31 August 2010

Quote of the day ...

He who experiences the unity of life sees his own Self in all beings, and all beings in his own Self, and looks on everything with an impartial eye.

28 August 2010

Quote of the day ...

Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

27 August 2010

Quote of the day ...

The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual's own reason and critical analysis.
Dalai Lama

25 August 2010

Yoga Ibiza

Yoga Ibiza 10, originally uploaded by yogamama.co.uk.

This was my yoga practice spot for the last 10 days. Ibiza is a beautiful island and has something for everyone. I would meet my teenagers and their friends coming in from the clubs as I got up to practice yoga in the morning.

Quote of the day ...

For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one.
Khalil Gibran

23 August 2010

Quote of the day ...

Discrimination is a hellhound that gnaws at Negroes in every waking moment of their lives to remind them that the lie of their inferiority is accepted as truth in the society dominating them.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

22 August 2010

21 August 2010

Quote of the day ...

Have compassion for all beings, rich and poor alike; each has their suffering. Some suffer too much, others too little.

20 August 2010

Quote of the day ...

Faith is an oasis in the heart which will never be reached by the caravan of thinking.
Khalil Gibran

19 August 2010

Quote of the day ...

If we want a love message to be heard, it has got to be sent out. To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it.
Mother Teresa

18 August 2010

Quote of the day ...

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

16 August 2010

15 August 2010

Top 10 yoga studios in London

This article was originally published in the Elephant Journal.

Although yoga is catching on fast here in the UK, we really do not have as much choice as our friends across The Pond regarding where we practice yoga. When I did my yoga teacher training in San Francisco, I was able to try lots of different schools of yoga—all within a stone’s throw of each other. In London, however, you have to look a bit harder and be prepared to travel if you want to get on your yoga mat.

London offers a “no-frills” approach to yoga, which I personally really love. Studios tend to be fairly basic and many are warehouse type set ups. We do not have any “celebrity teachers” referred to in hushed voices, who slip into class with an air of mystery. We do, however, have some fantastic teachers and are lucky enough to host some amazing visiting yoga teachers from around the world, who come and share their wisdom.

This list contains some of my personal favourite studios and some that are highly recommended by yoga students and teachers alike.

Tri Yoga

Tri Yoga has three Yoga studios in London: Primrose Hill; Covent Garden and Soho. Theses studios offer a wide range of classes to suit all yoga practices. There are 160 listed classes across the three studios, from Iynegar to Children’s yoga, and classes from guest international teachers.

Teachers to look out for: Claire Missingham (dynamic flow), Bridget Woods Kramer (Anusara / dynamic flow), Phillipa Asher (Ashtanga)

Website: www.triyoga.co.uk

The Life Centre

The Life Centre in Notting Hill Gate is one of London’s oldest yoga studios, established in 1993. This is a personal favourite of mine. It has a beautiful main studio with lots of natural light. There is a very calm feel to studio and a wide range of classes to choose from, suiting all styles.

Teachers to look out for: Jeff Phenix (General yoga), Leela Miller (Ashtanga/ dynamic), Danai Paleogianni (yoga level 1-2).

Website: thelifecentre.com

Jivamukti Yoga London

Another personal favourite of mine. It is a beautiful yoga studio, which serves as a spirtual oasis in the the heart of Ladbroke Grove (Notting Hill). Jivamukti Yoga offers all aspects of yoga: chanting, kirtan readings from the yoga sutras and – of course – yoga classes and workshops from guest teachers. As a matter of interest, Sri Dhamra Mittra will be holding a workshop in August.

This is a dynamic school of yoga and all the teachers have trained under the guidance of US-based David Life and Sharon Gannon.

Teachers to look out for: Emma Henry, Cat, Durga Devi

Website: jivamuktiyoga.co.uk

The Yoga Place

The Yoga Place is situated in East London and has a wide range of classes available, from yin yoga and meditation to Mysore style Ashtanga yoga.

Teachers to look out for: Carys Perkin

Website: yogaplace.co.uk

Ashtanga yoga London (AYL)

If you’re looking for a traditional Ashtanga yoga practice, this is the place to go. Mysore yoga classes are offered here. As with all traditional Ashtanga yoga schools there is no yoga on moon days.

