January 2015

Why practise Yoga?

Maybe some of you have been asked by others, perhaps many times, “Why do you practise yoga?” What do you say; how do you explain what yoga means to you? There are many layers to yoga; some of us come to it for the physical benefits and to help with our aches and pains, others… Read more »

October 2016

Cultivating a positive attitude

VITARKA BADHANE PRATIPAKSA BHANVANAM “When presented with disquieting thoughts or feelings, cultivate an opposite elevated attitude” Patanjali’s Yoga sutras 2:33 Our lives are filled with many ups and downs. When we are disturbed by negative thoughts or difficult situations how can we reflect upon the positive aspect of our existence to help remove these negative… Read more »

April 2016

Ganesha – remover of obstacles

Ekadantaya vidmahe vakratundaya dhimahi tanno dantih prachodayat I meditate on the single tusked lord with the bent trunk May He grant knowledge and inspire me (From the Ganapati Atharva Sirsa Upanishad) I often mention Ganesha in my yoga sessions; he is the Indian deity that is associated in helping us remove obstacles in our lives…. Read more »

March 2016

A Personal Practice

Fitting yoga into your daily lives can be hard at times and I am often asked by students’ particularly students who are fairly new to yoga how to develop a personal practice at home. For those of you who have been practicing yoga for many years maybe this will give you a few ideas to… Read more »

February 2016

Sadhana – dedicated practice

I sometimes wonder how many downward dogs, triangles or tree poses I have formed with my body since I first started practising yoga. How many times have I practised Nadi Sodhana or meditated? Have you noticed how we work on some of the same poses or pranayama techniques every in class as gradually our body… Read more »