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One thing that you should remember is that mental transformations take time and are not easy. I think some people from the West, where technology is so good think that everything is automatic.
You should not expect this spiritual transformation to take place within a short time; keep it in your mind and make a constant effort, then after 1 year, 5years 10 years, 15 years you will eventually find some change. I still sometimes find it very difficult to practise these things. However, I do believe these practises are extremely useful.
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11 December 2011
Of these two, effort towards steadiness of mind is practise.
Here Patanjali means continuous practise, not just for one or two days. You have to always be at it, not just a few minutes a day and then allowing the mind to have its own free time all the other hours.It means you become eternally watchful, scrutinizing every thought, every word and every action.
Book one 13.
Translation Sri Swami Satchiddananda
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23 November 2011
When my daughter, who had just turned 20, started this beautiful button knit, she was a happy and healthy textile student at Central St Martins College in London. She had just started to specialize in knit, when she was struck down with glandular fever. At the same time a close friend died suddenly, in tragic circumstances, and the combination of the two had a drastic effect on her health. She had to put her university life on hold, give up her East End student home and return to live with us to recover. She spent most of the past winter in bed and was diagnosed as having ME symptoms and a gluten/wheat intolerance. This was the turning point on her slow road to recovery.
20 November 2011
After an exhausting few months and the official opening of our new clinic The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy, my husband and I headed off to Wiltshire for some rest and relaxation. I have stayed at Bishopstrow House before and find it so relaxing. In its previous life, it was a country manor house, set in amazing grounds behind an old stone wall. It has the feel of another era, without the pretentiousness that some hotels of this ilk have.
The staff at Bishopstrow House are fantastic. When the room we had booked wasn't quite right for us, we were promptly relocated without any fuss to the most beautiful Shaftesbury Suite, room service and 10 hours of the most refreshing sleep I have ever had. I headed over to the Halcyon Spa, while my husband swam for an hour in the outdoor swimming pool.
Running a very busy clinic, and teaching yoga in London doesn't allow for much “pampering” time, so I booked myself an Elemis facial with the lovely Rachael in the Halcyon Spa. The spa is gorgeous; you can choose from many wonderful treatments, exercise in the gym, swim, steam, sauna, etc. I chose not to exercise (apart from a little bit of discreet yoga, by the swimming pool) but all about choices here. The spa rooms are really well lit, and so clean and comfy; the staff are really helpful, you immediately feel more relaxed once you step into the spa suite.
I have been to a number of different spas over the years and not all of them have succeeded in creating this feeling. In fact, some are so clinical that they invoke the opposite effect. This is the 2nd time I have posted about Bishopstrow House. The hotel and spa industry is having a difficult time, along with everyone else at the moment, so to find a place that is still offering such a wonderful service (with a genuine smile), is worth sharing.
19 November 2011
In the first item they wrote "how wonderful yoga is for you". Item two said the opposite "yoga is not good for you". Item three mixes up yoga, Buddhism and Kabbalah and how many people are rushing off to India in search of enlightenment, and how much it's all costing us gullible Westerners.
The item then goes on to say Julia Roberts converted to Hinduism after appearing in Eat, Pray, Love; Demi Moore, Britney Spears and Madonna are all followers of Kabbalah; Tiger Woods said his Buddhist Faith would help him recover from sex scandals; Steven Segal announced in 1997 that he was the reincarnation of a Buddhist lama...
Is the Times therefore using the above statements to reassure us that the collection above are on the crowded road to enlightenment? Or purely filling their newspaper with any old bullshit?
18 November 2011
Some day you will die.
Lying on your sick bed about to breathe your last, you will be assailed by every kind of pain,
Your mind will be filled with fears and anxieties and you will not know where to go or what to do, Only then you will realize you have not practiced well.
The skandhas/aggregates (matter, sensations, conceptions, impulses and consciousness) and the four elements in you will quickly disintegrate, and your consciousness will be pulled wherever your ancient, twisted karma leads it.
Impermanence does not hesitate.
