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June 14, 2020

K. Pattabhi Jois said, "Practice, and all is coming." It sounds so simple, but every time we make space for our practice, there's something a little different, some new layer to work with. Yoga's term for these layers of being - or sheaths - is 'koshas'. There are 5 koshas that surround the innermost kosha, the Anandamaya kosha: pure light within, our true Self.

The first sheath is what brings most people to yoga: the physical layer or 'Annamaya kosha'. The yoga postures are perfectly designed to strengthen, create flexibility and cleanse our bodies' systems so they can function optimally and we move through life with ease. The element associated with this layer is Earth, it is the most dense (and certa...

January 3, 2019

“There’s a tendency for us to want to rush because the sensation of effort is really intense. When we go slow, we can breathe through every articulation of movement. We miss a lot of the flavours of life because we go fast or we’re trying to taste a certain spectrum. Going slowly helps to re-cultivate a sensitivity that makes everything more rich in life.”

I have recently returned from my third teacher training, 'Exquisite Metta-morphosis', in Bali.

I have always been an advocate of a mindful flow, yet on this course we learnt how to teach yoga in a way that seems to slow down time; helping us to tune into a rhythm and an energy that is deeply healing because it cultivates true awareness.

When we move slowly and mindfully, we feel...

July 27, 2018

Sometimes we enter a yoga class carrying things we don’t want to be holding on to that cannot be shaken off with static poses, deep stretching and breath work alone. Sometimes we physically need to shake something off. My new class draws together all of the most powerful movement practices I’ve learnt and sequences them into one neat little hour (just!) so that you can get a full mind, body, spirit workout and a proper relaxation. 

I have been practicing yoga for over fifteen years now and have found it to be one of the most healing love affairs of my life. However, I started to notice that it wasn’t quite getting me where I wanted to be in terms of cardiovascular fitness, and I needed more fire to be able to shift a feeling...

May 29, 2018

Beata Beatrix, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1864-70

Before I started teaching yoga I studied History of Art at  university. Paintings are still a major inspiration, especially ones that deal with the human psyche. This beautiful, ghostly portrait is of Elizabeth Siddal - the wife of the artist, Dante Gabriel Rossetti. I’ve always loved this hazy, dreamlike painting but there’s a sad story behind it. Elizabeth Siddal died of a laudanum overdose, it is not known whether it was suicide or she simply took too much, but ‘Lizzie’, as she was known, had been addicted to the drug for some time.

Her husband chose to paint her at the moment of death. The dove flying towards her carries a poppy flower, a reference to the drug that killed her...

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