31 July 2012

Pose of day;Bhekasana

nancy gilgoff Ashtanga yoga Putney london

“Exploring the art of Pilates” workshop.


Pilates Master Class Saturday August 18th at 9am Come and join Pilates expert Liz Smith for a 90 minute workshop. This workshop will enable you to explore and deepen your understanding of Pilates. The workshop is suitable for all except those who have not attended a Pilates class before. The Putney clinic of physical therapy. 266 Upper Richmond road. Putney Cost £20 Booking essential. info@putneyclinic.co.uk 0208 789 3881

30 July 2012

Olympic cycling gold medallist Alexandr Vinokourov



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.




29 July 2012

Bakasana or Crow pose tip


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

Olympic games come to Putney-Mark Cavendish & Bradley Wiggins



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

Comfortable with uncertainty & the darker side of life


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"
Pema Chodron



26 July 2012

How to stay cool in the London sun.



Its a dogs life......my dog has it sussed.

11 July 2012

Welcome to my world...London life

Welcome to my world....a brief tour of Putney and our clinic & yoga studio in action...come visit sometime.

09 July 2012

Mayurasana





Ashtanga yoga Wiltshire

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
 http://www.yogapod.co.uk

08 July 2012

Nancy Gilgoffs inspirational ashtanga workshops London


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































03 July 2012

Benefits of baby massage


We ran a baby massage taster class today-here is some information and some beautiful babies (and mums) The benefits of baby massage • Massage is the most natural and instinctive form of caring for the baby. The new-born baby experiences the world through his senses, such as touch, smell, taste, sound and vision. These senses are developing gradually, but from the moment of birth the baby already understands the language of touch. • Massage helps to create a unique bond between the parents and the baby. • Gives confidence for first time parents. • Relaxes both the baby and the mother/father. • Mothers who suffer from post-natal depression feel more positive when they experience their baby’s response to the massage. • Massage helps parents to be aware of their baby’s body and the developmental changes they going through. • Regularly massaged babies develop their motor skills quickly. • The general benefits of massage, such as improved circulation, healthy skin, strong immune system, applies to the baby massage as well. • As the baby relaxes during the massage his muscles relax which in return can help easing colic pain and constipation. Baby massage is highly therapeutic. It can help with several ailments throughout early childhood.