Death will not wait.
You will not be able to extend you life by even a second.
How many thousands times more will you have to pass through the gates of birth and death.
If these words are challenging, even insulting, let them be an encouragement for you to change Practice heroically.
Do not accumulate unnecessary possessions.
Don't give up. Still your mind, end wrong perceptions, concentrate and do not run after the objects of your senses. Practice diligently. Be determined not to let your days and months pass by wastefully.
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|Supta Padangusthasana (Reclining hand-to-big-toe pose) - © Yoga Mama|
Yoga pose of the day: Supta Padangusthasana, otherwise known as the Reclining hand-to-big-toe pose.
10 November 2011
Anger and hatred are two of our closest friends.
When I was young I had quite a close relationship with anger.
Then eventually I found a lot of disagreement with anger. By using common sense ,with the help of compassion and wisdom. I now have a more powerful argument with which to defeat anger.
08 November 2011
We have some great Pilates kit in one of our studios-I clearly don't know how to use it but doest stop me having a go... some things got to help move my stiff upper back alongside my yoga.
- 1 cup dried chickpeas, soaked in water for at least 8 hours
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tsp minced fresh ginger
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp ground tumeric
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper or crushed red dried chillies (or to taste)
- 2 tomatoes, chopped
- 3 tbsp red wine or cider vinegar
- 2 potatoes, peeled and diced into 1cm cubes
- 2 to 3 cups vegetable broth
- 1 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup yoghurt
- 2 tbsp fresh chopped fresh coriander
- Drain the chickpeas, cover in fresh water and boil for 1 1/2 hours or until soft but not mushy.
- Heat the 1 tbsp olive oil in a heavy saute pan over medium, add the ginger, cumin, turmeric, cinnamon stick, bay leaf and cayenne, stir for about 30 seconds.
- Add the tomatoes and stir in the vinegar and bring to a boil.
- Stir in the chickpeas, potatoes, 2 cups of vegetable stock, tomato paste and salt. Return to a boil, cover and simmer for about 15 to 20 minutes or until the potatoes are soft.
- Stir in the yoghurt until thoroughly mixed, simmer for a couple more minutes. Add chopped coriander, stir through and serve.
04 November 2011
. Tadasana (Mountain pose)
3. Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend)
6. Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog Pose)
8. Eka Pada Adho Mukha Svanasana Variation
13. Adho Mukha Svanasana
14. High Lunge
15. Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend)
16. Urdhva Hastasana (Upward Salute)
02 November 2011
The smile is a very important feature of the human face. But because of human intelligence ,even that good part of human nature can be used in the wrong way, such as sarcastic smiles or diplomatic smiles, which only serve to create suspicion. I feel that a genuine affectionate smile largely depends on ones own attitude.It is illogical to expect smiles from others if one does not smile oneself.
Therefore, one can see that many things depend on ones own behaviour.
01 November 2011
After a 12-week course of yoga, patients with long-term back pain reported less discomfort, performed better physically and were more confident in performing everyday tasks than those offered conventional GP care.
While improvements were most pronounced at three months, immediately after the yoga course, people who were assigned to the yoga group still had less pain a year after the start of the study.
David Torgerson, director of the Trials Unit at the University of York, said: "Doctors should be able to suggest yoga classes as an approach that could help."
The study, published today in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, assigned 156 patients to yoga classes and a control group of 157 patients to standard GP care. Those in the control group received a range of interventions, including mild pain relief medication, physiotherapy and advice to remain active and avoid heavy lifting. On average, members of the yoga group were able to undertake 30 per cent more activities compared with those in the usual care group after three months.
Lower back pain affects 80 per cent of the UK population at some point. It is estimated that about 4.9 million working days a year are lost to it, but few effective, evidence-based treatments exist.
The yoga programme, which involved 20 experienced yoga teachers, was designed by Alison Trewhela, from Truro, Cornwall, an Inyegar Yoga teacher and Senior Practitioner in Yoga on the British Register of Complementary Practitioners.
