I had an email from a reader called Chris the other day. He was wondering what the bounds of an appropriate teacher-student relationship might be. He’s also given me permission to publish our conversation: I am new to yoga, but does one have to be spiritually inclined to be a yogi? I am an atheist, [...]
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I’m not sure how coherent this article is, but it’s very interesting stuff! Adrenal fatigue can cause joint issues. Yeah, I know. Apparently, it’s often the fault of the sartorius muscle: Pop over to my mm…Yoga! blog to read more. And to find out what adrenal fatigue is, if you don’t know.
Ladies and gentlemen (although, according to the survey, you blokes are severely in the minority). This happens to m all the time. I decide things are going to be a certain way… And then they aren’t. It’s very irritating.More about that in a moment, but first: you remember when the lovely team at lululemon Bourke [...]
I usually schedule my posts about a week in advance, but this, this needs to be talked about. Kausthub Desikachar, son of TKV Desikachar, whom I quoted in just this morning’s blog post, has been accused of sexual and emotional abuse. Go read the article over at Yoga Dork. I want to say this: people [...]
Parinama dukha. Doesn’t that sound like something your GP might say to you, then give you a prescription for antibiotics? ‘Parinama’ means change. And ‘dukha’? Suffering or pain. The Yoga Sutras, the philosophical texts on which much of our modern yoga is based, are most preoccupied with reducing dukham, suffering, and increasing ease. That’s pretty [...]
The other day, a friend asked me how long the really bad part of healing from my childhood had taken me. Only around four months, I told her. But it felt like forever. And it took about two years to integrate afterwards. Also, I needed about ten years to get brave enough to even GO [...]
This guest post by my friend Jenifer Parker came out of the conversation we had after my bunfight. This, she tells me, is how she’d express her views on being a yoga teacher, and the lateness thing. And the ‘let’s respect tradition & unquestioningly respect the teacher’ thing. When speaking to “tradition” we [...]
How do I find peace of mind? It seems to be a universal question. At the Self-Love Day on Saturday, I was reminded yet again how much we all struggle with this when I was talking about what a relief it was the first time I got a rest from myself (it was after my [...]
Sohum. Doesn’t that sound like a nice, releasing sigh? It’s one of my favourite mantra meditations. I like mantra meditations for their soothing repetitiveness, and because I find it easier to focus my mind this way than with visualisation which is, strictly speaking, a different technique to meditation. You can get very carried away with [...]
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