Some of you know that I have recently embarked on a new learning pathway, which is a formal Graduate Certificate of Yoga Therapy. I’ve glibly said that this is for the purpose of developing my knowledge and skills at utilising the many ‘tools’ of yoga in a therapeutic context. What […]

A broader approach to yoga…

One of my yoga students showed up at class last week looking shattered, and when I asked how she was, she burst into tears. Her youngest brother had just died, and unexpectedly. Her pain was so obvious, but she’d come along to class anyway because yoga “takes her to another […]

Let it go. Let it out. Let it all unravel.

“No person is free who is not master of himself.” ― Epictetus Last year I created a ‘self-discipline’ where I didn’t eat any food for one 24 hour period each week. I started doing this for a few reasons – the first and foremost one of the oldest and vainest […]

Self-discipline and Self-study: two of the most foundational practices of ...

“Even mindless violence is no fun anymore”. Vyvyan, from ‘The Young Ones’ (1980s Brit Sitcom) When my partner mimicked Vyvyan’s voice last week – not sure why, but it was relevant to the conversation we were having at the time – I burst out laughing. The thought of ‘mindless violence’ being […]

Mindless violence and undercooked carrots – the connection?

“Prayer is the contemplation of the facts of life from the highest point of view.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson Ralph Waldo Emerson had a strong belief, eloquently and persuasively written about, that man has a moral compass and that ultimately, the measure of a man’s life is in how well he develops and lives by […]

What are you sowing for 2017?

‘Child Pose’ by Estaire Over these past several years of teaching yoga, I’ve often seen someone in a pose that they clearly look uncomfortable in. When I’ve asked them ‘how is that feeling for you?’, I’ve gotten the response that in some fashion the pose was either uncomfortable to a distracting […]

When should you come out of a yoga pose?