The classes were designed for complete beginners, with yoga teachers given extra training in back care. Participants were recruited from 39 general practices in seven Primary Care Trust areas, with classes held in non-NHS premises in Cornwall, North London, West London, Manchester and York.
Professor Alan Silman, medical director of Arthritis Research UK, said: "This trial is part of our larger commmitment to seek self-help solutions to this common musculoskeletal problem. There are compelling explanations why yoga may be helpful and this trial lends powerful support to the wider use of this approach."
Sue Faulkner, 68, from Bishopthorpe in York, who took part in the trial said that yoga had helped her to resume hobbies and a more active life.
"Walking around is no longer a problem and I can do my gardening now so long as I pace myself", she said. "I've even taken on an allotment with my daughter and son-in-law and no longer take painkillers."
Hannah Devlin, The Times, Tuesday 1st November 2011
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29 October 2011
Our experiences and feelings are mainly related to our bodies and minds. We know from our daily experiences that mental happiness is beneficial.For instance, through two people may face the same kind of tragedy, one person may face it more easily than the other due to his or her mental attitude.
27 October 2011
Rachel is running a yoga weekend at the beautiful Morley Old Hall in Norfolk in May 2012; all details listed below.
Made me smile to see cake is also available. All about the balance ;-)
Yoga Holiday in Norfolk, May 2012
Come and join us at Morley Old Hall, Wymondham (nr Norwich), Norfolk for 3 days (2 nights) of yoga, relaxation and delicious food!
The weekend will include:
- 5 yoga sessions + 2-3 meditation sessions
- One-to-one work during breaks (optional)
- bed, breakfast, lunch, dinner, all refreshments (dietary requirements catered for) and housekeeping (oh and cake of course!)
- Pick-ups from and to local station
- Plenty of chill-out time to read, write, go for walks or anything else you fancy doing
- For those of us who can't live without it, we'll even have free wi-fi!!
- All of the yoga sessions are multi-level and the holiday is suitable for beginners as well.
Price: £399 per person based on sharing an en-suite room with one other (single supplements available)
Early Bird price of £349 if paid in full before 31 December 2011.
Deposit: £100 to secure your place.
Contact for booking and further details:
T: 01223 479070/07985 779892
26 October 2011
I personally have never practised the coming to stand at the end of each vinyasa, but most of the breath counts are very familiar to me. Although I think it would be interesting to see how (and why) some of this has changed over the years.
Perhaps the new directer of the Ashtanga yoga institute (KPJAYI) in Mysore, Sharath Jois, who is continuing the lineage of ashtanga yoga (handed down from his grandfather Patthabi Jois), will revise this count sometime in the future?!
It is a great guide for anyone practising ashtanga yoga and a fantastic reference book for accurate breath in this wonderful system.
25 October 2011
24 October 2011
"Truth resides in the heart of every man.And it is there that he must seek it, in order to be guided by it so that, at the least, it will appear to him.But we do not have the right to force others to see the truth in our way."Mahatma Gandhi
22 October 2011
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18 October 2011
So my son has gone off to university, leaving a bit of a gap in our household.
Gone are the football boots strewn around the floor, the smoke alarm blaring when he cooks any food, late night worrying “is he home?”, the random chanting that he sometimes does, drum and base music blaring from the top of the house... This has been replaced with discussions on the telephone about his course, student life and the never changing topic “can I have some money?”
He did a marvellous job on Skype recently showing me his ribs and telling me all about his lack of nutritious food. So a quick online payment into his bank account settled this and - judging by his facebook status - this nutrition came via a Manchester night club. Little darling!
Looking forward to having his smiley home for a few days soon. (Oops, maybe we look a bit too happy in the photograph?!)
16 October 2011
Not only does Melvita have the most gorgeous range of organic products- they are fully active in community life in Putney-Pop along for a treat and to meet other mums and babies.
Melvita Putney – Unit 22 The Exchange Shopping Centre Putney High Street London SW15 1TW – Tel: 020 8704 1670