Arrivals & Departures

arrivals and departures

At this transition into a new season, I take a moment to contemplate beginnings and endings. The moon arrives as sunlight departs. A flower delights all then withers into non-existence. Inhalation ends. Exhalation begins. Friends come and go. We ourselves come and go.  Bustling between home and work and shops and amusements. Birthdays, graduations, celebrations, promotions,Read 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

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

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