Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.
31 October 2010
30 October 2010
- 2 ripe pears, cored and cut into quarters or smaller pieces
- 5 tablespoons of pressed apple juice
- Half a vanilla pod, split
- Greek yogurt or fromage frais to taste
- Cut the pear pieces into suitable sizes (for children, these will need to be smaller). If making this for young babies, puree the pears once cooked.
- Place the pears, apple juice and vanilla pod in a heatproof dish. Cover with clingfilm and steam at 100ºC for 4 to 6 minutes (depending on size and ripeness), until very tender.
- If pureeing, do so while the pears are hot (remember to remove the vanilla pod). Otherwise, leave to cool for a short time and serve warm or chilled with a spoonful of Greek yoghurt or fromage frais.
29 October 2010
I am sharing a family photo in which my daughter and I are are doing two of my favourite things: laughing and dancing.
Sharing fun times with family and friends can really lift the spirits. Your chemistry changes and you can sometimes find lightness on your dark days. Laughter really is fantastic medicine. Take it when you need it and give it when you can.
The nine drishtis are:
- Nasagrai (Nāsāgrai) - at the tip of the nose
- Angusta ma dyai (Aṅguṣṭha madhyai) – to the thumb
- Nabi chakra (Nābhicakra) – to the navel
- Padhayoragrai (Pādayoragrai) – to the toes
- Hastagrai (Hastagrai) – to the palm/ extended hand
- Parsva (Pārśva) – to the side/s
- Urdhva (Ūrdhva) – to the sky/ upwards
- Naitrayohmadya or Ajna chakra (Bhrūmadhya) - to the third eye/ between the eyebrows
- Parsva drishti - far right or far left
Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue.
28 October 2010
27 October 2010
I have so enjoyed reading this book about Pattabhi Jois as witnessed through the eyes of his students, of many years. It is a great insight into the life and personality of the man known as Guruji.
Thirty of Guruji’s students offer their own experience of practising Ashtanga yoga under his guidance. The passion that was shared from guru to student is one of the wonderful themes throughout the book; as is the family man or householder that Pattabhi Jois was.
It is clear from this book that family played a big role in this man’s life. There is plenty of humour; I found the David Swenson and Guruji “Hari Krishna” story really funny.
I loved reading about the experiences of the women who practiced with Guruji, especially in the early days, when western women were not the norm in the Shala.
I highly recommend this book to everyone who practices Ashtanga yoga.
26 October 2010
25 October 2010
David was my first yoga teacher way back in 1994. Since then, I have not had the chance to attend any of his classes or workshops. However, I have booked a place on the “hands on” adjustment workshop that he will be holding. There are a number of workshops on offer, from led primary series classes to a yoga teacher training intensive. So there is something for everyone!
I have mentioned to a number of my yoga students that they should take the rare chance to go and practice yoga with David. Some of them, however, feel slightly intimidated at the prospect.
When I meet him on a Greek island 16 years ago, I had no idea who he was and had never practised yoga before. David has a passion for yoga which he clearly loves to share. It is true that he can get into the most amazing poses, but he does not expect students to come along and be him. From what I remember, he was a funny, laid-back teacher who inspired me on my yogic journey and to whom I will always be grateful.
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24 October 2010
23 October 2010
Let us not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough, money can be got, but they need your hearts to love them. So, spread your love everywhere you go.
22 October 2010
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20 October 2010
19 October 2010
Let us more and more insist on raising funds of love, of kindness, of understanding, of peace. Money will come if we seek first the Kingdom of God - the rest will be given.
18 October 2010
Death is nothing at all,
I have only slipped into the next room
I am I and you are you
Whatever we were to each other, that we are still.
Call me by my old familiar name,
Speak to me in the easy way which you always used
Put no difference in your tone,
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow
Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household world that it always was,
Let it be spoken without effect, without the trace of shadow on it.
Life means all that it ever meant.
It it the same as it ever was, there is unbroken continuity.
Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?
I am waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near,
Just around the corner.
All is well.
Henry Scott Holland
17 October 2010
16 October 2010
15 October 2010
14 October 2010
The Yoga Show 2010 will be held from the 29th-31st of October at London Olympia (near Kensington). The event is becoming pretty large, so it’s best to sign up for the free workshops in advance so as to avoid the queues and possible disappointment of not being able to participate in the workshops that interest you.
I think it is a good idea to prioritise your free workshops. Chances are that you will not be able to attend all the ones advertised due to the number of applicants.
In my opinion, The Yoga Show has become a large sales event. If you need any new yoga equipment, clothing, books, etc... take plenty of money with you. If, on the other hand, you are looking for something a little more spiritual, you may end up a little disappointed.
13 October 2010
Learn how to soothe yourself and your baby by using rhythm and breathing techniques. Mum and baby yoga classes are also a great place to connect with other women who are going through the same experiences as you.
For more information about mum and baby yoga class times, please consult the yoga mama timetable. For more information or to sign up for a mum and baby yoga course, call 07939 58 90 83 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
12 October 2010
I have recently made several changes to my website, adding some new contents and functions. More changes are to come, but, for the meantime, here is a summary of the changes.
- Automatic sign-up to receive yoga mama newsletters on all pages
- Maps for all venues where I teach
- Icons to my Twitter, Flickr and blog are now located above the navigation menu at the top of the page.
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Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
01 October 2010
Ashtanga yoga practices postures (asana), breath (ujjayi pranayama), focal/gazing point (driste). The discipline of this system allows us to develop a deeper understanding and awareness of ourselves. It is both empowering, and liberating and allows us to move through life with a calmness and steadiness of mind and body.
The linking of breathing and movement creates an internal, purifying heat which detoxifies and purifies the muscles and internal organs. Internal locks (bandhas) are used throughout the yoga practice. The breath is the heart Ashtanga yoga.
Ashtanga translates as “eight limbs”. Below are the eight limbs as described by the sage Pattanjali:
- Yama (abstinences)
- Niyama (observances)
- Asana (postures)
- Pranayama (breath control)
- Pratyahara (sense withdrawal)
- Dharana (concentration)
- Dhyana (meditation)
- Samadhi (contemplation)
“If the mind folds itself to a point of concentration or becomes standstill, as it were, it can keep the body and the sesnses under its control, so that there will not be a possibility of their getting disease. If the mind becomes weak, it will be the cause of of many diseases, hallucinations and other mental distortions which give rise to physical diseases. The process of disaplining and purifying the mind is called yoga.”
Sri K. Pattabhi Jois