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August 27, 2020

From the book 'Tree Wisdom' by Vincent Karche

“Trees teach us about breathing. They continually produce oxygen, so they teach us about rejuvenation and about our perception of ourselves. They help us feel stronger, while remaining peaceful … Trees don't just give us fre...

January 29, 2019

For our agrarian ancestors whose lives were so closely entwined with the land, marking seasonal changes was a way of showing respect for the rhythms of nature that provided them with the means to flourish in their environment. To honour nature was to be in intimate rel...

January 5, 2019

What dreams did I create last night?

Where did my eyes linger today?

Where was I blind?

Where was I hurt without anyone noticing?

What did I learn today?

What did I read?

What new thoughts visited me?

What differences did I notice in those closest to me?

Who did I neglect?

Wher...

October 16, 2018

When I visit my local Hindu temple for worship (puja), I am often asked why, as a Westerner, I am drawn to be there. When I mention that I am a yoga teacher, smiles of understanding break out. Despite confusion in the contemporary yoga world of how much the discipline...

March 24, 2018

From 'The Magical Year' by Danu Forest

The Spring Equinox is a good time to consider balance in our lives, not only of happiness and sadness, but also of the areas in which we are active and passive, successful and falling short, giving and taking. Use this exercise to...

January 31, 2018

Years ago, when I was first taught about the science of breath by an enthused and slightly eccentric yoga teacher, I was told that 'animals breathe through their mouths just before they die' and thus to preserve life, breathing through the nostrils should be favoured a...

January 1, 2018

India has a rich tradition of enlightened saints [yogis] who have dedicated their lives to guiding those on the spiritual path, encouraging aspirants to reach higher and more fulfilling levels of understanding and insight. What better way to start a New Year than by re...

November 25, 2017

“When the breath wanders, the mind also is unsteady. But when the breath is calmed, the mind too will be still, and the yogi achieves long life. Therefore one should learn to control the breath.” - Hatha Yoga Pradipika, 15th Century

Adherents of yoga have long known the...

November 10, 2017

“The human body is not an instrument to be used, but a realm of ones being to be experienced, explored and thereby educated.”  - Thomas Hanna

Having engaged in, and benefitted from, traditional yoga practices for many years, it has been exciting for me to discover...

November 10, 2017

The image of someone sitting cross-legged chanting the Om (Aum) mantra has long been associated with yoga. Indeed, many classes begin and end with this sacred sound. But why? What is the meaning and purpose of it? Here are a few facts that might help to explain:

Om is a...

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