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  • Parallel lines…

    With apologies to Blondie and Debbie Harry, Yogis and adherents of the Greek Orthodox Church – my intention is to unite not to divide… I read a news story recently about how the Greek Orthodox Church has ‘ruled’ that yoga is incompatible with Christianity. I found this quite intriguing. How is this possible? I am…

  • Yoga and visualisations

    Yoga is typically thought of as an exploration of postures and movements, known respectively as asana and vinyasa. In addition, some may think of pranayama (breathing techniques) when they think of yoga. For others it may be contemplation or meditational practices – or chanting (mantra). For some, it is all of these things and more.…

  • Many paths..exploring the Six Yogas of Naropa

    There are many types of yoga practice that you can explore. These include hatha, raja, jnana, bhakti, kriya, karma, mantra and laya. One day I’ll set out an exploration of these different paths. They all have a place in one’s practice. I have found that they seem to be ideal for different types of people…

  • This is your yoga

    Walker: "I love walking & spending time in nature"Me: "That's your yoga"Walker: "Oh, I thought yoga was standing on your head?"Me: "For some, it is but not everyone"Walker: "Isn't the river beautiful, & look at the beautiful big sky!"  
  • Yoga preparation

    You’ve decided that yoga is something you definitely must try. You’ve read an article, or seen a social media post about the benefits of yoga and you’ve YouTubed a great looking routine. You start to follow the YouTube routine and you find that it’s ok but not necessarily all that some people have been saying…

  • Concentrating on contemplation

    In my yoga classes and one to one sessions, we are are looking at the array of mind training practices that Patanjali describes as dharana (concentration), dhyana (contemplation), and samadhi (meditation). In our asana (posture and movement) and pranayama (breathing) practice we can explore these mind training methods quite well. In fact, for many of…

  • On curiosity in yoga

    Are you curious?  I am.  I think we all are.  It seems that we are hardwired for curiosity because it is linked not just to our cognition but also to our survival and evolution. Recent research confirms that it is critical to learning and knowledge acquisition. It turns out that curiosity didn’t kill the cat,…

  • The isness business

    Yoga is the “isness business”. It is a collection of tools and techniques to help you see yourself as you are, and the world – “as it is”. There are other methods and techniques that can help you do this. Infact, everything has the potential to do this. As a very english yogi, I tend…

  • What I talk about, when I talk about yoga

    I love the package that is what most people call “yoga”. It’s a complete DIY toolkit of self-help, personal discovery and evolution. It’s not just a load of postures. It is breath exploration. It includes some principles for living individually and within society. There’s a library full of philosophy. There”s this neat thing called meditation,…

  • If this is your first time at yoga club – you have to do yoga

    The 8th and final Yoga Club rule is a request – if this is your first time at yoga club – you have to do yoga. But, what is yoga club ? Yoga club is one of the best kept secrets ever. Yoga club is a state of mind. It is doing a regular and…