30 August 2013

Sharath Jois London tour 2013. What a wonderful week!



What an honour it has been to be part of the ashtanga yoga community sharing a week of yoga with the wonderful Sharath Jois here in London.

Meeting new people, seeing familiar faces, and even practising next to my daughter on one occasion. Sharath was truly happy and shiny (which was very contagious)  and even taught a short pranayama at the end of the led primary class on two occasions (which I personally have never experienced with him before). He said that you could use this pranayama if you were stressed or angry... perhaps he thinks us Londoners need it! :-)

He laughed a lot. My daughter Cally had her hands apart in virabhadrasana 1 and I could hear him saying "close your hands" and knew he was talking to her. I reached over and pushed them together. He whispered to me "is she yours?" and laughed (he later said he thought we looked very similar). We were two in a very large group. I'm sure everyone in the room has taken a bit of "Sharath sunshine" with them into their lives. His ability to share and make everyone feel part of something special is amazing.

I'm truly grateful that he has picked up the baton and continues the linage handed down to him from his grandfather Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. I don't imagine these are easy shoes to fill, but Sharath looks like he is happily settling into them...

A big thank you to Ashtanga Yoga London for making this all possible. If you were skiving off work and don't want to appear in any photos please let me know and I will remove them :-)


My girl meets Sharath...


Smiley faces all round...











27 August 2013

Eka Pada Ibiza style


After a week of "super clubs" in Ibiza my son busts his version of Eka Pada in a "Trapstar" hat and "Nike Huarache" trainers. While the attire is pretty cool, it is not recommended with this yoga pose.   :-) 

11 August 2013

Guru To Go: A portrait of R. Sharath Jois.




A wonderful clip from Sharath's tour in Copenhagen. Hosted by Susanna and Jens at the Astanga Yoga Copenhagen. I have not seen the bowing to Sharath feet being done before. Thank you to Alessandro Sigismondi for sharing.

08 August 2013

Quote of the day: Rumi


"Out beyond ideas of wrong- doing and right-doing is a field. I'll meet you there." Rumi

07 August 2013

Niyama. Sauca - purity - Sharath Jois

From Sharath Jois Astanga Yoga Anusthana:  Sauca means maintaining both internal and external purity (antara sauca and bahir sauca, respectively) Thinking good positive thoughts will keep our mind pure. Likewise keeping our environment and person, clothes, body, belongings and surroundings clean and clear will also keep our vision clean and clear.

With purity of speech and thought, the mind will also be purified. Once the mind is purified then the atma (the soul) will be purified. This applies especially to the yoga practitioner, who should keep himself clean in respect to and in consideration for others, and also as an example to others. saucatsvangajugupsa parairasmsargah YS 2.40 From cleanliness, an aversion to one's own body and contact with the bodies of others develops.

02 August 2013

An inspirational yoga teacher Matthew Sanford. Please share his message.




A wonderful video clip of an inspirational man. I was moved and inspired by Matthew. He will be running workshops at Triyoga in London in September 2013. Matthew Sanford realising the inner body + adapting yoga for everyone: a weekend of workshops + two-day intensive Wednesday 11 - Sunday 15 September.