ve not managed to set aside time to listen to…