calm the mind

calm the mind

                                                 My lovely yoga cats, Mrs T and Mrs S, have been continuing their practice and Mrs T has allowed me to photograph her Sphinx posture especially for your delight. Mrs T starts her contemplation of her inner secrets in the age old pose of Sphinx (Bhujangasana 2)) with her head to the […]

cat yoga – Mrs T and the secret sphinx

“I am the one and only” In the summer of 2015, I was in the car and dear old Sir Terry Wogan, whose light still shines bright in our hearts,was talking to Chesney Hawkes   This inspired me to write about Chesney and yoga. If you’re old enough to remember back to 1991 […]

I am the one and only – Chesney Hawkes and ...

The present moment is the only moment. I’d like to offer you some words from the globally respected spiritual teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh: “The present moment is the only moment available to us, and it is the door to all moments.” This sentiment is so simple and obvious, yet so […]

the present is the door to all moments

“There is a Light that shines beyond all things on earth, beyond us all, beyond the heavens, beyond the highest, the very highest heavens. This is the Light that shines in our heart.” I love this quotation and have used it in my classes. It comes from the Chandogya Upanishad, […]

the light in our hearts

In modern life, we often talk about the ability to multi-task, but I’m sure many of us have got this skill honed to a fine art. We juggle a whole range of different tasks, but then can end up feeling stressed and frazzled inside! When we practise yoga, we focus on […]

being present in the only moment we really have

Life’s challenges I have been contemplating how life’s challenges mean that we experience a vast array of differing emotions. We may be happy and joyful, sad, tearful , angry or in pain, hurt or  fearful; the list is endless. From my own experience, I know we can allow these emotions […]

let yoga help with life’s challenges

“Dark yoga” I was intrigued to read an article in The Daily Telegraph at the end of January headline entitled, “Hot yoga, naked yoga, dog yoga – now switch on to dark yoga” which is apparently increasing in popularity in London as part of a wider trend for exercising in […]

“dark yoga” – yoga by candlelight

Controlling that little voice in your head. Thousands of years ago in a book called the Yoga Sutras, Patanjali, an ancient teacher, recorded the early yoga teachings.  He wrote that yoga is about “stilling the thought waves in the mind”. In other words, it’s about helping to control that little […]

controlling the little voice to quieten the mind

Yoga can help us relax both physically and mentally as we learn to release tension in our body and mind. Don’t get me wrong, some tension can be good for you: if there’s a lion chasing you down the street, it’s a good idea that you get a move on […]

releasing tension and relaxation

One of the other traditional things associated with this time of year is spring cleaning. You know the sort of thing: when we go for the “big” clean at home, move all the furniture, turn out cupboards, throw things away that we no longer need, etc, etc.  We clean up […]

yoga as spring cleaning