Fleeting

brief reminder

This morning I stopped swimming in order to de-fog my goggles.  As I kept myself afloat, I looked towards the horizon and contemplated the ephemeral nature of life. It is like a bubble on the surface of the ocean.  Or a rainbow.  Or a reflection of the moon in a lake. We think we have manyRead More

A Quiet Space

Quiet Symphony

The world is loud.  Myriads of instruments are heralding the onset of a national long weekend holiday. I go in search of a quiet space. Beneath the surface, I glimpse a distant place of refuge.  Almost immediately, the external fanfare transforms into a rhapsody of light.  Punctuated by discordant sounds of internal activity – the semitonesRead 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

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

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