Yoga, putting it all into practice.

Someone recently asked me why I don’t play music when we practise together, and also if I could cut back the philosophy content and chat a little less perhaps? I explained politely that if this is what they wanted from their practice that’s no problem, but that is not how I view Yoga and so it is not how I teach. Should anyone (including you reading this, yes you!) want a different approach then you need to go to someone other than me.  I share what I practice myself.  In my view the focus on the breath is essential to the whole practice, so if for example there is music being played surely you cannot properly focus on the breath or the body experience, because the music serves as a distraction. Of course, as humans we rather like distractions because they help us to feel more comfortable and to take our attention nicely away from the present moment reality, discomfort and challenges.
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Magical Munkudil, a little piece of paradise

I am just coming to the end of a six night stay at Munkudil, an Ayurveda Yoga retreat in a rural part of Kerala, South India. The environment here is sublime. The entire place is founded on ecological principles, as well as being incredibly beautiful and, most unusually for India, very peaceful. Read More…