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This year I have been blessed with three wonderful opportunities to meet and further my Ashtanga journey with Ashtanga-legend John Scott, a dedicated and direct student of Guruji, Shri K Pattabhi Jois, since 1989. John’s knowledge and understanding of the Ashtanga tradition runs …

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Today I’m writing about Ashtanga yoga, which many of you will know is at the very heart of my yoga practice and experience. There are increasingly more and more styles of yoga available, from the relative old timers such as …

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Following a superbly inspiring weekend of workshops with legendary Ashtangi, John Scott, in London, I have found a renewed love of ‘omming’ … I’ve been doing it in the shower, in my car and even to my cat … it’s …

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We complete our journey through the five yamas of Patanjali’s yoga sutras with Aparigraha, meaning non-greediness or non-possessiveness. In the extreme sense of this final yama, we can look to the sādhus for inspiration.  These are India’s ‘holy men’ (the …

Weekly Focus: Brahmacharya

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The fourth of Patanjali’s five yamas (moral restraints) in yoga is Brahmacharya, possibly the mostly broadly and vaguely interpreted of them all.  Literally meaning ‘walking with God’, popular understandings range from ‘moderation’ to ‘celibacy’. “When the mind is freed from …

 

Weekly Focus: Asteya

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The third yama in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras is Asteya (pronounced Uh-shtay-uh), which translates as non-stealing or non-coveting. Sadly today, as I was thinking about writing this blog, there was an armed robbery at my local bank.  Now, all of you …