This is a blog about recovery. All are welcome. Good vibes only, please. In 2008 I approached South African author Joanne Jowell with a vision to to share my struggle with bulimia, addiction, and depression. I wanted to share the good, the bad and the ugly, and present what I was battling to find in …
Celebrating International Yoga Day 2021: Exploring the Main traditions of Yoga from Mysore
Written as part of my course (200hr TT with StewG, ELSY) this essay explores the main traditions of yoga originating in Mysore from the last 120 years. Enjoy the read and happy international yoga day - remember, yoga is both on AND (most importantly) a practice OFF the mat. | A/C Albeit not travelling to …
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VIDEO | May Asana Spotlight: Finishing Sq (Ashtanga Vinyasa Baby Primary Series)
Each month we have explored the Ashtanga Baby Primary series, looking at the following sections: 1) Dhyana (meditation); 2) Warm-ups and Surya Namaskar; 3) Standing; 4) Seated; 5) Backbends, and, for May, we will end with the 6) Pacifying sq including inversions and savasana, plus a reading / message.
VIDEO | April Spotlight: Backbends (Ashtanga Vinyasa Baby Primary Series)
Welcome to the backbends part of the Ashtanga Baby Primary Series sequence (not suitable for beginners). Following from the seated sequence, backbends stimulate and energise the central nervous system. Anahata Chakra (Heart Chakra, meaning 'Unstuck') is related to backbends (and other asanas! All asanas and all chakras relate to one another!) PLEASE READ: Health and …
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VIDEO | Reading on Karuna (compassion) from BKS Iyengar’s Light on Yoga
Hello lovelies! Here's a reading from BKS Iyengar's Light on Yoga on karuna - which he beautifully captures in saying karuna is "...not merely pity or compassion, but rather compassion COUPLED WITH devoted action..." Epic! One of my all-time fave readings, and a call-to-action for all humanity. PLEASE practice yoga off the mat! Keep practicing …
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Recommended reading: The Alpha and Omega of Trikonasana by Sri Prashant Iyengar
Hello all! A wonderful recommendation exploring the science of trikonasa is a book written by BKS Iyengar's son Sri Prashant Iyengar, entitled The Alpha & Omega of Trikonasana. Here's a great description of Prashant Iyengar's The Alpha & Omega of Trikonasana via BKSIyengar.com: Trikonasana has been used as an example to explain how asana practice …
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Short video with NB message! LESS JUDGEMENT, PLEASE
Let us work, together, to lessen the hurtful judgement and move FAR, FAR away from the toxicity and hatred permeating in society, please! There is so much to learn and so much to forgive - let us focus on nurturing kindness and compassion, courage and inner wisdom, strength and resilience; and move toward a space of LOVE, not fear.
VIDEO | March Asana Spotlight: Seated Sq (Ashtanga Vinyasa Baby Series)
Welcome March, welcome cherry blossoms, welcome longer days and brighter smiles - wooooohooooo, welcome home Spring (it's been a while!!!) Welcome, too, to the seated part of the Ashtanga Baby Primary Series sequence (not suitable for beginners). Enjoy!
Video | Reading on Maitri (loving-kindness) from BKS Iyengar’s Light on Yoga
Welcome Maitri (friendliness; loving kindness) into your life, treating yourself, others, the planet and animals with ahimsa (non-harming) – the first Yama and, to reference Trip Levine, the prerequisite for listening to what the Universe has to tell you. A beautiful example of balance – beyond the mat – is the partnership between listening and …
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Recommended read for Feb (and beyond!): BKS Iyengar’s The Path To Holistic Health
Still wrapped up and locked down? No worries! You're not alone! Perfect time to discover and expand our understanding of Yoga. Recently recommended to me by my London-based Iyengar Yoga teacher Khaled Kendsi is B.K.S Iyengar's The Path To Holistic Health - illustrated, relevant and accessible the book is an inclusive and adventurous exploration of …
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VIDEO | February Asana Spotlight: Standing Sq (Ashtanga Vinyasa Baby Series)
Welcome to the standing part of the Baby Ashtanga Vinyasa sequence (not suitable for beginners), with the theme: Rooting Down to Create Space! The standing sequence helps build strength and stability (Standing asanas are related to your Muladhara or Root Chakra), also helping you develop a connection to your anatomical body. Enjoy!