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Guru Samsung

So my new mobile phone here in India is called "Guru Samsung"! This made me laugh a lot. No need to get up at 5am to practice yoga, read ancient texts, chanting, meditating etc... Just get yourself a guru in the form of a mobile phone ;)





Home Sweet Home Mysore... what's changed?

So I have finally arrived in Mysore after an EPIC journey (both physically and metaphorically).
I have the same room in the same apartment and practising yoga in the same shala with the same teacher as I did 11 months ago. A lot has happened in those months but especially in the past few weeks.
When I registered at the shala I mentioned to Sharath that I have a healing wound in my chest. He gave me a reasonable time slot and told me to "take it easy". First two days of practice were on the stage. When placed here last year I was terrified. Having been through bigger issues since, I really didn't bat an eyelid -What's changed? I have Gratitude!






Chandos House - beautiful hotel in London

Last weekend my husband and I decided to have a "mini break" and go and stay in a hotel.
We didn't have a weekend to spare and didn't want to drive far, so we booked into this beautiful central London hotel called "Chandos House".

Chandos house is a beautiful grade 1 listed town house, situated between Portland Place and Oxford Circus in central London. Its a small 17 bedroom hotel and a real hidden gem. It has lots of function rooms and is often used for medical conferences. It would make a stunning wedding venue for a London bride.

You will not find this hotel advertised in many places, so if you're looking for a night in town, contact them early. To book http://www.chandoshouse.co.uk/contact-us.aspx

Yoga Dog

Phew! That was a hot and sweaty yoga practise... Better get me some coconut drink.

Heathrow airport terminal 5 snow chaos

So I should be sunning myself in India right now, but because London had some snow I am still waiting to start my journey.


Yes, I was one of the many sat on the tarmac at terminal 5 for 7 hours on Friday waiting to be de-iced, blow dried and all the other scenarios we were told were happening to the plane. British Airways had looked after me when boarding the plane, and had allocated me two seats to myself (as I am recovering from a medical procedure). Having had the week from hell and not being able to control the outcome, sitting on this flight was fairly minor in the greater scheme of things.



I understand we have no control over the weather but many European cities deal with snow on a daily basis, so I don't understand why an airport as large as this one gets it so wrong.

We were shipped off the plane and left to our own devices. There was no information whatsoever. After waiting a couple of hours for my baggage, I overheard someone say "no more bags will be coming out&qu…

Nancy Gilgoff - London yoga workshops 2013

3-day workshop with Nancy Gilgoff: 25th - 27th June 2013
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. Her studies have led her to the dharma teachings of the Dalai Lama and the expression of love and compassion for all beings. We are honoured to host Nancy's only workshops in London this year.

Programme:
Tuesday 25th June: 8:30am - 11:30am - Led class followed by Q & A and examining the breath in the practiceWednesday 26th June: 8.3:am - 11:30 - Mysore style practice followed by Q & A and meditationThursday 27th June: 8:30am - Mysore style practice only
Nancy has requested you attend all three sessions wherever possible.


Venue:
The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy.
2nd floor, 266 Upper Richmond Road,
Putney
London SW15 6TQ.

Cost:
Day 1: £40Day 2: £40Day 3: £25

Nancy Gilgoff 2013 ashtanga yoga schedule

Nancy Gilgoff 2013 Teaching and Travel Schedule Maui Mainland USA
Europe Canada Japan




MAUI, HI 1 JAN- 22 FEB
USA
28 FEB - 3 MARCH SAN DIEGO, CA Ashtanga Yoga Confluence
contact: www.ashtangayogaconfluence.com

8-11 MARCH MT VIEW, CA Intermediate practitioner's clinic
contact: annefinstad@gmail.com

MAUI, HAWAII 7 APRIL - 9 MAY
EUROPE MAINLAND
18-19 MAY BERLIN
contact: info@ashtangastudio.de

20-24, 26-30 MAY BERLIN Mysore Practice
contact: hyz0@hotmail.com This week is for a limited number of practitioners. Previous study with Nancy is required to participate.

1-2 JUNE PRAGUE
contact: ashtanga.cz@gmail.com

8-9 JUNE EINDHOVEN
contact: info@yogashop.nl

11-13 JUNE EINDHOVEN
Intermediate Practitioner's Clinic
contact: info@yogashop.nl

15-16 JUNE BRUSSELS
contact: francesca.rosso@voo.be www.theashtangaspace.com

ENGLAND
22-23 JUNE GLASTONBURY, UK
contact: jane@ashtangavinyasayoga.co.uk

25-27 JUNE PUTNEY LONDON, UK
contact: info@yogamama.co.uk           YogamamaLondon

NOVA SCOTIA, CANADA
29 JUNE-5 JULY SHOBAC, NOVA SCO…

A Remarkable Man

On Friday the 4th of January, I attended the celebratory funeral service of a truly "remarkable" man. An academic scholar, who spoke 5 languages, and was awarded many accolades for his services both in the UK and abroad. At 81 he swam and windsurfed and indeed had the greatest enthusiasm and passion for life of anyone I have ever met (except for his wife).

All of these things mentioned would be fantastic things to be remembered by; but for me I will remember him for the following:
His compassionHis humilityHis love for his familyHis interest in everyone's lifeHis love of art and operaHis acceptance of all beingsHis ability to encourage his children and grandchildren to be who they wanted to beHis large gin and tonics and his passion for cooking We visited him in hospital a week before he died and - despite being very unwell - he was surrounded by his children and grandchildren and when one of them asked "what does namaste mean?", he knew the answer but was too …

Lift Up with Straight Legs into Headstand with Kino

This a great tip from Kino. I gave it a go and it worked like magic. I will definitely share it with my students.

Words of wisdom: when times are hard.

A beautiful saying for when times are difficult:

"Bear patiently, my heart, for you have suffered heavier things"
Homer