I have been practising yoga for 18 years and teaching for 16 years. The first news letter was issued January 2010 which progressed to a blog - My Yoga Journey in Oct 2015 which I still think is worth reading. This month I became 66 years young and have decided that it is time to kick back a little and practise what I preach: 'I must not be too busy making... read more on Farewell Spanish Retreat
The Moon and Yoga
In the Astanga tradition it is said that 'moon days' (full and new) are for resting. This is largely ignored in the West perhaps because not all yogis practise daily and therefore the rest is not necessary.
This month there is a partial lunar eclipse and a solar eclipse to be seen if we are blessed with clear... read more on Yoga and the moon
Well what a few weeks it has been: storm Doris, solar flares, solar eclipse and powerful full moon - it has all been going on.
Looking ahead, the vernal equinox and first day of spring is on 20th March, on Saturday 25th we move to British Summer Time, Sunday 26th Mothers' Day takes centre stage, and Easter follows shortly after 14 - 17 April.
So, if you are... read more on Why yoga works
This year I will have practising yoga for 18 years and teaching full time for last 14 years. During my years of teaching and writing newsletters and a blog I have often talked about the importance of the breath and smiling as this enables us to 'arrive' in our practice, or to put it in modern parlance, it gives us head space but it is not just the breath and... read more on The Invitation & Krishna Das
Have you seen Nick Knowles on a 28 day retreat in Thailand on the BBC? I really enjoyed it; there were chuckle worthy moments, times of insight and real breakthroughs, especially with doing yoga. If you can't get to Thailand for a month but fancy retreating for a few days of yoga come to Spain with me next week! Experience fresh air, sunshine, mountain views local food and... read more on Drinking & Yoga
Easy Jet have a sale on that ends on Tuesday you can now go to Malaga for only £120 why not come and get some sun at my Spanish mountain retreat before the start of the long winter days?
I think that sometimes we loose the essence of what the Ashtanga Yoga is about. So just to remind you. It is primarily a mindfulness meditation. It does not matter how... read more on What Ashtanga Yoga is about
Hope you enjoy this months blog don't forget to look skyward from the 11-13th August to see the Perseids meteor shower.
If anyone is looking for some late Autumn Sun there are still a few place left for my Spainish mountain retreat for September 14-17th & October 12-15th.
What is Yoga?
There are about 100 different types of yoga. For those of you asking... read more on What is Yoga
I hope you are enjoying the great weather and find this months blog good for your heart and soul. Remember sunshine is one of the best sources of Vitamin D, in the UK our skin isn’t able to make vitamin D from October to March, as the sunlight hasn’t got enough UVB radiation so why not come and do yoga with me this October at my Spanish Yoga Retreat? Dates... read more on Meditation Om & Aloha
TODAY is International Yoga day millions of people will to-day be managing their lives a bit better if you would like better life management and would like some sunshine why not come with me to Spain 6-9th July for the special late booking price of only £299 flights from Gatwick are currently only £140.
There was a an interesting article on Yoga in the Telegraph... read more on International Yoga Day
A number of people coming to my classes have been wearing pulse monitors and I have asked what their pulse rate is at both the beginning and end of the class the results are between 10-15 beats a minute at the end of the class - see yoga "does what it says on the tin"
It is unfortunate that at the end of our lives we have many regrets which is a shame as life is... read more on Five things you will wish you had done
Sun Salutations – why do we do them?
Love ‘em or hate ‘em they are an integral part of Ashtanga yoga. We do them to warm the body at the beginning of the practice but also for the positive effect on respiration, circulation and the nervous system. The movement keeps the spine supple and offers a stretch through the ribs and hips, lengthening... read more on Sun Salutations - why do we do them?
Q: Why do Yoga? A: Why not!
Yoga brings about measurable changes in the body’s sympathetic nervous system (SNS) – the one charged with propelling us into action during the “fight or flight” response to stress. However, because we have busy lives our stress response often lingers in the “on” position. Yoga helps... read more on Why do yoga
The Sanskrit word for a yoga pose is Asana. Sanskrit scholars variously translate this word to mean "a comfortable or effortless position." How many of you have often found a posture both uncomfortable and requiring much effort. This month I will give you a few ideas to make your practice both more comfortable requiring less effort so you enjoy your practice... read more on Enjoyable Yoga Practice
Dear Yogis & Yoginis
There are over a hundred different types of Yoga. If you would like to see an excellent video highlighting some of them I would recommend the DVD "Enlighten up". The evolution of yoga is illustrated as The Tree of Yoga in a book "The Spirit of Yoga" by Christy Turlington which is a beautiful introduction for those... read more on Yoga what's it all about.