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If you're plastic, don't walk here... India

Ashtanga yoga and injuries

I have not been blogging much recently, partly because of this...



I am currently working a really modified ashtanga yoga asana practice, which allows a bit more room for seated pranayama. I will be off to Mysore next week and my experience with Sharath while injured has only ever been positive. Learning to work with a body that is more than half a century old (that is female and hormonally changing), is certainly bringing up stuff, but I am more accepting of this than I have ever been. Yoga is teaching me that!

My Christmas in photos. Happy New Year!

So here we go... 2014 has now begun! After a wonderful family holiday in the sunshine I feel refreshed and ready for what 2014 may bring. Here are a few photos of how I did a bit of spiritual banking without a single Christmas meal in site.

My pregnancy yoga teacher training starts on Friday the 3rd of January and ends on the 19th. I leave for Mysore on the 22nd, so an action packed start to the New Year.

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy 2014!











Saint Maarten  & Anguilla 

Nancy Gilgoffs London Ashtanga yoga workshops...Humility.

Ive had a wonderful week with Nancy- she came and taught three days of workshops in my studio here in Putney. We had a great time together and I was honoured to have been her assistant during the three days of practice.
We talked about all sorts of things: from the teachings of the Dali lama, discussing ( and practising) pranayama, and even watched a fair amount of the Wimbledon tennis together. I heard lots of stories about guruji and his family, and the early days in Mysore. I feel I have learnt a lot from her on this trip and none of this was about asana.
I have a real sense at the moment that the more I know, the less I know.....this yoga is a lifetime journey and I have only scratched the surface.

Here are some photos.....

















Suryanamaskara B, Led Intermediate Class, Mysore, India

Always good to hear Sharath count the led class.

Thank you toGovinda Kai for sharing.

Digital Drishti, Mysore, India

Lovely video clip by these yogis in production. Saw a number of familiar faces from this years trip to Mysore in here :-)

Astanga Yoga Anusthana, Sharath Jois

I'm lucky enough to have a copy of the Sharath Jois book filtering its way out of Mysore. It is a beautiful simple book with some fabulous images like the ones above, displaying the humility and parampara shared between Guruji and Sharath. Parampara "the uninterrupted succession: the direct and unbroken transmission of knowledge from a teacher to his or her student"

The book gives all asana (poses) with the sanskrit count and offers a few asana for therapy, including respiratory problems and back pain. Interestingly for me, the poses for back pain are amongst some things my husband will give his patients, when he is treating them for back issues.

There is a short pranayama Nadhi Shodan which I take to mean you can practice this technique whilst doing primary series (this book is only primary series); not only once you have gotten through 3rd series, as I have seen recommended recently.

There are beautiful mantras and clear definitions on Sharath interpretation of the Ya…

Guruji 90th birthday celebrations Mysore

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

YOGA STOPS TRAFFICK

Wherever you are in the world, get ready to roll your mats out on 9th March 2013for YOGA STOPS TRAFFICK, a worldwide yoga event to raise awareness about human trafficking. Last yearYSTbrought 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 …

Practice all is coming t-shirts

Loving the t-shits on sale in the shala at the moment. A few of them are going home in my suitcase.

Pimp my rickshaw

Well, I have been in many rickshaws; some plush, some not so plush. Here are a couple of varying rides...


This is the Rolls Royce of rickshaws



This one has taken the toilet mat for the front seat look (homely)

This one has gone for the Hawaiian adorned goddess look

This one has a very dodgy looking rickshaw driver... Give it a miss.



Tibetan Monks in Bylakuppe, India

Took a day trip from Gokulam in Mysore to the monastery in Bylakuppe yesterday.

Myself and some other yoga students took our life in our hands with a taxi ride that took a few hours (a taxi ride here is an experience in itself).

Bylakuppe is a beautiful, tranquil place and attracts people from all faiths. I saw Christian nuns, women clad in burqas and of course many Hindus.

There was a festival going on in the temple and I feel we were very lucky to have witnessed this.