Until recently, if someone had told me I was 'on the spectrum', I would have thought they were giving me a compliment about being colourful, vibrant...dare I say kaleidoscopic. I had never heard of this phrase before, and for me it conjures up images of a rainbow. Over the past several months, however, I have
Greetings from Brittany! Every August I aim to physically leave London and check out a new environment, to strip daily life down to the basics and renew an old interest, or to learn something new! This year I find myself for a few weeks in Brittany before flying off to see my dear teachers at
Focus Of The Month – August, 2017 bhaktyā tv ananyayā śakya aham evamvidho arjuna jñātum drashtum ca tattvena praveshtum ca paramtapa. Only by unalloyed devotion can one actually see and understand the form and reality of Krishna. Bhagavad Gita XI.54 The primordial nature is Shri Krishna. He is the supreme Being. Etymologically, krish means "being,"
Workshop July 16 2017 Indaba Yoga Studio 1:30-4:30pm Sunday July 16th The word yoga means two things: a practice and a state of being. Interestingly, while the state of being requires nothing except presence, the practices that lead to this state are limitless and dimensional, like an organic, matrixed framework that supports and sustains itself.
Focus Of The Month – July, 2017 Om purnam adah purnam idam purnat purnam udachyate purnasya purnam adaya purnam evavashishyate That is whole. This is whole. From the whole the whole becomes manifest. From the whole when the whole is negated, what remains is again the whole. ~Yajur Veda and the Isha Upanishad Yoga practices
Focus Of The Month – June, 2017 Yama-niyama-āsana-prāṇāyāma-pratyāhāra-dhāraṇā-dhyāna-samādhayo‘ṣṭāvaṅgāni. Restraint, Observance, Seat, Breath Control, Sense Withdrawal, Concentration, Mediation and Ecstasy are the eight limbs of Yoga. - Patanjali's Yoga Sutras II.29 In the practice of pratyahara, one of the eight limbs of Ashtanga Yoga, we draw the senses inward to bring attention to the inner world
The Ecology of Yoga Workshop July 16, 1:30-4:30pm Indaba Yoga Studio "Yoga is not for people who are interested in staying the same” -David Life All of life exists in delicate balance. There is a constant cycle of birth, life and death that involves a diverse complexity of relationship. When one species becomes too dominant,
Jivamukti Focus of the Month, May 2017 by April Dechagas yad-yad ācarati śreṣṭhas / tad-tadevetaro janaḥ / sa yat pramāṇaḿ kurute / lokas-tad-anuvartate A great person leads by example, setting standards that are followed by others all over the world. -Bhagavad Gita III.21 The streets of Calcutta were dangerous and dirty. Thousands were infected with
Focus Of The Month – April, 2017 nimittam aprayojakaṁ prakṛtīnāṁ varaṇa-bhedas tu tataḥ kṣetrikavat Causes do not put nature, Prakrti, into motion. They only remove the obstacles and coverings, like a farmer breaking down the barriers to let water flow in the field. The hindrances removed by the causes, Nature impenetrates by herself. Yoga Sutras
I spent last weekend looking (mainly up) at trees. They are beautiful to behold at this time of year, with their sometimes spindly, sometimes snakelike roots dancing delicately and ferociously with the earth, embedding themselves in the unlikeliest of places due to patience and perseverance. It is not with force alone that they take their