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...