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) (156 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:
  • 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, ...
  • 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 ...
Here are some of the other Interviews that I have posted so far. Lots more to come!
  • Mark Robberds Interview 2015 (0) March 6, 2015 It’s great fun to interview Mark Robberds because he is so chilled and as much as surfer dude as he is an Ashtangi. We get to talk about his twin passions and how he works on his strength, lessons he has learnt himself from other teachers as well as techniques he incorporates into his practice. ...
  • John Scott Interview 2015 (0) February 22, 2015 It was such a pleasure to be able to practice with John Scott recently and to do this interview at Purple Valley in Goa. John’s energy and enthusiasm radiates from him and inspires all those lucky enough to be in the shala. I took this opportunity to delve into some of the things that ...
  • The Wonderful World of Fascia (0) November 23, 2015 This was so much fun to do and of course very topical at the moment coming shortly after the Fascial Research Congress. Joanne Avison is a yoga teacher and author of the book entitled Yoga Fascia Anatomy and Movement and I was lucky enough to be able to interview her when I was back in ...
  • David Robson Interview (0) April 15, 2014 David Robson has one of the world’s largest Ashtanga mysore programs outside of Mysore itself. He is part of the new vanguard of teachers that have studied only under Sharath Jois. A level 2 authorised teacher he describes himself as traditional in style. David is one of the most passionate and entertaining teachers that I ...
  • 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, ...
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