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  • Let go, and relax

    The 5th Yoga Club rule is one that seems quite easy, but for many is a conundrum. The rule is to “Let go, and relax”. Why is it a conundrum, when it seems so easy? It is likely that for many, the idea of “letting go” and “relaxing” isn’t as straight forward as it seems.…

  • Can standing on one leg really sort out your bad mood?

    The honest answer is : “Who knows? but it is worth a try”. I usually encourage people to practice yoga asana balances because they are helpful for many reasons. Balancing on one leg can strengthen that leg. And the opposite leg too when you balance on that. A regular balancing practice has also been shown…

  • Possibility

    For me, yoga is all about the art of the possible. But often we stop because we aren’t able to “achieve” or do the things that we think we ‘should’ do. You sit cross-legged and start to meditate. It lasts a minute. Your mind is brimming with thoughts and feelings. You practice an asana –…

  • On having a hinterland…

    Every so often while the ‘ yogi is reflecting on something or other, synchronicity usually crash lands around him to prod him further on in his reflections, and from reflection to doing, and hopefully, being. Recently, he was reflecting on the value of depth and breadth in living and being fulfilled in life. In essence,…

  • Be kind to yourself

    The 4th Yoga Club rule is ‘Be kind to yourself’. It’s a simple rule. But many people find it hard to follow or even consider. They hear or read it and don’t give it too much further thought. It seems too easy. Maybe it seems too, well, kind.. and why would you want to be…

  • Leave your expectations at the door

    The third of the yoga club rules is: “Leave your expectations at the door”. It sounds like a line from a Bob Dylan song. But it’s pretty fundamental to yoga practice, and maybe life too. And for a yogi, yoga is life and life is yoga so its inseparable. The premise of this is that…

  • Yoga is a bundle of stuff

    I’m often asked about my interest in yoga, how I became interested in it, and what it means to me. I love this set of questions because it implies that “yoga” is one thing. And yet for me it is a bundle of stuff. I came to this bundle of stuff because I needed to.…

  • #1 Breathe

    ‘Breathe’ is the first of the Yoga Club Rules. To be fair, they aren’t really rules as much as guiding principles. But hey – ‘breathe’ is a rule in the yoga club, and it’s also a number of other things too. It’s a statement of the obvious, a call to action, and a reminder altogether.…

  • Accidental insights

    Last year in March, I had an accident, the result of which was a fractured patella, wrist and damage to my calf muscle. The accident was entirely my fault – and while I don’t wish to dwell on it, the lesson from it is to navigate stairs with the lights on. I thought I would…

  • #2 Start from where you are

    ‘Start from where you where’ you is the 2nd of the Yoga Club Rules. To be fair, they aren’t really rules as much as guiding principles. And ‘start where you are’ is probably a good guiding principle in this world where the pressure to be “someone” or “something”, or achieve something or go somewhere is…