I’ve seen a few social media posts recently about ‘advanced’ yoga and 'advanced' practitioners/students/yogis (whichever term you use) and what this actually means. So often, being ‘advanced’ in yoga is seen as being ‘more flexible’, able to hold ‘complex asana’ or being able to have a stronger/more intense physical practice. I speak to people who … Continue reading What is ‘advanced’ yoga?
The fourth of the Yamas is Brahmacharya, or Nonexcess. Moderation in all our actions. Brahmacharya does roughly translate as abstinence, and some people take this to be celibacy, however many prefer to think of this in terms of nonexcess. So basically, don’t have more than you need, don’t be excessive. Still partake in enjoyable things, … Continue reading Brahmacharya (Nonexcess)
Recently my, physical/asana practice has been very limited - a combination of the house move and shoulder injuries means it's just been more difficult than usual. But this doesn't mean I've not been practicing yoga. I've spent 3 years practicing asana, so now it's really nice to dedicate some time to the other areas of … Continue reading Yamas & Niyamas
"To approach your practice intelligently means to know all the implications of what you want to do, whether that be Asana or Pranayama, and to make appropriate preparations and adjustments." T.K.V Desikachar's The Heart of Yoga. The passage in the book goes on to give the example of wanting to travel overseas - it's not … Continue reading Making appropriate adjustments in your practice
The fourth of the limbs is Pranayama which is breath control and the practice of breathing exercises. I've done a little bit of Pranayama work in my regular yoga class, and we practiced a few techniques in a workshop I attended at the Natural History Museum in London. Some of the practices made me feel … Continue reading Pranayama
The second of the limbs is Niyama, or the Niyamas. This translates roughly as 'observances' and includes our attitudes toward ourselves. The Niyamas also have 5 elements which I'll be covering later. When discussing the Niyamas here, I'll often be referencing the work of Deborah Adele and the book 'The Yamas & Niyamas: Exploring Yoga's … Continue reading Niyama, or the Niyamas
The first of the limbs is Yama, or the Yamas. This translates roughly as 'restraints' and includes our attitudes toward our environment. The Yamas have 5 elements which I'll cover in the future. When discussing the Yamas here, I'll often be referencing the work of Deborah Adele and the book 'The Yamas & Niyamas: Exploring … Continue reading Yama, or the Yamas
"In its exported manifestation, yoga has tended to focus on the physical aspect of the system of yoga, the Asanas, or stretching poses and postures, which most Western adherents of yoga practice in order to stay trim, supple and healthy. Patanjali himself, however, pays minimal attention to the Asanas, which are the third stage of … Continue reading The Eight Limbs of Yoga
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali are a series of 196 short statements (sutras) concerning yoga. I'll go into the sutras in more detail as I work my way through them in my own learning, but I first of all wanted to introduce the Eight Limbs of Yoga, which form part of the Yoga Sutras. Over … Continue reading Eight Limbs of Yoga
On the way to my teacher training I was full of nerves and anxiety - don’t get me wrong, I was incredibly excited. But it was those Imposter Syndrome thoughts creeping in. ‘Who am I to think that I can teach yoga?’ ‘I can’t do many of the advanced poses, how am I supposed to … Continue reading My first weekend of Yoga Teacher Training!
I'm so excited! Tomorrow is my first day of Yoga Teacher Training. This feels like such a huge step forward for me, I can't wait to explore and learn.
I've got the core reading list for my Yoga Teacher Training along with other recommended texts, but I'm also curious to hear what you would recommend? Have you read any books linked to yoga asana, yoga philosophy and meditation that resonated with you? Let me know in the comments below!
Another quote from T.K.V Desikachar's The Heart of Yoga which has stood out: "The way yoga is taught nowadays often gives the impression that there is one solution to everyone's problems and one treatment for every illness. But yoga affects the mind, primarily, and each person's mind is different." T.K.V Desikachar - The Heart of … Continue reading “But yoga affects the mind, primarily, and each person’s mind is different.”
As part of my pre-training reading this quote from T.K.V Desikachar's 'The Heart of Yoga' really resonated with me. What makes my father's yoga teachings unique, is his insistence on attending to each individual and to his or her uniqueness. If we respect each person individually, it naturally means we will always start from where … Continue reading “The starting point is never the teacher’s needs but those of the student”
My training will be in a contemporary vinyasa flow style, but with secondary focuses on yin, restorative, beginner and accessible yoga. Accessible yoga is what I'm really passionate about, teaching yoga that really is for every body. What are your experiences with accessible yoga?
I'm excited to share that this month I start my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Yoga Quota in Oxford. I'll be sharing my journey here so please like/follow this page to join me! Are you completing, or have you recently completed your Yoga Teacher Training? I'd love to hear about your experiences!