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04Nov

Finding Balance

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“That virus completely floored me”

“I don’t know which way is up at the moment”

“I’m feeling all over the place”

When we talk about our physical, mental and emotional health it is not uncommon to hear people use phrases and words that refer to ‘balance’ – or rather being off balance.

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23Sep

‘What is ViniYoga?’

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‘What is ViniYoga?’

 

I teach a particular method of Yoga known as ViniYoga.

This word has been taken from the philosophical text, the Yoga Sutras – it means “the special application of Yoga”. In context, what this is referring to is Yoga as a process.

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03Aug

Hatha Yoga

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Hatha Yoga 

Over the past 20 years a myriad of different names for the many ways of approaching a Yoga practice have arisen. This plethora of titles has partly come about from the industrialisation of Yoga and partly to indicate that some styles differ from the most well known names in Yoga; Iyengar Yoga, Astanga Yoga and Hatha Yoga.

Most people with a bit of Yoga knowledge will be able to get a flavour of what to expect if they see a class with one of these names advertised. Iyengar Yoga will be precisely lined up postures with lots of stretching and holding the best shape you can, Astanga Yoga will be a class featuring salutation-style sequences with postures in between which are presented in a specific order and possess clearly defined parameters. Hatha Yoga is, well, it could be, a kind of gentle, soft class. It could be just Omming and breathing and maybe some stretches. What happens in a Hatha class will depend quite a lot on the character and personality of the teacher and the range of influences they have encountered on their journey.

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26Jul

Samyoga and the 8 limbs….

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[This was first published in our newsletter in the week after the ‘Brexit’ referendum….]

This week has found many of you feeling really out of sorts. The events of the past week have left many people feeling dismayed by the climate of uncertainty and its consequences- whichever way we chose to vote the effects of the election have affected most of us quite profoundly.

It is my job to teach the teachings of Yoga and to encourage you to practice.

The Yoga Sutras provide a comprehensive description of the entire Yoga system- defining what Yoga is and how to utilise its tools. The practice of Yoga, the entire tool box-is described in the Yoga Sutras as having 8 ‘limbs’. The Yoga Sutra style of presenting information features many lists, it is widely considered that the lists are not randomly presented but a degree of prioritization appears in these lists- the first thing on the list is usually the most important.

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13Feb

in memorandum- (first shared February 2015)

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This was written on 13/02/2015

My Teacher Alf

My teacher Alf passed away on Monday 9th February. I am sad and grieving and I know that this sadness is for myself and what I have lost, not for Alf who had an aggressive form of cancer which would be causing him to suffer greatly if he was still here. I saw him on his birthday on Friday last week and he was peaceful, smiling and unscattered.

A few Yoga students I know here in Cornwall got to meet Alf- (Alf came to the Yoga Centre in Truro in October 2013 and taught a workshop which he called ‘Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Bandhas’) however all of you if you have been to one of my classes will have been touched by his teaching because he taught me so many excellent practices which we use all the time. I am especially thinking of the really comprehensive shoulder mobilising exercise- impossible to draw using a stick man so on my lesson plans is simply referred to as ‘Alf’s ratedbrides.com shoulder sequence’.

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