29 March 2013

Aparigraha with David Swenson. Ashtanga Yoga Confluence 2013

Another great clip from the Ashtanga yoga confluence 2013. David Swenson shares his understanding of Aparigraha. I love his fun story telling approach!
Thank you to Amanda Manfredi


21 March 2013

The Jungle Physicians - Conversations With Guruji

I love all the stories here! Such a wonderful insight to Pattabhi Jois-what a great sense of humour he had. I think Sharath has learnt a lot from his grandfather in all areas. I've seen him cut people down in conference when he thinks they have asked a stupid question.

Thank you to Amanda Manfredi·

20 March 2013

19 March 2013

Ashtanga Yoga with Greg Nardi - StillPoint Yoga London

If you're looking for an Ashtanga yoga workshop this weekend 23/24 March 2013, this looks like a good one to try. I've heard great things about Greg Nardi and am hoping to get along to some (if not all) of these workshops myself. StillPoint Yoga London is a beautiful space in the heart of London. to book go to www.stillpointyogalondon.com

                                                   Stillpoint Yoga London

Saturday 23rd March 2013

10:00 -12:00

Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series Led Practice – £20

14:00 – 16:30

Mindful Ashtanga Workshop – £30

Pattabhi Jois often talked about the importance of mental training in Yoga and how the asanas will lead to a strong mind as well as a strong body. This workshop will look at the practice of ashtanga yoga as a mindfulness technique. We will explore how the right attitude and focus are key to fulfilling the deeper wisdom of yoga. The body is transformed into a vehicle for our awareness and transforms the practice from physical exercise to moving meditation. Please bring a mat and practice clothes.

Sunday 24th March 2013

10:00 -12:00

Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series Led Practice – £20

14:00 – 16:30

Essential Ashtanga Workshop – £30

Through practice and discussion, in this workshop we will explore the interconnectedness of the whole body. This workshop is sophisticated enough for all level of practitioner to benefit. We will focus on awareness and understanding to find grace, rather than physical vigor. This will create the context for your effort in daily practice to bear the most fruit.
We will explore the relationship between the axial and appendicular skeleton, the muscles of respiration, and the movements of the spine to create a matrix that will help you understand how alignment, breath and movement harmonize to form the basis for vinyasa, the foundation of the ashtanga yoga practice.

Price for one day – £45

Price for the whole weekend – £90

photo-1Greg Nardi has spent many years of dedicated practice under the guidance of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India. In 2003 he was given authorization to teach from Pattabhi Jois, and in 2009, he completed a level 2 authorization course from Sharath Jois. He is currently learning the advanced series under Sharath’s guidance at the KPJAYI.
Greg perpetually studies and practices Yoga, Eastern philosophy and Sanskrit mantra chanting. He participates in Georg Feuerstein’s Traditional Yoga Studies course and has studied with Vyaas Houston of the American Sanskrit Institute.
Greg founded Ashtanga Yoga Worldwide, a resource which strives to explore the traditions that give rise to modern Yoga methods; to maintain the Ashtanga Yoga system as taught by Pattabhi Jois; and to make these traditions and methods intelligible to the Western practitioner.
Greg also teaches the yoga philosophy module on John & Lucy Scott’s Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training course.

18 March 2013

Inspiring Female athlete Chrissie Wellington

               Cherie Lathey,  Clive Lathey,  Chrissie Wellington,  Doctor Courtney Kipps 

We had a day of talks and treatments at The Putney clinic of physical therapy on Saturday. Our main speaker of the day - was the four times world champion Ironman Chrissie Wellington.

What an amazing inspirational speaker she is...and a fantastic role model for young women.
 Her book "life without limits" is well worth a read. I don't need to relate everything I write here to yoga, but some of Chrissie experiences really resonated with me...Obviously I have not achieved the magnificent world titles, but I have worked through pain and fear in my ashtanga yoga practice (and in life)....
Chrissie described pain in the body shifting as she embarked on triathlons and Ironman events..IE.a pain that starts in the shoulder as you embark on your event ( or on your mat), can disappear along the way only to relocate to another part of the body..this is where the training of the mind plays such an important role...limiting ourselves can hold us back from our true potential-read the book or try and get along to one of Chrissies talks, and practice her mantra "never give up" a life without limits.

Front Cover
Center Street15 May 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages
In 2007, Chrissie Wellington shocked the triathlon world by winning the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii. As a newcomer to the sport and a complete unknown to the press, Chrissie's win shook up the sport. A LIFE WITHOUT LIMITS is the story of her rise to the top, a journey that has taken her around the world, from a childhood in England, to the mountains of Nepal, to the oceans of New Zealand, and the trails of Argentina, and first across the finish line.

Wellington's first-hand, inspiring story includes all the incredible challenges she has faced--from anorexia to near--drowning to training with a controversial coach. But to Wellington, the drama of the sports also presents an opportunity to use sports to improve people's lives.

A LIFE WITHOUT LIMITS reveals the heart behind Wellington's success, along with the diet, training and motivational techniques that keep her going through one of the world's most grueling events.
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10 March 2013

88 Years Young-Dance on Granny.

The most fantastic video... I want to be like this when I'm her age... and my daughter says I will be (especially the bit at the VERY end). :-)

05 March 2013

Sharath Jois in London 2013

Sharath Jois will be in London teaching a week of primary and intermediate ashtanga yoga
From 25th-30th of August- in a central London location.
Booking for this will open mid May.
Through http://www.astangayogalondon.com/index2.cfm

A rare and wonderful treat to have Sharath in my home town-A big thank you to Hamish Hendry and ashtanga yoga London for organising this.

Going to have to set an alarm on my phone- as there will be a lot of takers for this....

04 March 2013

Mysore, Sharath Jois & me....

There is so much to talk about about my recent trip to Mysore- but as I am still tying to assimilate the experience, I think a photo is the way to go.This photo was taken at the end of my last conference day-I dug up the courage to ask Sharath a question ( anyone who has been to his conferences will know its a teeny bit scary :-))...again I may share this and the response in another posting.
I will say that Sharath is a kind and gentle man- who has truly given his life over to sharing Ashtanga yoga

03 March 2013


Wherever you are in the world, get ready to roll your mats out on 9th March 2013 for YOGA STOPS TRAFFICK, a worldwide yoga event to raise awareness about human trafficking. Last year YST brought together 3,000 people in 38 countries, 95 yoga studios, parks, homes, beaches and mountaintops around the world. With your help we raised over £30,000 for Indian organization Odanadi Seva Trust, to give survivors of human trafficking the chance of a better future.
Following on from the huge success of last year, we ask you to join us once again to take a stand against human trafficking: all you need is your yoga mat! Discover how you can get involved, and about the incredible work being done by Odanadi. To find out here how the money raised from Yoga Stops Traffick will be spent visit www.odanadi-uk.org or to find out how to make a donation.
Please go to the website above to join in.
If your currently in Mysore India the event will take place at the Mysore Palace: contact isabellanitschke.com for tickets.