Yoga Poses Can Be Friends or Foes

Yoga Poses Can Be Friends or Foes

In September this year, I will be presenting a workshop called ‘Befriending Backbends’ at the wonderful Ekam Festival. Backbends are the family of poses that people often feel passionate about in a kind of love-hate way. It makes sense to me to present a...
In Praise of Legs Up the Wall

In Praise of Legs Up the Wall

What’s not to praise? Legs up the wall is a favourite with many people because it’s a pose that’s guaranteed to sort you out. With a minimum investment of energy, the pose will return you maximum benefits. It is restorative, regenerative and...
Yoga After Cataract Surgery

Yoga After Cataract Surgery

The Eyes Have It! A couple of years ago my optometrist discovered that cataracts were forming in both of my eyes. He predicted I would need cataract surgery someday. I was not looking forward to this ambiguous ‘someday’. I don’t like the idea of any...
No Single Right Way to Do Yoga

No Single Right Way to Do Yoga

My way or the highway The way I learned yoga was according to strict rules. After 10 years of the my-way-or-the-highway approach, I’ve spent the ensuing period deconstructing those rules and discovering my own body’s rhythms and requirements. Along the...
Headstand: A Pose for all Occasions

Headstand: A Pose for all Occasions

Headstand: Weddings, Anniversaries, Birthdays… Anything The above drawing was done by Soo Balbi on the occasion of our wedding in 1994. I like the message that the card proclaims: this is a non-conformist marriage. It also says that yoga is an important part of...
Losing Gracefully

Losing Gracefully

From the above title, you might think I’m going to be writing about a tennis match or a disagreement with my spouse. But no, this is much more serious. I’m talking about losing memory, losing faculties, and losing muscle strength. I’m talking about...