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.  I love to live simply. Read 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

Be an Upright Citizen

In my yoga teaching career the most common postural traits I see are hunched shoulders and a forward head position.  The most common complaints I hear are related to tension in upper back, neck and head. Here is a simple example from my work with many athletic clients: Me:  Please show me how you run. Client: Read More