30 June 2010

Quote of the day ...

Everytime you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.
Mother Teresa

29 June 2010

Quote of the day ...

A right delayed is a right denied.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

28 June 2010

Quote of the day ...

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
Dalai Lama

27 June 2010

Dog loves watching Rugby..


Dog watching the Rugby, originally uploaded by yogamama.co.uk.

My dog is obviously a big " All blacks" fan. I came into the room yesterday to find him glued to Sky sports,who were showing the New Zealand v Wales rugby game. As you can see he is watching the commentry, and proceeds to watch some of the game before deciding he needed a sleep.

Quote of the day ...

An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.
Buddha

26 June 2010

Quote of the day ...

And ever has it been known that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.
Khalil Gibran

25 June 2010

Quote of the day ...

Even the rich are hungry for love, for being cared for, for being wanted, for having someone to call their own.
Mother Teresa

24 June 2010

Quote of the day ...

A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

23 June 2010

Quote of the day ...

If you have a particular faith or religion, that is good. But you can survive without it.
Dalai Lama

22 June 2010

Quote of the day ...

Ambition is like love, impatient both of delays and rivals.
Buddha

21 June 2010

Quote of the day ...

An eye for an eye, and the whole world would be blind.
Khalil Gibran

20 June 2010

Wimbledon Qualifiers 2010

I spent last week working at the Wimbledon Tennis Qualifiers at Roehampton. This was my 17th year doing the warm up exercises for the ball boy/girls at this event. As always we had a great time and the students were able to work through the tournament despite the long days and aching limbs.


250 tennis players from around the world battled it out in an attempt to secure a place at Wimbledon. Many well known tennis players have come through the qualifiers; including John McEnroe, Boris Becker and Lleyton Hewitt. Who knows, perhaps another qualifier will lift the trophy this year!

Here are some photos from the week.



Quote of the day ...

Each one of them is Jesus in disguise.
Mother Teresa

19 June 2010

Quote of the day ...

A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on the installment plan.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

18 June 2010

Quote of the day ...

If you can, help others; if you cannot do that, at least do not harm them.
Dalai Lama

17 June 2010

Quote of the day ...

All wrong-doing arises because of mind. If mind is transformed can wrong-doing remain?
Buddha

16 June 2010

Quote of the day ...

All that spirits desire, spirits attain.
Khalil Gibran

15 June 2010

Quote of the day ...

Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.
Mother Teresa

14 June 2010

Quote of the day ...

A man who won't die for something is not fit to live.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

13 June 2010

Quote of the day ...

I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.
Dalai Lama

12 June 2010

Quote of the day ...

All things appear and disappear because of the concurrence of causes and conditions. Nothing ever exists entirely alone; everything is in relation to everything else.
Buddha

11 June 2010

Quote of the day ...

All our words are but crumbs that fall down from the feast of the mind.
Khalil Gibran

10 June 2010

Quote of the day ...

Do not think that love, in order to be genuine, has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired.
Mother Teresa

09 June 2010

What is Vinyasa?

David Swenson describes Vinyasa as the "marriage of breath & movement". The linking of yoga poses while flowing with the breath is vinyasa.

The asanas (poses) cease to be separate from the breath while practising this form of yoga; thus allowing a yogic dance of breath and movement. Ashtanga Vinyasa is one of the best known forms of this style of yoga practice.

The Suryanamaskas (sun salutaions) are often described as vinyasa, as is linking upward facing dog and downward facing dog. Vinyasas are placed in between poses to bring the body back into a neutral position in this yoga practice

Vinyasa flow classes - sometimes called flow yoga classes - are becoming increasing popular. This is because there is freedom to create various sequences. These sequences are not random, but linked poses flowing from one to another. Repetition is a key feature in vinyasa yoga.

Every entrance and exit to a pose is made with an inhalation or exhalation. Transition from one pose to another is fluid and there is no breath retention. Heat is created in the body and the mind is calmed by the flow of breath and movement. It is said that, by practising vinyasa, we align ourselves with the continuous flow of the universe.

“Weave the Tapestry of Vinyasa from the Threads of Breath and Movement”
David Swenson

Quote of the day ...

A man can't ride your back unless it's bent.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

08 June 2010

Quote of the day ...

Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.
Dalai Lama

07 June 2010

The Elephant Parade

There are currently 260 life-sized baby elephants dotted around London. They have been designed by people from the world of fashion and art such as: Julien MacDonald, Lulu Guinness, Alice Temperly and Nina Campbell, to name but a few.

