Winds of Change

Winds of Change

In 2016, I wrote 50 posts.  If you click on the ‘all posts’ tab, you will see that now a token 10 remain for that year. Where have all the other posts gone?  The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind.  The winds of change. For those of you who read ‘Driving With Gratitude’, youRead More

2016 Rolls Out

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Today is the final day of 2016.  Usually as we sit on the cusp of a new year, there’s a bit of reflecting on the year that has just passed.  Please remember that when you do this, it’s not particularly helpful to analyse the pants off the whole year.  You can re-live/regurgitate/recall as much as youRead More

Driving With Gratitude

Driven to thanks

As a water-loving, active yogi, long distance road trips are not on my bucket list.   Not that I have a bucket list.  But if I did have such a list, sitting in a driver’s seat for several hours a day, for several consecutive days, would not be a feature. However, due to a series ofRead More

Open Your Heart

War and Peace

The following are words from His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama: Inner disarmament, external disarmament; these must go together, you see.  Peace is not just mere absence of violence – genuine peace must start in each individual heart. Yes.  Peace must start in each individual heart.  To encourage this, we must open our hearts and takeRead More

Mixing Bowl of Life

Amongst friends, family and strangers there have been difficult times lately- sickness, relationship struggles, surgery, loss, disease, emotional upheaval.  And there have been happy times too – weddings, births, business successes, adventures. This is life.  It’s a mixing bowl of ingredients – some tasty, some unpalatable. Whether you are facing tough challenges, whether you are bouncingRead More

Mindfulness and Rose-Tinted Glasses

At the risk of disappointing any readers that may be following my musings here, I have an announcement. Mindfulness practice alone will not make everything around you smell of roses. If you practise mindfulness meditation diligently and consistently, you will improve your ability to stay in the present.  Mental wanderings into the past or future willRead More

Yoga and Simplicity

I mentioned in my previous post that ‘Relationships’ and ‘Simplicity’ sum up my experience of studying yoga therapy in India with T.K.V. Desikachar.  I discussed the relevance of relationships.  Now I will write a little about simplicity. Firstly, let me please remind you that I am a lifelong fan of simplicity.  You can see in myRead More

Yoga and Relationships

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One of the most valuable teacher training courses I ever attended was at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram (KYM) in Chennai, India.  There I received yoga therapy wisdom from T.K.V. Desikachar and his fellow teachers.  If I had to summarise this Indian experience in two words I would say ‘Relationships’ and ‘Simplicity’. I’ll discuss the simplicity sideRead More

Yoga à la Pooh Bear

In our western world, yoga has clearly shaken its ‘for hippies only’ image.  It has well and truly joined the mainstream brigade.  It has even been fused with other activities, showcased as a physical contest, spawned an industry of jazzy clothing and created legal cases related to patenting of postures. Today I feel inclined to provideRead More

Riding the Waves of Life

When I’m swimming in the ocean, I never move in a perfectly straight line.  It’s open water.  There are no lane ropes constraining me.  And I’m at the mercy of the swell and tides.  I may have a destination in mind but the route I actually take to reach this destination is often determined by whatRead More