31 July 2012
30 July 2012
A couple of photos from the Mens Olympic road race-These were taken on the way back to the finish line on the upper Richmond road in Putney. Seconds after this photograph was taken Alexandr Vinokourov of Kazakhstan made the break on Putney high street that enabled him to ultimately win the race.
Alexandr Vinokourov of Kazakhstan, ( in light blue)
Mark Cavendish & team GB
Despite team GB not winning a great day was had by all.
Posted by Yoga Mama at 09:00
29 July 2012
Bakasana or crow pose can be quite daunting for many people-I will sometimes offer the option of putting a blanket or cushion on the floor in front of you, to give the illusion of the floor being closer ( and remove some of the fear of falling)...as with any prop you will have to let go of it at some point & in my experience once a student has felt the where the balance is, and what needs to be engaged ( shoulders, bandhas etc) they are happy to remove the prop.
28 July 2012
I had a great view of the Mens road race on the first day of The London Olympic games.
I had my camera on a sports setting as these riders are moving fast :-)
Looks to me like team GB are leading the Olympic peloton and Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins can be seen here in the front row-as they head out of Putney towards the Surrey hills.
27 July 2012
Im reading this wonderful book " Comfortable with uncertainty 108 teachings" by Pema Chodron.
In the past few weeks many things have happened that have have turned things upside down for me...
A friend decided he could no longer deal with this world and took his own life.
My brother in law was given four months to live because of an in operable brain tumour.
I was presented with a "huge" financial bill.
My son was randomly attacked by a group, hit over the head with a bottle and kicked to the floor, as people walked on by and did nothing.
To say I have felt angry with the resent events would be an understatement-but it is what to do with this anger, and the feelings of uncertainty that is key...
This book has been really helpful ( along with talking to some trusted friends)and taking "time out" to meditate to quieten the mind. I am not a Buddhist, but I find these Buddhist teachings show me a way to experience the darker side of life ( which is of course part of life), with greater compassion and acceptance.
" Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity"
26 July 2012
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09 July 2012
Great photo of Daniel from Yogapod in Wiltshire...This photo was taken at Nancy Gilgoffs Wiltshire workshops. Visit Yogapod to see Daniel and Olivia's Ashtanga yoga classes in the area
08 July 2012
It has been more than a week since we hosted the amazing Ashtanga yoga teacher Nancy Gilgoffs workshops here in Putney. It was such a great honour for me to spend some time with my teacher on a personal level, and also on a professional level as an assistant .
Students came from far and wide and with mixed abilities-Some half way through primary series and some practising third series-The magic of this practise is that where ever you are in your yoga practise the person on the mat next to you, is on the same journey-and the bond felt by the yoga community is a very strong one.
Nancy, as ever was inspirational both on and off the mat. The photos tell the story better than I can