Grumbles and aches

I’m doing a lot of sweet-talking to my body at the moment, coaxing it to move, to loosen up, to come on a journey with me. All my muscles are hurting, some of them pretty uncomfortable, with old injury points reasserting themselves for no good reason. It’s not an excess of practice, I think it’s…

More or less yoga wear

A yoga outfit fail last week! I was coming straight from work, in a huge hurry because we’d had an end of financial year celebration (involving a soft drink only for me, in my yogic virtue ūüôā ), and when I got to¬†the changing room with minutes to spare before class I realised I’d forgotten…

Open to learning

The guru mantra got me from the first time I encountered it. After all I love learning, exploring, and sometimes mastering new things; I’ve always enjoyed¬†finding ways to teach¬†myself and I’ve been blessed with some truly phenomenal teachers through my life. I’m married to a teacher too! So I guess the surface message about learning…

Raw yoga

One of my reports at work has just been refused a place on a management training course, as part of a cost-cutting exercise. She’s disappointed and she feels as though she’s missing out on something. But really she’s been doing just fine¬†without this course for more than a year. “You don’t need it,” I told…

Change challenge

I hate yoga challenges, you might have heard me say this before. But now I’m thinking about setting myself one… Bear with me. I love to be contrary, you know! So here’s the story: A student of mine posted a lovely note on my FB page last week, telling me I’d been top of her…

Month by month

I’m a few months now into my routine of a monthly private session with my teacher. It sort of feels already like an indispensable¬†yoga must-have, but it also feels like early days in something new, something that I am/we are feeling our way into. What do I want from this opportunity? Help with figuring out…

Buddha and the badger

How hard is it to sit still? It’s one of those things that seems easy until you try it! I took up yoga precisely to help me with sitting still. Ah, the irony that movement¬†has become such a dominant¬†part of my practice now…!¬†But even so I like to think I’m a tiny bit better now…

Laughing plank

I went to a long class-cum-workshop at the weekend. Honestly it wasn’t quite what I expected but of course I learned heaps from it nonetheless. It was a deliberately very challenging sequence with the explicit aim of ‘pushing our buttons’ and seeing what happened, providing a laboratory for us individually to observe our responses and…

Enough already!

“Enough already!” It depends how you say it. It’s either a slightly tetchy way of telling someone to stop doing something or it’s a kind acknowledgement of the sufficiency in all things. I’m flip-flopping back and forth at the moment with both ways of talking to myself. I am having serious ‘enough’ issues, feeling never…

Layer (not lńĀya) yoga

I found myself quite naturally using the model of koshas when I was talking to a friend recently, a yoga friend that is, so it wasn’t as weird as it sounds. She was expressing fear or frustration about decision-making and I was speculating that good decision-making was a matter of getting quiet enough to hear…