The Elephant Parade hopes to raise 2 million pounds for The Elephant Family charity. Mark Shand, the author of “Travels with my Elephant” heads up this charity and the funds raised will help to create migratory corridors for Asian Elephants to prevent human/elephant conflict.

The elephants will be on display collectively at the Chelsea Royal Hospital from the 23rd of June until the 2nd of July and will then be auctioned at Sotherbys as highly collectable works of art.

This colourful elephant spotted in Holland Park Avenue in West London.

Make Me a New Face

I would like to share this with you. Neil Bulstrode, Consultant Plastic Surgeon and the Clinical Lead for Plastic Surgery at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, has participated in the filming of a documentary by Ben Fogle that will be aired on BBC2 on Wednesday 9th June at 9-10pm. If you cannot watch it then, it will be repeated on BBC2 on Monday 14th June at 7-8pm.

The documentary, titled Make Me a New Face, is about the charity trip to Ethiopia that Neil was part of; which saw a team of highly-skilled medical and surgical professionals travel to Addis Abeba in order to carry out surgery on children with severe facial disfigurement... A very worthwhile cause, as I am sure you will agree! The charity that organised this trip is called Facing Africa.

Quote of the day ...

All that we are is the result of what we have thought. If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him. If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him.
Buddha

06 June 2010

Quote of the day ...

Advance, and never halt, for advancing is perfection. Advance and do not fear the thorns in the path, for they draw only corrupt blood.
Khalil Gibran

05 June 2010

Grace Kelly Exhibition

The Grace Kelly Exhibition is currently on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

A collection of clothes, shoes, jewellery and bags worn by one of the most photographed women of the 20th century. Grace Kelly appeared in many films along with Hollywood legends, such as Cary Grant, Bing Crosby, and Clark Gable. Grace met Prince Rainier of Monaco while attending the Cannes Film Festival and they married a year later.

The exhibition shows her transformation from Hollywood actress to Princess of Monaco. She had a beautiful understated fashion sense and some of the film footage at the exhibition shows her wearing a number of items that are on display. She certainly brought them to life, and looked stunning in her Dior couture. The Hermes "Kelly bag" was named after her and is synonymous with classic beauty, as indeed was the woman herself.

I would have loved to have seen Kelly's wedding dress on display, but sadly this was not to be. The designer Vera Wang described the wedding dress as being "majestic and demure"; once again, like the woman herself.

I would recommend a visit to the exhibition; the only downside was that I felt like I should rush out a buy a new frock and get my hair done as I felt really underdressed. Still, I'm neither a Hollywood actress or a princess.. yet!

King of the Cup

Today I have a guest blogpost from my 17 year old football fan (and player) son, Jake.

Rio Ferdinand has been ruled out of the World Cup, but England have a ready-made replacement in Ledley King. I believe the Tottenham captain is more than a decent replacement, as King was one of the stars of the Premiership as he led Tottenham to Champion's League football.

Yes, Rio will be missed around the camp for his experience and humour, but I don't think he will really be that missed on the pitch. I believe that if Ledley King didn't have so many injury problems, he would be a certain starter for the England team on a regular basis.

I have heard many different opinions such as "Now our captain's gone, that's it" and "big loss to lose a key man", but I still believe that Rios departure will not affect England's chances at the World Cup. Some fans have said that now the captain has gone, the team won't know how to play together and get information into the side. For one thing, when Rio played as captain, Fabio Capello chose to tell old captain John Terry the information to pass on to the players.

Rio was not really England's captain; there was no emotion, no courage, no leader figure... He was just a player wearing an armband that would still have been worn by John Terry if details about his private life hadn't come to the light in the Tabloid Press. England also has a lot of talent and skill to cover Rio's absence in defence in the form of Michael Dawson, Ledley King and Jamie Carragher. So has England really lost that much going into the World Cup? A good player, yes! A brilliant England captain, No! With or without Rio Ferdinand, England can be world champions.

Quote of the day ...

Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.
Mother Teresa

04 June 2010

Quote of the day ...

A lie cannot live.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

03 June 2010

Quote of the day ...

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.
Dalai Lama

02 June 2010

Quote of the day ...

A jug fills drop by drop.
Buddha

01 June 2010

Quote of the day ...

A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle.
Khalil Gibran