Yoga in the heatwave… and after

We had a heatwave in England recently. I loved it! I am definitely solar powered. I come alive when the rest of the country is wilting. And practice feels different in my body. Muscles just feel nicely stretchy from the outset. I don’t know that I move more deeply within any particular āsana, but from…

Subtle language

One of the funny things about being in Rome was not speaking the language. I’m not used to being in countries where I don’t know the language at all (which says more about my limited travel than my vast linguistic abilities!). I flicked through a phrase book on the plane and then just went for…

Grazie mille

Hubby’s latest reason for calling me a weirdo (which he affectionately does over all sorts of things) is that I don’t require him to buy me jewellery all the time! According to him this is how girls (and wives) behave. I think he’s been watching too many American films, but he insists this is true.…

Counterpose for tech neck

I see a lot written about tech neck at the moment — the discomfort and muscular imbalances caused by too much looking down. Surely this is just a new name for something that has long been a problem in human history, at least as long as we had electric light to enable extended hours of…

Practice time

When people ask me how long I practise yoga each week, I’m usually pretty evasive, second-guessing the response I think I’ll get. I usually down-play it, since most people look perturbed at the idea of daily practice. And even in the company of serious students/teachers I also hesitate to make my practice sound too heavy…

Expanding universe

I’m feeling wildly intrepid at the moment. Not that anyone would notice any difference from the outside if they watched my practice. But I’m being adventurous even within my modest shapes. I’m exploring, creeping my way into new territory one breath at a time. No sudden movements, no great disturbances, just patient, persistent exploration. My…

Waiting for the fall

The fall? Not the season, transatlantic friends. I’m waiting for the fall that follows pride. Because I’m feeling unusually proud of myself at the moment — in the balancing acts I’m currently managing, small steps in flowing a little more gracefully along with life, floating over some old obstacles that would have tripped me up…

Weird wonderful Wednesday

Wednesdays are weird days for me. It’s the one day of the week when I work a half day in the office and then the afternoon is mine. Or Yoga’s! 🙂 It’s the time when I usually teach, and I also have time to work on some yoga-related writing assignments and maybe a bit of…

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 🙂 ), and when I got to the changing room with minutes to spare before class I realised I’d forgotten…