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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…

  • No goal yoga

    कर्मण्येवाधिकारस्ते मा फलेषु कदाचन |मा कर्मफलहेतुर्भूर्मा ते सङ्गोऽस्त्वकर्मणि || 47 || karmaṇy-evādhikāras te mā phaleṣhu kadāchanamā karma-phala-hetur bhūr mā te saṅgo ’stvakarmaṇi This is from the Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 2, Verse 47. This is one of those texts that I return to endlessly. It is such a beautiful book. The scene of this is unique:…

  • Reflections on November practice and classes

    November in England is a strange month, the leaves have turned their beautiful array of colours and are now dropping from the trees, the temperature has started to drop and is now much colder, the clocks have gone back, the days are shorter and it is truly beginning to feel a little wintery. For many…

  • The key, the lock, the container

    The theme for my face to face classes in November is balance and stillness. So we are exploring the notion of balance in body and mind. Stillness is for me an essential part of balance and can be found at the point at which we find equilabrium – physical or mental balance. The route to…

  • Why do yoga?

    Yoga as a set of practices for body, breath, voice and mind helped, & continues to help me to return to who I am. What I mean by this is that there is a part of me that is free from bias and conditioning, not eager to please and certainly not buffeted by the random…

  • Pause, hold, wait,

    Wait! Hold on, pause, stop! So often we react to stuff, whether it is whatever is in our mind stuff, the internal dialogue or thoughts or stuff “out there” that could be anything our senses latch onto and indulge themselves on. Phenomena in the world. People, places, objects, stuff. We are moved to react and…

  • 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…