Singly or Ensemble, Yoga is Good

Singly or Ensemble, Yoga is Good

I was practising yoga in the Yoga Shed early on Monday with my friend and student, Julie. It was a pleasure to share the experience of doing yoga practice with Julie which I often get to do with others from our household. We’re fortunate to have our own yoga...
User-friendly Yoga for Beginners

User-friendly Yoga for Beginners

A yoga teacher who is a reader of “Yoga Suits Her” asked a very good question regarding progressing beginner-ish student through their postures when they are challenged by injuries or other restrictions. Say, for instance, the pose you ultimately wanted to...
The Image of Yoga

The Image of Yoga

Recently I’ve become enamoured of a social media site called Pinterest. It does two things for me: 1) connects me with other lovers of images, and also (2) with lots of interesting, striking images. When I look at the Pinterest section devoted to yoga images, I...
Yoga &Humour

Yoga &Humour

Amazing what you can do when you are given completely new hips. (Only kidding.) I’ve always thought that yoga poses are inherently funny. Sometimes I look around a class of students who have voluntarily submitted to being put into Kurmasana or Yoginidrasana or...

Yoga Practice Cycles

A yoga teacher trainee whom I was working with asked a smart question: What should I practice when? If you do the same sequence of poses every single day, as in Astanga Vinyasa Yoga, it’s not a problem. However, what do you do if your practices are more...
Happiness is a Headstand

Happiness is a Headstand

I know I’ve referred to Sirsasana (headstand) as a happy pose before. It is an individual thing, I realise. But I’m one of those individuals who loves being upside-down on my cranium. If you observed me in Sirsasana, you would hear me sighing profusely as...
Pain

Pain

For me, the really ugly thing about being in pain isn’t the pain itself but the way it takes me out of relationship with people and the environment. I just want to go to ground and isolate myself, like an animal crawling down its lair. This is not the way I...
The Crack in Everything

The Crack in Everything

One of Leonard Cohen’s most loved songs, “Anthem”, has the refrain: Forget your perfect offering There is a crack in everything That’s how the light gets in. I’m of the opinion that the song’s sentiment is so popular because we...
Show Yoga

Show Yoga

A couple of years ago, I enjoyed viewing a calendar that had been put together by a group at a yoga retreat in New Zealand. It was designed to spoof the “cover girl” approach to yoga magazines and calendars. You know what I mean? Images like this: Or even...