What is Yoga? by Debbie Farrar

Yoga is a deeply nourishing self enquiry. It is not self enquiry with the aim of self flagellation. Although oft touted as a way of life, there is no one yogic way of life. Yoga is a broad church. Its central tenets, yam and niyam, are not the ten commandments imposed upon us from some external authority. Instead they are each a dualistic lens through which one can view oneself and one's life.

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Can meditation stop nightmares? by Debbie Farrar

If we practice dissociative practices that masquerade as meditation; we may be able to immune ourself to these images and our nightmares.  However we will be moving further away from reality and into the realm of fantasy.  Whilst fantasy can be good, it can also be bad.  It can fertilise our dreams and our nightmares.

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Yoga is not stretching by Debbie Farrar

I do not teach yoga as stretching.  To reduce yoga to stretching is to do it a disservice.  If I could ban my teacher trainees from using one word; that word would be 'stretch'!  Although that word 'stretch' is so ingrained into the vocabulary of most yoga teachers that it is a hard thing to let go of.  I still hear it popping out of my mouth occasionally, and I do not teach yoga as stretching.

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The yoga teacher who knew too much by Debbie Farrar

Accreditation & certification can give teachers the impression that they know for sure what is right & wrong. They might think they know how every joint works in every body, or that they know how each person feels & relates to sensation & pain.

This certificated stamp of authoritative approval can actually lead to them being so sure of themselves that they convince students to do things that are not right for them.

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Reality, ideology and the perils of tribal longing by Debbie Farrar

I was recently invited to talk at the public Independent Yoga Network meeting that was set up to discuss the implications of the British Wheel of Yoga's move to pay Skills Active £20,000 so they can set up a National Occupational Standard for yoga teaching in the UK.  On the surface, it seems sensible enough.  Standards are surely a good thing?  Everyone wants to raise standards don't they?  Yes, they honestly do.

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Perfectly Anomalous by Debbie Farrar

This is not to say that they are a bad person for having a hidden agenda. We all have them. Mostly, these hidden agendas are the result of our own unmet needs, and so are hidden even from ourselves. It is hard to work out these things in our own psychology.

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Diagnosis Murder by Debbie Farrar

Putting a cushion under your ass is in no way meant to be a substitute for conventional treatments to hip bursitis. Please do not replace one external authority (doctors) with another (me). It's your own life, your own enquiry. Write your own script. Be your own authority.

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