Showing posts with label John Scott. Show all posts
Showing posts with label John Scott. Show all posts

03 April 2013

Stillpoint Yoga London Mini Documentary

A lovely short film from Stillpoint yoga in London Bridge. It shows you can find peace and tranquilly in the middle of this great city. I have had the pleasure of practising yoga in this space recently. It is a beautiful "understated" yoga space where Scott and his colleagues are sharing  Ashtanga yoga without the hype. Go and see for yourself!

29 December 2012

Ashtanga yoga charity classes with John & Lucy Scott

Calling all you London yogis. Last chance to join in these charity classes at STILLPOINT YOGA LONDON tomorrow (Sunday 30th of December). Get to practise with senior Ashtanga yoga teachers, whilst raising money for a wonderful charity Centrepoint and remembering a member of the yoga community sadly no longer with us. Only a few places remaining so book your space here.

A day of charity yoga classes with John and Lucy Scott


In memory of Ozge Karabiyik

Raising awareness of Centrepoint, helping London's young and homeless

Sunday 30th December 2012

John and Lucy will be teaching 2 classes on a donation basis (minimum £10) and all proceeds will be passed on to Centrepoint, John and Lucy's favourite homeless charity. 

There will be 2 classes on the day, both being a Sanskrit counted led Ashtanga Yoga primary series. The times of these classes are:
  • 1st Class: 10:00am - 12:00pm
  • 2nd Class: 13:00pm - 15:00pm 
We are looking to get as many people as we can to take these classes (if some of you are feeling brave you can even do both...) to raise as much as we can for this worthwhile cause. 

(Please note: we will be taking payment on the day, so if you do book, please do attend the class) 

11 September 2011

Is Ashtanga yoga addictive?

I am rereading Guruji: A Portrait of Sri K Patthabi Jois and have come across an item written by Ashtanga teacher John Scott in which he was asked:

Do you think ashtanga yoga attracts a particular kind of person?

"I think it definitely attracts people who have an obsessive nature or an addictive nature I think the practice itself can be addictive, which is so clever. So anyone who has had a drug habit, for example, is perfect because you can swap one addiction for the yoga practice addiction. Now when you start working with the addiction of yoga, the not doing the yoga is a yoga in itself".

John goes on to say that for 5 years he practised every day and didn't want to miss a day. He says he was addicted and scared to "not do it for fear of letting it go". He also goes onto say how he feels Patthabi Jois understood this and put in full and dark moon days/rest days to give us an opportunity not to practice, "so people with obsessive natures are also challenged within the practice, to let go of the practice".

I found this a fascinating insight into to how the series is made up in a way to address some of the above issues. Of course, in the great scheme of things, having an addiction to yoga, is better than having an addiction to heroin or the likes; but addiction to anything holds us back.

By having a regular mindful yoga practice and adhering as best as you can to the roots of the practice, you can embrace the changes that your yoga will bring and break down patterns that no longer work for you. This of course takes time and is what yoga is about. There is no fast track or quick fix with yoga, which is why having a teacher who has practised themselves for many years is very important to me. Staying close to the Ashtanga linage enables me to see the changes in my life and in the way I practice yoga.

Thank you to John Scott for sharing how it was for him in the early days. This resonated with me.

Gurui: A portrait of Sri K Pattabhi Jois
John Scott full item page 356

04 September 2009

Video Friday: Ashtanga Yoga - The Primary Series with John Scott

Here is another yoga video that I have come across on Youtube. It is a great demonstration of the Ashtanga yoga primary series featuring John Scott. Enjoy!