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This Body

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 serious. I mused to...

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Kundalini, Chakras, Prana and Two Real Intertwining Snakes

In this blog I want to discuss some points about Kundalini energy and Chakras. Much of the information available on the subject of Kundalini is esoteric and so not easy to justify with rational conventional science. I think the best explanation of the science of kundalini comes from Jana Dixon and her excellent book ‘The Biology of Kundalini”. The main purpose...

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Mula Bandha and Float Backs

Part 1: The Three Bandha The word Bandha can be defined variously as “lock”, “blockage” and “doorway”. Mula Bandha is the lower lock, meaning “root” or “earth”. There are a few definitions that I like regarding MB, so I wanted to start by sharing some of those. Wikipedia Mūla Bandha is the principal, key and primary Bandha of the Yogic...

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Moving Towards a Sattvic Life

What does being sattvic actually mean? According to Ayurveda, sattva is the quality of nature that brings about balance, peace, purity and clarity. It is one of the three subtle qualities or ‘gunas’ that exist in all of nature. The other two qualities are rajas and tamas, rajas being the quality of energy, movement and transformation that creates imbalance in...

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Why I don’t Chant, Part 2: Tradition and Self Authority

Last week I published an article titled “Why I don’t Chant”, in which I explained some of the reasons that I don’t use the Ashtanga opening and closing mantras in my classes or in my personal practice. As expected, I received mixed feedback on the article. Some people expressed that it resonated with them deeply, while others felt that by...

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Why I don’t chant

I don’t think I love God more than I love music. Why would a European sitting there, who doesn’t know the difference between Krishna and Rama, listen to this music for two hours? Why are instrumental concerts so popular? Do we know if the performer is playing a kriti in Kannada or Telugu, or if that kriti is talking about...

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Maty Ezraty Interview

It was a great pleasure to do this interview with Maty. She is so full of enthusiasm and compassion it shines through everything she says. I remember the group at Purple Valley being so excited to be practicing with her and I think you will get a feel of why when you listen to this. You can find out more...

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Interview with Yin Yoga Teacher Magdalena Mecweld

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 full of enthusiasm, that whatever...

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Interview with Wambui Njuguna on her Pregnancy and Yoga

How you should modify you asana practice when pregnant is obviously a very personal thing, but it certainly helps to hear how other people balanced the two. Wambui has such a great calmness and kindness about her, that after this short interview Karolina (Director of Purple Valley) and I almost said at the same time: We must get Wambui to...

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