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Yoga and Crutches

We have had some magnificent sunrises recently, and the light mornings are calling us to do a yoga practice. Unfortunately our mind invents all sorts of obstacles as to why we can’t possibly get onto the mat. The reality is that there is always something we can practice, despite physical limitations both imagined and real…. Read more »

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Why does Yoga make us happy?

A student recently told me that after her last yoga class she felt so happy all day, something that has been expressed to me many times before. She then asked why yoga made her happy? It was a reminder that not everyone generally feels this way most of the time, although for me, this experience… Read more »

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Commitment

In the early years of my Ashtanga practice a teacher was talking to us about commitment. He told us this joke: ‘A chicken and a pig walked down the main street of a village. They passed a pub with a sign in the window saying ‘Special – Bacon & Eggs’. The chicken got excited ‘let’s… Read more »

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Puja & Graduation of New Teachers – 4 October 4 pm

Come celebrate with us! Three years of intense and committed practice and study has led yet again three outstanding students to become yoga teachers. We will be celebrating their efforts with a Puja held by Rami Sivan. This beautiful ritual will bless all of us and our space, and will be followed by some lovely… Read more »

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Glow with Yoga

Newcomers to yoga many times comment on how surprisingly physical, even strenuous their first experiences of this ancient practice have been. Particularly with Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, as there is a lot of emphasis placed on detoxifying the body. Through the use of ‘muscle seals’, and deep chest breathing, you build up a good sweat. Long… Read more »

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Finding Stillness

For weeks you have borne patient witness to my daily descriptions about the updating and creating of our new website. The process of this creation has certainly pushed some buttons in me. The aesthetics were of great importance, as was/is the emphasis on immediacy, with the paring back of text to provide optimum but succinct… Read more »

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Motivating your Hips

Our hips are the biggest joints in our bodies. They are situated deep within our core. They have an amazing range of motion, and can be kept very mobile with regular yoga practice.

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Surya Namaskara

“To master the practice of the sun-salutations is a life-long pursuit.” As one of my teachers commented on the Surya Namaskara in this way in the early days of my Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga practice, my immediate reaction was that of ‘OK, it’s physically hard, but there can’t be that much to it’. Little did I… Read more »

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Boundless Joy

Do you remember when you first fell in love with yoga? The first time you innocently followed your teacher’s instructions, not really knowing what to expect? You were curious; just trying out what was suggested, a pure approach, that of the novice. Then you might have had that small, but memorable experience; maybe a sense… Read more »

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Why exactly are we using Bandhas?

When I started with Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga I was thoroughly excited by the practice of the asanas, the physical exertion, and the challenges. The profound sense of peace and stillness at the end of a practice got me hooked instantly.