Cultural Appropriation Part 3: Empire


My family was recently given a set of Snakes and Ladders. It’s a cheap, plastic set - a rollup sheet, little pieces (that’ll probably be lost or eaten by the dog) and a dice. As I joined in the game, I was surprised at how much fun it was: my son’s excitement rolling a six and getting an extra throw; climbing a ladder and nearly reaching the top or the disappointment of getting right near the end and then falling back down a snake.Continue reading

Cultural Appropriation Part 2: Emerika

blogEntryTopper“The wrongs of our past have resurfaced
Despite all we did to vanquish the traces
My very language is tainted
With all that we stole to replace it, with this.
Europe is lost
America … lost.”
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Cultural Appropriation Part 1: India

blogEntryTopperTrimbakeshwar, Nasik 4th Jan 2017 - 3am
Its been ten years since I first visited this ashram which is located in a vast & beautiful valley, nestled amongst the sacred hills of Sahyadri. I first came here to train as a yoga teacher in 2007. I’d been practising yoga for about seven years and having been to India a few times before, I wanted to learn how to teach from an authentic school in India.Continue reading

Yoga for Peace 2017

blogEntryTopperAfter a year off, Yoga for Peace Day returns once again this autumn. Yoga for Peace is a community fundraising event that celebrates peace and raises money for charities that support people affected by war. Continue reading

World Yoga Festival

blogEntryTopperI have just returned from a lovely weekend away with my family at this year’s World Yoga Festival held at Beale Park, near Reading, UK. Continue reading

Is it dangerous to practise yoga on the full moon?

blogEntryTopper"The moone is founde, by plaine experience, to beare her greatest stroke uppon the seas, likewise in all things that are moiste, and by consequence in the braines of man.” (C.16, Moon Lore)Continue reading

Standardising the non-standard

blogEntryTopperA recent proposal to create a ‘National Occupational Standard’ (NOS) within the field of teaching yoga has ignited a wave controversy and debate within the UK yoga community..Continue reading

Ashtanga Yoga and God

blogEntryTopper'From devotion to God, Samadhi is attained’ (YS 2.45 *)
In Patanjali’s sutra, the final stage of yoga is Samadhi - ‘clear perception.’ Patanjali outlines two methods by which to accomplish Samadhi:Continue reading

The roots of postural yoga

blogEntryTopperModern Yoga is a composite hybrid of practices in which the somatic techniques of Hatha Yoga converge with the experiential philosophy of Patanjali’s Eight limbed path..Continue reading

Fast food yoga - commodifying the sacred

blogEntryTopperIn recent years, a plethora of new 'yoga styles' have emerged. Many have extraordinary names such as: ‘Voga’, ‘Tequila Yoga’, ‘Playboy Yoga’, ‘Glow Yoga’, ‘Rage Yoga’, ‘Chocolate Yoga’, and ‘Baked Yoga’ (for stoners).Continue reading

Yoga Korunta - unearthing an Ashtanga legend

blogEntryTopperA quest
There is an intriguing legend in the world of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. If you’ve never heard the story before, it usually goes something like this:Continue reading

The Kriya Yoga of Patanjali

‘The three purificatory actions of yoga are inner discipline, self-study, and surrender. When practised, the obstacles are removed and we experience clear perception.’
Patanjali Yoga Sutra - 2:1-2
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Developing a daily practice: part two

At last, the spring is on its way and, with it, the best time of the year to undertake or renew a regular home practice. Here are some practical ideas and suggestions to help get you started.. Continue reading

Developing a daily practice: part one

In this two part blog, I will first be offering some thoughts on daily practice and in the second instalment, practical advice on how to begin a regular routine. Continue reading

Which style of yoga?

Perhaps you’ve been thinking for a while that you’d like to try out this yoga thing that everyone else seems to be doing and talking about. You’ve finally made your intention to give it a go.. Continue reading

A few thoughts on yoga mats

Whilst this post may not lead you directly towards samadhi or enlightenment, it may however save you a few quid when you come to purchase a new mat.Continue reading

Origins of modern yoga

A summary of notes from a study day at Heythrop college with guest speakers: James Mallinson and Suzanne Newcombe.Continue reading

Hatha Yoga Pradipika: now available in ten chapters

A longer version of the classic Haṭha manual is now available in English and includes chapters on a variety of subjects, some of which may seem somewhat bizarre to modern practitioners!Continue reading

Yoga and vegetarianism

Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances of survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.” - Albert Einstein

Our natural instinct is to be healthy and yoga practice helps us to tune in to that instinct. Yoga helps us to cultivate harmony and balance in every aspect of our lives, including diet.
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Warning: Yoga may seriously improve your health!

There’s been a lot of talk this week about the alleged dangers of Yoga practice...largely sparked by an article written in the New York Times by Mr Broad, who last week talked on BBC radio 4 in a programme entitled “Can Yoga Kill you?”

Ok: well, not surprisingly, this has got a lot of Yoga folks in a bit of a stew! So much has been said by so many that there is not a great deal I can add..except that i just can’t help myself, so here goes!Continue reading