Norman Blair Interview

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While I was in London recently I snatched the chance to interview Ashtanga and Yin Teacher Norman Blair. Many practitioners are drawn to the idea of supporting their yang predominant practice with something more restorative or yin. In this interview we discuss what is meant by yin yoga and how it can complement an Ashatanga practice.

Norman began practicing yoga in the early 1990s and he has been teaching since 2001. His practice and teaching embrace both ashtanga yoga and yin yoga as well as mindfulness meditation. Through significant periods of training with teachers such as Hamish Hendry, Judith Lasater, Richard Freeman, Alaric Newcombe and Sarah Powers, he has gained the Yoga Alliance 500 hour accreditation. He believes that yoga is accessible to all of us and through regular practice we can experience profound changes in our mind and body.

His own experience has taught him that yoga is an enjoyable way to release and make available energetic potential to enhance our lives. Yoga can help us to become more flexible, physically stronger and improve our stamina, focus and awareness.

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If you would like just the audio to listen to later, here it is: Norman Blair Interview (audio only) (180 downloads) For more writings on practicing yoga and ideas of self-transformation visit Norman’s website: www.yogawithnorman.co.uk

Articles posted here by Norman Blair:
  • The Box – Being Inside Looking Outside: An Ashtanga Story May 8, 2014 By Norman Blair I would like to present this piece in the spirit of compassion, co-operation and communication. My thanks to Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, Sharat Jois and all teachers who have developed this practice and helped me along this path. The purpose of writing is to encourage debate and dialogue amongst practitioners. Some of what ...
  • This Body August 27, 2015 Titles can be tricky, especially in this society of speed, sound-bites and stimulants. Other options included ‘What happened in the summer holidays’ and ‘My appendix, the NHS, sangha and sustainability’. It began on the first Saturday of August. A busy day with many commitments. In the afternoon I was feeling a bit unwell – nothing too ...
  • Broken Gods, Breaking Hearts: Pedestals, Boundaries, Pitfalls June 17, 2014 By Norman Blair I would like to dedicate this to all teachers and students who have crossed my path. Thank you for your advice and your effort, your encouragement and your sustenance. I hope this article is helpful in our growth towards honesty, compassion and openness. STARTING WITH A SONG To start with words from a song by ...
  • Being Flexible about Flexibility October 18, 2015 These are my modest and provisional notes on the subject of hypermobility, the issues of flexibility in yoga, being able to sustain a yoga practice and specifically practicing Yin yoga. When I first taught yoga in 2001, I did not know what hypermobility or being too flexible meant. I remember Richard Freeman saying in June 2005, ...
Here are some of the other Interviews that I have posted so far. Lots more to come!
  • Interview with Yin Yoga Teacher Magdalena Mecweld (0) May 16, 2015 I met this lovely lady recently at Purple Valley where she had come to practice Ashtanga. I am all for mixing styles and finding what suits your body so when I found out that Magdalena was a famous Yin teacher and bestselling author I was very keen to interview her. She is so relaxed and ...
  • Interview with Simon Borg-Olivier (0) May 22, 2016 Popular all around the world Simon Borg-Olivier has definitely had an influence on many teachers yoga. It was a great pleasure to be able to catch up with him in Goa and finally get to chat with the man himself. You can also check out Simon’s website for more details about where to catch up with ...
  • David Keil Interview 2016 (0) August 20, 2016 Its that time of year again when David Keil visits Purple Valley in Goa and I get to babble anatomy with someone who really knows his stuff. David is author of the brilliant book Functional Anatomy of Yoga and teaches around the world. In this interview we talk about the emerging interest in fascia, injuries, ...
  • Themed Interview with Mark Darby: Forwardfolding (0) April 19, 2016 So this season I decided to do some interviews themed around different aspects of the practice. The format is a chat about the subject and then a demo /workshop. In this interview I get to talk to Darby and I chose forwardfolding not only because a good few students struggle at least initially with these ...
  • Michael Gannon Interview (0) July 25, 2014 In this interview with Michael I got to ask him about how he started his journey into yoga, and especially his rather unorthodox approach to teaching and his own practice. Using music! (yes you read right). And of course much more! Here are some of the other Interviews that I have posted so far. Lots more ...
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