The Art of War

March @ YM is for WARRIORS!!! Ahhh Love FebYOUary!… BUT! Onward MARCH! 😉 ~ the start of Spring, the clocks change again, time to celebrate the Irish in you 😉 and time to salute the Mamas of the world, but mostly ‘MARCH IS FOR WARRIORS’ @ YM. March (Martius) was named after Mars the Roman god of war; at YM we’re …

~ITS A PARTY~NOT A PICNIC~

There was a little group of peeps appearing daily in our school You may think WOW that’s really ‘HOT’ but they were really pretty COOL What WAS going down? Well. IT happened really quick Listen carefully and I’ll tell you: ‘T’was a PAR~TAY (not a picnic) They got their Yoga Challenge DONE one~class~at~a~time Today they did the last one and …

YM Bikram Challenge

***DATES FOR DIARY*** Monday 18 to Sunday 24 NOVEMBER 2019 *** 7.BIKRAM.CLASSES.7.DAYS.CHALLENGE. *** ~170~ (Yes! One Hundred and Seventy!) People have COMPLETED a Bikram Yoga Challenge with YM in 8 years! We think you will agree that is pretty good track record for completion! Time now to think about signing up for our next Challenge see website for full info http://yogamattersjersey.uk/love-people/ …

WE DID IT !!!

THE SINGING BOWL WILL BE SINGING AGAIN ~ FRIDAY 21ST JUNE ~ We have been in an interesting position of late; we have had to hand certain things over ‘emotionally’; we’ve had to relax into ‘receiver’ mode for support.  Times past this would have been an extraordinarily uncomfortable position for us to be in but we knew we must just …

You are the driver…

Dear Practitioners Having received a parking ticket at Langford Friday evening for forgetting to display ‘time arrived’ (ouch!) it got me thinking on the whole parking and driving to Yoga practice thing again.  Soon we will be back at our home on Rue De Funchal and we would like to bring your kind attention to a couple of things in …

LOCK THE KNEE (‘LTK’)

Our classes are mixed with ‘knees’ of all sorts! healthy and otherwise AND lately a few who have nothing wrong with their knees but who are fearful of Lock the Knee instruction and being overly protective of healthy knees. This post is not written to be all encompassing about knees, their variations or problems.  Its purpose is to remove fear …

Someone messaged me some months ago about an emotion that tended to rise for them immediately after a practice. I just came across my answer again and I thought I might share it in case anyone else experienced such feelings. IT IS NOT UNCOMMON for a practitioner to experience emotions (positive or negative) during or after a posture/class.  The fact that …

Have a little local Yoga Break in a nice room…

‘Having a Yoga Break’ (coming to class A LOT) Versus ‘Taking a Break from Yoga’ (skipping a class) Sometimes a rest from your Yoga can work magic (quality not quantity); yes sometimes I give a class a miss when I feel that a rest will serve me more than the Yoga on that day. When you are new you have …

Challenge Amy ~ 60 Days of Bikram

HEY! Miss AMY HALL, Please Stand Tall ! You rose in the face of your CHALLENGE So we now want to give ALL this CALL C’mon EVERYBODY let’s give Amy a shout Because of the following there is no doubt: 60.Bikram.Yoga.Classes. DONE KNOW that Amy is second to none 🙂 Amy was CHALLENGED by our challenge Sure isn’t that the …

BELLY UP PART IV ~ KNOW YOUR BELLY ~

I would like YM students to become more considerate of all the layers of muscles and organs* residing in this area.  Use your Yoga to tune into the deeper abdominal muscles to strengthen them because this is important to their function as stabilizers of the limbs but there must be movement here too, not rigidity. (After this post I list …

BELLY UP PART III ~ RESPECT YOUR BELLY ~

It is hard to know where to start on this point. Harder still to know where the stop!! AGNI   The fire of digestion resides in the belly area. It is associated with the Guna ‘Rajas’ (a quality sometimes translated as passion). Its characteristics are energy and action. APANA VAYU (ONE OF THE PANCHA PRANAS (FIVE ENERGIES))   The Female energy Apana …

BELLY UP PART II ~ SEE YOUR BELLY ~

AT THE BEGINNING of a Bikram Yoga Class in ‘Pranayama’ one of the standard phrases in the Bikram dialogue is ‘stomach in…depression of the abdominal wall…ribs stick out’ ‘RIB CAGE VISIBLE IN MIRROR’.  Whilst I have found many of my own words to deliver Bikram Yoga posture instruction in each unique class, this is one of his many excellent stock …

BELLY UP PART I ~ FREE YOUR BELLY ~

THE IMAGE: my belly is nearly 46 years old. My daughter resided and was nourished in there for 9 months. She arrived via c-section. She was 8.4lbs. Like many before us we marvelled at how she EVER fitted in there. I can tell you it felt like my internal organs got a fair punishing in last few weeks of pregnancy. …

feeling your Yoga

A YOGA POSE IS A LIVING THING.  Not set in stone. Your pose is ever changing. It expresses differently from personality to personality, body to body, history to history, class to class. It is never about ideal textbook expression of the pose. IT IS ABOUT YOUR BEST EXPRESSION of the pose in the moment. This is how it will always …

~ FEEL V. FORCE ~

After 2 posts about ‘seeing’ your Yoga I thought I better ‘Yin’ it out with a couple of ‘FEELING’ your Yoga post :). Its all about balance 🙂 : Sometimes practitioners find it very hard to let go of the visual measures even years into their practice; I think it’s the way we are conditioned outside of the Yoga room. …

