Cultural Appropriation Part 2: Emerika

blogEntryTopper“The wrongs of our past have resurfaced
Despite all we did to vanquish the traces
My very language is tainted
With all that we stole to replace it, with this.
Europe is lost
America … lost.”
- Kate TempestContinue reading
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Cultural Appropriation Part 1: India

blogEntryTopperTrimbakeshwar, Nasik 4th Jan 2017 - 3am

Its been ten years since I first visited this ashram which is located in a vast & beautiful valley, nestled amongst the sacred hills of Sahyadri. I first came here to train as a yoga teacher in 2007. I’d been practising yoga for about seven years and having been to India a few times before, I wanted to learn how to teach from an authentic school in India.Continue reading
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Yoga for Peace 2017

blogEntryTopperAfter a year off, Yoga for Peace Day returns once again this autumn. Yoga for Peace is a community fundraising event that celebrates peace and raises money for charities that support people affected by war. Continue reading
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World Yoga Festival

blogEntryTopperI have just returned from a lovely weekend away with my family at this year’s World Yoga Festival held at Beale Park, near Reading, UK. Continue reading
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Is it dangerous to practise yoga on the full moon?

blogEntryTopper"The moone is founde, by plaine experience, to beare her greatest stroke uppon the seas, likewise in all things that are moiste, and by consequence in the braines of man.” (C.16, Moon Lore)Continue reading
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Standardising the non-standard

blogEntryTopperA recent proposal to create a ‘National Occupational Standard’ (NOS) within the field of teaching yoga has ignited a wave controversy and debate within the UK yoga community..Continue reading
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Ashtanga Yoga and God

blogEntryTopper'From devotion to God, Samadhi is attained’ (YS 2.45 *)
In Patanjali’s sutra, the final stage of yoga is Samadhi - ‘clear perception.’ Patanjali outlines two methods by which to accomplish Samadhi:Continue reading
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The roots of postural yoga

blogEntryTopperModern Yoga is a composite hybrid of practices in which the somatic techniques of Hatha Yoga converge with the experiential philosophy of Patanjali’s Eight limbed path..Continue reading
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Fast food yoga - commodifying the sacred

blogEntryTopperIn recent years, a plethora of new 'yoga styles' have emerged. Many have extraordinary names such as: ‘Voga’, ‘Tequila Yoga’, ‘Playboy Yoga’, ‘Glow Yoga’, ‘Rage Yoga’, ‘Chocolate Yoga’, and ‘Baked Yoga’ (for stoners).Continue reading
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Yoga Korunta - unearthing an Ashtanga legend

blogEntryTopperA quest
There is an intriguing legend in the world of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. If you’ve never heard the story before, it usually goes something like this:Continue reading
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