30 March 2012

Mind and Breath connection.

According to the Hatha yoga Pradipika, "Both the mind and the breath are united together like milk and water and both of them are equal in their activities. The mind begins its activities where there is breath, and the prana begins its activities where there is the mind"

Hatha yoga Pradipika

25 March 2012

The Shala KPJAYI Mysore

There are signs all over the KPJAYI shala in Mysore saying no photographs-however on conference days this seems to not apply-hence this photo. A very special place indeed.

18 March 2012

Sharath Jois & me......

Sharath Jois Mysore

On my last day of conference at the KPJAYI shala one of my friends snapped this photo of myself and Sharath...Shame I hadn't brushed my hair...but hey story of my life.
 Sharath is a wonderful intuitive teacher and nothing passes his watchful gaze ( even when you think he hasn't noticed something, he usually has).

A couple of days into my stay in Mysore, Sharath said to me on a Monday " Wednesday you drop back " I said nothing but thought " I dont think so".  I have avoided drop backs since I took up Ashtanga yoga many moons ago, and whilst I had not mentioned this to Sharath, he just seems to know where you need some assistance  ....
Wednesday I turn up, go through my practise and just when I think I can finish my back bends and clear off-he shows up on my mat (no idea how he remembers, with so many people in the room) and says " you drop back". The look of terror must have been on my face as he whispered "don't fear go back" DONT FEAR?
 I have feared this pose for a long time, but in that moment it disappeared and back I went-Yay!
 I would like to say that every time I went back from here in I felt the same, but this was not the case....Although on my last day in the shala I was practising on the stage ( for the 2nd day in a row) and Sharath assisted me in my drop backs...he laughed when I came up (Im not entirely sure why? possibly because I had raised my eyebrows in disbelief, when he had told me to get on the stage AGAIN), but it made me laugh too....Mysore was a fantastic experience for me 

17 March 2012

New job...Rickshaw driver Mysore India?

Not planning to give up my London life just yet-but this is a job I could possibly do-Rickshaw driving in Mysore India.
Although I spent 5 weeks in Mysore I have no idea what the road rules are? (there don't appear to be  any, as far as I could see). I do know they drive on the same side of the road as we do in the UK and that you must not injure the cows that hang out in the middle of the road.

You may also come across the odd herd of goats

Blissed out yoga students

And Monkeys eyeing up motor bikes for a spot of Joy riding.

I think a rickshaw driver must be fairly entertained by the influx of yoga students that pass through Mysore during the season-Especially when they are asked to be taken to "magic school",  "you know like Harry Potter" -when in fact its "mystic school" and not a Harry Potter in sight....I reckon your day would be fairly interesting, and definitely one that requires nerves of steel, and a good knowledge of shops ....thinking about it again I don't think I'm up to this post :-) 

10 March 2012

The Eight Limbs of Ashtanga Yoga-Ashtanga confluence

This video is just fabulous-Thank you to the person who posted it. How wonderful to have all this information, from all these amazing first generation Ashtangi-So much shared knowledge and wisdom and not an asana in sight. 

08 March 2012

Yoga is the stilling of the mind

"Yoga is the stilling of the mind. Only then when the mind is still abides the seer in its true nature"

Sutra 1.3 Patanjali 

07 March 2012

Kony 2012 Invisible children

A powerful video- Retweet or post to make this Kony guy more public. Its up to you if you want to donate £$....the message is about these children being kidnapped and killed. 

Cupcake surprise.

I was working from home yesterday when the door bell went-I thought about not going to open it, as it would probably be someone trying to sell me manky tea-towels, at over the top prices. But no, a delightful gift box was handed to me by a delivery man, and inside were these.....Yeah!!!
I have never had a box of cupcakes sent to me as a gift-it really made me smile on what was a "grey old day". A great present to send someone....
As you can see I had to sample a few before I even thought about taking a photo-they were delicious.

A big thank you to @constantcontact for sending them and www.LOLAS-KITCHEN.co.uk for baking them.

05 March 2012

Nancy Gilgoff London Ashtanga Yoga workshops 2012

Nancy Gilgoff London Ashtanga Yoga workshops
26th-28th June 2012.

Nancy Gilgoff Yoga workshop 10

It is a great privilege for us to be hosting Nancy Gilgoffs only London yoga workshops.

Nancy is widely respected as one of the greatest pioneers of ashtanga yoga to the West. 
She was one of the first westerners to study ashtanga yoga, over 30 years ago with K.Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India. 
She is the director of Maui’s House of Yoga and Zen www.ashtangamaui.com. Her studies have led her to the dharma teachings of the Dalai Lama and the expression of love and compassion for all beings. 
Nancy travels throughout the US, Europe and Japan sharing her experience of yoga. We are very honoured to have her come and share her wisdom with us, on her rare trip to London.

Workshop dates and format.

Tuesday 26th June 8,30am -11.30am ; Led class followed by Q&A and examining the breath in the practise.
Wednesday 27th June 8.30am-11.30 ; Mysore style practise followed by Q&A and loving kindness meditation
Thursday. 8.30am- Mysore style practise only.

£40 1st day
 £40 2nd day
 £25 3rd day
£105  Early bird offer if all three days booked together and booked before the 31st of March £95.00. To request a booking form contact info@yogamama.co.uk

Nancy has requested you attend all three sessions where ever possible.
Venue The Putney clinic of physical therapy.
2nd floor  266 upper Richmond road, Putney London SW15 6TQ.

For venue location www.putneyclinic.co.uk