Teachers to look out for: Hamish Hendry

Website: astangayogalondon.com


Alchemy is a fairly new yoga studio located near Camden Market. It’s a beautiful set up and has a small cafĂ© where you can refuel after your yoga class. It offers different styles of yoga including Kundalini, Hatha and dynamic classes. The timetable is ever-growing.

Teachers to look out for: Stewart Gilchrist (dynamic yoga)

Website: alchemythecentre.co.uk

Bikram Yoga Fulham

Bikram is probably the fastest growing yoga studio in London, with studios popping up all over the place. This is the only Bikram studio I have visited in the UK and, therefore, the only one I can comment on. If you love hot yoga, this is the place for you.

Teachers to look out for: Sanja Verma

Website: hotbikramyoga.co.uk

The Special Yoga Centre

I could not compile a list of great yoga studios without mentioning this yoga centre. There are a wide range of classes including community payment classes. It is an all-encompassing studio with all ages and abilities welcome, with a strong focus on yoga therapy for children with special needs.

Website: specialyoga.org.uk

Quote of the day ...

Faith is a knowledge within the heart, beyond the reach of proof.
Khalil Gibran

14 August 2010

13 August 2010

Quote of the day ...

Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can't ride you unless your back is bent.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

12 August 2010

Quote of the day ...

Sometimes one creates a dynamic impression by saying something, and sometimes one creates as significant an impression by remaining silent.
Dalai Lama

11 August 2010

Sweaty Betty eco yoga mat review

I have been trying out the Sweaty Betty Eco yoga mat for a week or so. It feels like complete luxury compared to my other mats. It is quite thick and is made from recyclable non-toxic plastic. It it is embossed on both sides to prevent slipping.

It is a perfect mat for a a home yoga practice and is fantastic for anyone who has kneeling issues. However, I personally found it a little bulky to carry to class with me and the strap slightly is fiddly. That said, it is the Rolls Royce of yoga mats in terms of comfort.

Quote of the day ...

Every human being is the author of his own health or disease.

09 August 2010

Quote of the day ...

I want you to be concerned about your next door neighbour. Do you know your next door neighbour?
Mother Teresa

08 August 2010

Quote of the day ...

At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Video: Let The Sunshine In (Hair)

Yesterday I went with my husband and daughter to see “Hair”, the revival of the 60’s musical at the Gielgud Theatre in the West End of London.

The video is the track “Let The Sunshine In”, which was my favourite song from the production. The first half of the show was excellent and very entertaining, but the second half was, for me, a bit slow. However, the end, with audience participation, was fantastic. If I hadn’t been sat upstairs (wearing very high shoes), I would definitely have got up on stage with the cast and had a dance.

The show is well worth seeing before it ends in September.

05 August 2010

04 August 2010

Video: Sri Pattabhi Jois

When I saw this recently on Youtube, I felt like I was watching a very private moment in Pattabhi Jois' life. I think it shows the father/grandfather that he was; as well as being a wonderful yoga guru. Very touching!

Quote of the day ...

I try to give to the poor people for love what the rich could get for money. No, I wouldn't touch a leper for a thousand pounds; yet I willingly cure him for the love of God.
Mother Teresa

03 August 2010

Quote of the day ...

An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

02 August 2010

Quote of the day ...

Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them.
Dalai Lama

Filming prenatal yoga

I spent the Saturday filming a prenatal yoga shoot. I have to say give me back-to-back yoga classes any day; they are far easier. I found the experience both fun and exhausting. I take my hat off to the people involved in TV, film and media who do this every day as it really is not as easy as it may seem.

It is a big learning curve for me, but definitely a great fun day, with a fab team. Below is a photo of Yoga Mama in between shots. More info to follow...

Video: Yogin

A fun and clever yoga animation. You can't reach enlightment on self-will alone.

01 August 2010

Quote of the day ...

Ennui has made more gamblers than avarice, more drunkards than thirst, and perhaps as many suicides as despair.