Restorative Yoga

Yoga Chitta Vritti Nirodhah. Yoga is that which stills the mind. And with a still and quiet mind we can dwell, even in this world, in peace. There are a multitude of yoga styles, classes, teachers and ways of practicing out there, all with one united goal, to calm the drunken monkey of our minds, (or the chimpanzee in the cappuccino cafe).

Which style of yoga?


So, you’ve been thinking for a while that you’d like to try out this yoga thing that everyone else seems to be doing and talking about. You’ve finally made your intention to give it a go: you go online to look for a class and.... whoa, hang on a minute, there are over ten different types of yoga to choose from here. Some of them have got funny Indian sounding names and you’ve no idea which one to choose or what you may be getting into. Will you be sat around burning incense and listening to Ravi Shankar or will you be locked in a heated room at 36 °C, being subjected to rigorous physical exercise? Read More...

Developing a daily practice: part two


At last, the spring is on its way and, with it, the best time of the year to undertake or renew a regular home practice. Although commencing a daily practice can initially be challenging, once it has become a regular part of the day’s routine, it will become an incredible source of peace, strength, guidance and inspiration. Read More...

Developing a daily practice: part one


I often get asked by yoga students for advice on how to develop a regular home practice. So in this two part blog, I will first be offering some thoughts on daily practice and then: in the second instalment, practical advice on how to begin a regular routine. Read More...

Origins of modern yoga


I recently attended a study day at Heythrop college in London entitled ‘What is modern yoga?’ The day was hosted by the ‘Hindu & Christian Forum’ and featured presentations from leading experts in the field, including Dr Suzanne Newcombe and yogi scholar James Mallinson (translator of Gheranda Samhita and Shiva Samita.) The following essay is based on notes I made that day. A lot of information to get down and condense into one article: 2000 years of yoga history in fact, but here goes: Read More...

A few thoughts on yoga mats


Whilst this post may not lead you directly towards samadhi or enlightenment, it may however save you a few quid when you come to purchase a new mat.

As a yoga teacher, I go through quite a lot of yoga mats. When using a mat to teach on as well as regular practice, it soon gets quite bit of wear and tear. Over the last 10 years, I’ve experimented with a range of products, from ultra cheap mats from TKMax right through to the luxurious so called ‘professional’ mats at the top end of the market. On the basis of this experience, I thought I may be able to help other folks navigate their way through the myriad choices on the market today. Before I do that, perhaps a bit of history on the yoga mat may help. Read More...

Yoga and vegetarianism


Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances of survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.”
Albert Einstein

Our natural instinct is to be healthy and yoga practice helps us to tune in to that instinct. Yoga helps us to cultivate harmony and balance in every aspect of our lives, including diet.

Because its not just about asana..

In the last twenty years there has been an explosion of yoga in our society. The physical practices of the Hatha lineage have been embraced by a new generation of yogis and yoginis. Modern yoga is often characterised by an emphasis on postures and breathing techniques. Once we begin this practice regularly, we soon discover something much deeper than physical exercises alone. The practice of asana, (postures) when approached with awareness, creates the right conditions for self-enquiry. Read More...