HOW NOW 2020?

WHAT.a.year.  It has been MASSIVE in terms of our Yoga community locally AND globally.  The world in its changing feels freefall and less predictable at the moment; where will we land! One thing we KNOW! Nothing is more dependable than CHANGE 🙂  You just have to look at the moon nightly to know this is true! BUT in that change …

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 …

getting back to that sacred space

Excitement is starting to build… We will be starting back with our FULL SCHEDULE ~ YES! Bikram Yoga EVERYDAY! Sometimes TWICE! Because Bikram practitioners deserve to be able to practice on whatever day of the week suits YOU!  We will post a date as soon as we know ourselves.  Ormer/Aston/BSC have been working so hard to get us back home …

No Devices in Yoga School

Sometimes we have to home in on the ‘etiquettes’ what they are and why we have them so people can work on the same page as us if they wish… PLEASE: Do not bring your phone/smartwatch/fitbit/smartring into the Yoga room If you have an electronic watch that gives notifications e.g. on the hour please turn off notifications or leave watch …

Yoga Ethics ~ Part III ~ Niyamas (Observances)

Remember from Part I & Part II we are focusing in on how you can apply Yoga ethics when you are at Yoga school and on your mat. The Niyamas are disciplines aimed at fostering positive qualities. Saucha ~ Purity, cleanliness of body and mind If you believe the expression ‘how you do anything is how you do everything’ you …

Yoga Ethics ~ Part II ~ Yamas (Restraints)

Remember from Part I that we are focussing in on how you can apply Yoga ethics when you are at Yoga school and on your mat. The ‘Yamas’ are universal principles aimed at destroying our lower nature; there are five of them: Ahimsa ~ Non-violence, Non-harming (think Ghandi!) Not just in relation to your fellow humans but also towards YOURSELF.  Not …

Me? Acting/Bored with Dialogue? No Way!

My first Bikram Yoga class was like someone had finally turned the lights on. To some this might sound over the top (I am well aware that not everyone gets this feeling) but it was ‘WOW, OMG, what just happened? That was AMAZEing!’ I wanted EVERYONE to try it out; I presumed everyone would have similar experience. Not so. My …

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 …

~ 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 …

Yoga Etiquette Rule #102 Have you got Issues with Your Tissues?

Q. What do you do with a runny nose in Yoga. Do you sniff, wipe, produce your neti pot or blow 🙂 A. You blow it! You absolutely need to be able to breath during your Yoga practice so if you have sinuses that tend to fill and need to be cleared you absolutely should blow your nose. If you …

Illuminating Standing Resting Position

STANDING. Simple in itself but more to it in a practicing Yoga scenario than you might think.  I remember having conversations with fellow Bikram Yogi’s on my training and over the years on the best way to stand in between the standing asanas. It wasn’t formally dealt with on the TTC in 2001. It was just taken as a ‘given’ …

Oh What to Wear to Yoga!

mmm I am sure many thousands of hours have been spent contemplating this one around the globe 🙂 For Bikram Yoga keep it simple; less is more. MODESTY PREVAILING of course! ALL the essential bits must be covered. Yes the more area of flesh that you can expose the better for the cooling down process (this is dealt with in other …