Patanjali’s Eight Limbs of Yoga

A very long time ago (think thousands of years), a mysterious, wise and ridiculously brainy being called Patanjali wrote an inordinate amount of detailed material relating to yoga and other contemporary disciplines including ayuverda, the sister science of yoga, and Sanskrit grammar. No one knows much about him, or indeed if it was one person (likelyContinue reading “Patanjali’s Eight Limbs of Yoga”

Mula Bandha Magic

As I prepare to run my first ‘Introduction to the Bandhas’ course online, I thought I’d share a little memorable moment from my own journey with the bandhas. Bandha means ‘energy lock’ in sanskrit, and developing bandha awareness is a sure way to come into intimate relationship with our innermost being. My own journey withContinue reading “Mula Bandha Magic”

Yoga nidra – ‘the sleep of the yogis’

I have recently started offering monthly yoga nidra classes, timed with the new moon. So I thought it was timely to write a piece about what exactly this practice entails and what its benefits are. It strikes me that ‘magical’ healing and transformative practices like yoga nidra are much needed in the world at theContinue reading “Yoga nidra – ‘the sleep of the yogis’”

Exploring the Five Koshas (body sheaths)

In yoga philosophy, we are definitely more than our physical body. In fact, our being is broken down into five separate ‘koshas’ or sheaths, nested within each other like Russian dolls. Right at the centre, at the heart of our five koshas, rests Atman, our true nature or our soul, sometimes described as pure consciousnessContinue reading “Exploring the Five Koshas (body sheaths)”

Ikigai – what is your reason for being?

At this time of my life I feel I’m moving into a new chapter of service, and so I am really taking time to ask myself lots of seemingly old questions in a new way, wanting to crystallise who it is that I want to be in the world, and what it is that IContinue reading “Ikigai – what is your reason for being?”

Healing from the heart

I am currently delving into my work as a Thai massage therapist in a much deeper way than ever before, having found an inspirational teacher, and I am really enjoying this journey. It has caused me to reflect on why I am finding giving the massages so much more enjoyable than in the past –Continue reading “Healing from the heart”

We Are Not Forsaken

Great mother writhes and moans on her sickbed,Hoping her discomfiture will jog us awake.Wildlife waits in the wings,Wondering if we will answer the call.The wind gives the trees their voice,“Remember yourselves, remember yourselves…”The buzzard screeches down from above,“It’s not too late, humans!”The world holds its breath, watching our every move. Then… We lift our heads,Continue reading “We Are Not Forsaken”

Warrior of Love Post-script (AKA It’s OK to be Face Down in the Dirt…)

Although the last piece of journal writing that I shared felt like a truth that wanted to emerge, it’s been niggling me somewhat. I didn’t quite tell the whole story. I’m always trying to integrate my ‘spiritual’ seeking, questing, oh-so-virtuous side with my earthy, flawed human side. Both are beautiful, both are equally worthy ofContinue reading “Warrior of Love Post-script (AKA It’s OK to be Face Down in the Dirt…)”