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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What type of Yoga is it?

I cannot tell you how frustrating I find this question! I get asked this a lot, and my response is usually ‘its Yoga’. Which is possibly not that helpful. I know that this question is usually asked in compete innocence. There are so many so called ‘types’ of Yoga being offered that it is no wonder people are confused. So I thought I would try to explain things from my perspective. Read More…

The four laws and moving on

I am in the habit of keeping random notes on my phone. Today I found this (I have no recollection where it came from).
In India, we teach the ‘Four laws of spirituality’ Read More…

Yoga, keeping it real

I was introduced the other day as ‘A yoga teacher, and a person.’ How refreshing. All to often it can feel that because I teach Yoga I am apart from the regular members of the human race and that I should somehow float just above the ground and glide rather than walk as I am so serene and pure. This is not the case at all. If anything at all I feel that I am more human than most. Read More…