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More?

Before class last night one of the other students asked me if I was teaching at all yet. Yes, I am a little. But she wasn’t satisfied. “When are you going to teach more? And are you going to do another training course soon?” Woah, slow down! Why can’t it be enough right now? Last…

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Sukha Tuesday

Did I mention before that I LOVE Tuesdays? I think I did — only the other week in fact. I would say it was my favourite day of the week, but actually all the rest are pretty good too!! I’m a happy babycrow right now at least! Tuesday this week offered the usual wonderful mix of…

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Mind your own business

Students in a class I attend regularly have started commenting quietly on a particular yogīni’s practice and taking subtle steps to avoid practising too close to her. I thought it was only me that found her a bit disturbing at close quarters. I’m all too easily intimidated in the yoga room. She’s not deliberately disruptive nor working her own…

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Resistance is futile

I sometimes wonder whether I will ever have enough humility to practise yoga with any true commitment. Two snapshots from class today: We were in Child’s Pose and I could tell what was coming: it wasn’t intended as a resting pose as often in class, rather it was meant as a posture to bring us to our…

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What am I really teaching?

My own teacher’s professional biog has something about him teaching to affect head and heart. I don’t remember the exact words but I do remember the wonder I first felt in his classes, still feel very vividly even a few years on. In my own practice I’m still very much figuring out the power of…

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Teaching prep

Prep for teaching today: a couple of hours on the sofa, clutching a hot water bottle against my stomach cramps, a box of tissues within hand’s reach. I have a cold and it’s rocked my system a bit overall; it doesn’t take much to throw me off balance. It’s OK, it’ll pass, I know that.…

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Will the day be bright or cloudy?

We got yoga homework from class last week — maybe that’s my teacher’s take on being more strict! On the theme of change: the challenge was to see if we could take a different route to work each day. Of course that’s just the ‘physical practice’, the real interest lies beneath. What might this change in a…

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Mind the step

I’ve just stepped on the train heading home after a weekend with my parents. A 4 hour train journey ahead, laden with food from my mum (including a piece of her chocolate cake!). Suddenly she asked anxiously, “How will you spend your time on the train? Do you need a book to read?” She always…

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Heart stopping yoga

I thought I was going to have a (thankfully metaphorical) heart attack in class the other night. Not because I was pushing myself too far, certainly not because the teacher was driving us hard, and not because I’d stepped up to face my inner demons and taken myself (and the demons) along to the weekly advanced class,…

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In the way but moving in the right direction

Crazy, wonderful Tuesdays. Up early for some teaching practice before breakfast. Then a busy day at work including a full-on couple of hours with my boss working through something bogglingly technical together because it was a two-brain problem, my lunchtime spent writing a little story in Sanskrit for my homework, then finally running out of the office…