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All about the shopping ....

Posted on October 31, 2015 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (3467)

I loved International Yoga Day this summer at Alexandra Palace. With a whole day of yoga led by greats like David Sye, Robert Milletti and Leah Bracknell what’s not to like. But, if I’m honest – and in the spirit of Satya (one of the Yamas as defined by Patanjali) I have to be honest – I missed the shopping that comes with the main event in October.

I have no trouble resisting designer shoes or handbags but one whiff of yoga goodies and I turn into Carrie Brads...

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Laughter Yoga

Posted on October 10, 2015 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (2883)

I love yoga in almost all its forms – even those I can’t do – but Laughter Yoga is one aspect I’ve never been much interested in. I’ve experienced it a few times, but usually only as a small part of the class and it’s always struck me as forced and gimmicky. I put it in much the same box as Dog Yoga and Surfboard Yoga as “yogas” I’m unlikely to be taking part in myself. It takes a lot to make me laugh out loud. I would be pretty useles...

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Moving indoors

Posted on September 26, 2015 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (3792)

Feeling fantastic having taught two whole classes indoors at my new venue in Hornchurch.  My first fear was that no-one would come, my second was that I wouldn't be able to open the door and we'd end up doing yoga in the car park!  When I arrived my third fear was that too many people had turned up and I was about to be yoga mobbed.  Somehow the normally empty HAD carpark was full of cars coming and going.  Fortunately they were for the chippie across the road and the cars...

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The end or the beginning of a journey?

Posted on September 8, 2015 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (2184)

This Sunday (8th September) marked the official end of Body and Soul Charity classes in Raphael Park, at least for the summer. It really has been a wonderful 12 weeks and I’ve been so lucky to be joined in the Bandstand by lots of wonderful yogis. Several have actually been yoga teachers themselves and this Sunday, Rachel, who I met on the Dru course in London came along to lead the activation/warm up section. It was lovely to enjoy being a participant for a change and also to experi...

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Strawberries in the Bandstand

Posted on September 8, 2015 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (787)

I arrived in the bandstand for the penultimate session to find strawberries strewn everywhere. It could have been something worse so I couldn’t complain and fortunately I had my broom with me. However, with strawberries ground into the concrete it was difficult to clear completely. These are some of the “problems” doing yoga in a public place. I find myself wishing I could lock the bandstand and keep it all for myself and fellow yogis, clean and ready for our Sunday sess...

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A smaller group this week - 16th August

Posted on August 16, 2015 at 8:25 PM Comments comments (716)

As August gets established numbers have dropped slightly.  This week there were just three of us to start with in the bandstand.  Then Carol passed by and joined us.  It's the second week a passer by has joined in and really lovely that they spare the time to stay around and do a complete session.  Imagine going for a walk in the park and ending up taking part in an entire yoga class!  Along with the different weather we've experienced, changes in numbers and particip...

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Why charge?

Posted on August 14, 2015 at 6:30 PM Comments comments (1001)

When I graduated with a Dru Teaching Diploma in January my next step was to start teaching. The problem was who to teach and where. During term time it proved to be impossible – my plan to teach other teachers at the college where I work (my “real” job is teaching ESOL to adults in Ilford) never happened because no-one, myself included, had enough time. There was plenty of enthusiasm and good intentions but quite honestly, with OFSTED breathing down our necks, we were al...

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Sunshine on the Rockery 9th August

Posted on August 14, 2015 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (870)

Being outside really gets you in tune with the weather.  And of course English weather is anything but boring!  Having sheltered just last week in the bandstand while it rained all around us - this week dawned sunny and bright.  My concern now was possible heat stroke.  In the bandstand that would have been fine but I'd decided to venture out and try our luck on the rockery.  Fortunately, everyone agreed it was a good idea and the "noisiest tree in the world" was ther...

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Sunday 26th July in the rain

Posted on July 30, 2015 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (767)

30th July 2015

After the walking meditation last week I was hoping to move out of the Bandstand and take full advantage of the summer sunshine in the beautiful surroundings of the Garden Theatre. Unfortunately heavy rain was forecast and as Sunday dawned it was obviously going to be a wet one. Hey ho! With the bandstand to shelter us at least I don’t have to cancel classes just because of a bit of inclement weather. Wonderfully, eleven hardy yogis turned up to enjoy th...

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Yoga Equipment

Posted on July 24, 2015 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (810)

This article is written mindful of the Yamas which form the first limb of the eight limbs of yoga (Astanga yoga) as found in Chapter 2 of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. The guidelines are subdivided into five different sections but the ones that concern this article are: Asteya – not desiring what we may not have (a Sweaty Betty vest top maybe); Brahmacharya – moderation, non-indulgence of the senses (do I really need a £100 Bodyform yoga mat or will the Primark one do?) and ...

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