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  • Pretty much anything can be yoga

    I often get asked about yoga. It goes with the territory, being a yogi, practitioner and teacher.  To be clear, I like being asked about yoga. It’s been a lifelong passion, interest and practice of mine.  I humbly think I know a fair amount about the philosophy and practices of yoga. I have been taught…

  • 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…

  • Fields of enquiry : memo from a psychonaut

    Body, breath, speech and mind are the basis of experience and life, therefore these are the necessary fields of enquiry, and practice. If here, now is all there is, body, breath, speech and mind coming together as an integral unit called “me” or “you” – or “them”, represents a powerful vehicle for navigating “ourselves” through…

  • A short energy practice

    Sometimes our energy levels may feel quite low or lower than usual. This is not unusual, and quiet normal. Our energy shifts from busy, busy to laid back lethargic and all the variations in between. Many factors affect our energy levels and it again is not unusual to find it hard to achieve a sense…

  • What I talk about when I am asked about yoga

    Out here in the wintery cold, the air is fresh and feels sharp on the breath. The trees have shed their leaves, creating piles of multi-coloured and multi-shaped leaves beneath them. I am sitting under those trees, in an ancient woodland that I came across on one of my walks. My walking companion is asking…

  • 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!"