~ MIRROR MIRROR ~

Do you obey what your eyes show you or do you feel your Yoga? Some might say feeling your Yoga is King but as a beginner the reality can be different. Remember it is all relative 🙂 and I am teaching a beginning Yoga class.  I will write about ‘feeling’ your Yoga, but right now I want to focus on …

Don’t Nourish the Flourish

More experienced students taking places in front few rows please/should be aware of the newbies placed behind them and try to lead by example: remembering not to insert extra movements/quirks/flourishes as new practitioners may copy what they see. Please do not be surprised if the instructor appears to continually pick up students placing themselves in the front two rows doing …

Responsibility; the Road Less Travelled

BIKRAM YOGA IS, amongst many other things, about strength, flexibility, balance and stamina which contribute HUGEly to one’s overall health and fitness. This is a challenging beginning Yoga class and day in day out with new practitioners (and sometimes old) we constantly refrain the cautions and common sense approach needed for those developing their newfound body mind connection. People with …

One Quick Fix Coming Right Up…

‘How little time do I have to spend in order to get maximum benefits’ seems to be the burning question these days. Guidelines from government health organisations seem to lower each year. Taking the stairs instead of the lift now counts as a daily activity and then there is HIIT (3minutes). The realization that ‘more’ people are ‘less’ mobile than …

The Hidden Challenges of ‘Doing a Challenge’

The guidelines on our site give advice on how to prepare for a YM Challenge… ‘ensure work is not going to make extra demands on you… plan your social life accordingly…’ etc. You have got passed all the pseudo reasons for not doing a Challenge, gave everyone close to you a heads up and you promptly turned up on your …

How a YM Challenge ends…

~CHALLENGE DAY 10~ Q: “HAVE YOU EVER FELT THE LONGING FOR SOMEONE YOU COULD ADMIRE?” Ayn Rand. A: “LOOK IN THE MIRROR.” Trisha Thomas. To round up this particular Challenge I have written a synopsis poem of the week’s posts 🙂 : At the end of this CHALLENGE, YOGA MATTERS’ wish for you We feel it strong and heartfelt, And …

Stop Trying So Hard and Get Back In Your Box! said no Yoga Teacher ever.

What is more important? Showing up, staying in the room, locking the knee, grasping your foot, grasping anything, holding the posture, falling out from trying, getting back in when you have fallen, resting when you need to, giving your 100%, coming back? ALL ARE EQUALLY IMPORTANT. Everybody’s measure for personal success is different. Depending on where they set their bar …

A Bikram Yoga class is not Cirque de Soleil

The educator must believe in the potential power of his pupil, and he must employ all his art in seeking to bring his pupil to experience this power.” ~ Alfred Adler (Austrian physchiatrist) A Bikram Yoga class is not Cirque de Soleil. It is just a group of people who get in their body and move. To an end of …

How To Get The Monkeys Out Of Your Temple

Your Body is a Temple 🙂 . It’s where you live, love, learn, dream. Sadly, you may also be sharing it with a few squatters. Yup. The monkeys. A little incident Monday in the lobby 5 minutes (less even) before class started caught me by surprize regarding one such monkey. The incident had nothing to do with the class or practitioners. …

“Let go or be dragged” Zen proverb (I think)

I DO like to employ a bit of Zen 🙂 ; as much as you can square anything off with Yoga you can round things off nicely with a little bit of Zen. You often hear me say, particularly after Ustrasana “whatever it is your feeling right now don’t hold on to it, it is already in the past…” my …

“There are many possibilities but the expert has few.” ~ Suzuki

Question Time: You all know my thoughts on keeping an open mind to receiving teachings from new/different teachers, yes? But what about the wisdom YOUR own body has to offer? You know you are your own best teacher? But are you open to listening to yourself? If you haven’t being listening there is no time like the present 🙂 So …

So Much Praise… WHY?

Yoga is not about awards and yet there is so much praise going on in the Yoga room; what is all this praise about? You might be thinking “I didn’t do anything different than usual or give any extra effort today or I actually sat out of that asana, what is going on”? The instructors know how hard this Yoga …

The Little Train That Thought It Could

Do you remember the little story about the little train that thought it could, its been on here before but there might be a good mantra/affirmation in it somewhere? A little railroad engine was employed in a station yard for such work as it was built for, pulling a few cars on and off the switches. One morning it was …

Challenge YourSelf

The YM CHALLENGE is coming The EXCITEMENT starts to build. 7 or 10 days to CHOOSE from ! Your MIND & BODY will be CHILLED. A personal journey of DISCOVERY WILL test you each and every way. STRENGTH~CONCENTRATION~DETERMINATION (And SWEAT of course!) will be required EVERY day. The studio will be BUZZing, as ENERGY runs high So come on in …

Step Right Up For the Trip of a Life Time

Have you time to take a Bikram journey to explore the unknown Self and discover untapped possibilities within? A VITAL HEALTHY BODY is a prerequisite for the journey of life.  Health is your body’s natural state. Your body craves it. Yoga re-establishes a primal relationship between body and mind and restores the body’s balance. Efficient muscles are long, free of stored …

The poses and their benefits… intro

I set out hereafter a very brief description of ‘How To’ do the prescribed poses.  I also list briefly what is happening in each pose. By no means are these ALL the benefits to be had from a class, as it is the sequence performed as a whole that maximises benefits. Practicing the sequence nourishes and invigorates the entire body …