Based on someone's description of what they are experiencing, a library of Yoga postures in our mind can't be used like a pharmacyRead More
Dear Yoga Land,
please can we stop quoting Pattabhi Jois in ways that vilify theory & thinking?
This writing is a response to a facebook post & thread in the IYN group by Ellen Lee. It is a discussion about the value of yoga teaching, around the issue of a 'Yoga Instructor' Job listingRead More
Really big weekend this one; tying together the philosophy, practice, teaching and state of Yoga and our experiences of the interplay between these things.Read More
The challenges of translation and interpretation; and the written word.
In the beginning was the word...(1)Read More
Exploring earth connections
She shook beneath my hands
The ripples from the violence
Are felt throughout these lands
And in receptive body
Those ripples find my chestRead More
OK yoga world, you are grown up enough to hear this now...
Here’s just one of the reasons why I am against the regulation of yoga.Read More
So I did a little challenge. Not a 30 day internet challenge. Not one I could post about every day either, since this was a challenge of not doing.
At the beginning of April I challenged myself not to buy any new clothes for 2 months.Read More
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.Read More
With this essay I hope to provide a summary of my study of Motivation which has been unfolding generally as part of my natural curiosity. It has solidified a lot for me as part of my yoga teacher training process and apprenticeship with Debbie Farrar (2012-Present). What began as a simple google search has now become a more living understanding.Read More
What is actually happening to our nervous system in yoga posture practice? How can we clarify and harmonise action with intention? An attempt to be objective about the most inherently subjective thing there is; the human nervous system. Prepare to embrace confusion and trust your monkey mind.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Keep Yoga Free article
Do BWY and Skills Active want the same thing? Do they dream the same dream? Is standardisation the same as raising standards?Read More
Besides, I should be celebrating what I can do! Too much of my life had already been spent listening to people trying to put me down. I have an awesomely strong and capable body! It was shouting at me to treat it to some loving, nourishing rest.Read More
I do not feel as though I am missing out. I feel like I am engaging more fully and intimately with myself, my life and nature than ever before. The nature of my own presence is palpable.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More