Speaking of ‘Adages’ and ‘Edges’…

“IF YOU CAN YOU MUST”  V.  “JUST BECAUSE YOU CAN DO SOMETHING DOESN’T MEAN YOU SHOULD” ~ Sometimes I feel like… I am speaking in adages in class and taken at face value they can appear to conflict! BUT they all hold their TRUTH for the particular moment and individual on the day; they pretty much get the message across; …

CONTAGION ‘MITIGATION’ PLAN

We are so happy and excited to be able to WELCOME YOU BACK to our little Yoga school.  To help you feel prepared and confident we have loads of information for you! read on… BACKGROUND:  On 10/3/20, based on information available at that moment in time, we started altering our studio policies and hygiene protocols and refining how we operated …

2020 contagion protocols diary

The following is YM record of events and protocols/mitigation focuses over this era since 11/3/2020 : CONTAGION ‘MITIGATION’ PLAN is a separate document. 16 August 2020 ~ Post 9: ~LIGHT ON: CHANGE ROOM STILL CLOSED ~ For those coming to YM like, 4.EVER 😆 have u ever known us 2b doin what others r doin? We’ve always served our offerings in a personal way. …

Love is…

Part 1 ~ LOVE is… CELEBRATION! Is there a better topic to discuss than LOVE? Darren and I 17 years married today (21 years together {2020}) and of course Valentines day, a worldwide celebration of romantic LOVE, is coming. Can we ALL ever know everything about LOVE and the POWER of LOVE. Maybe/not. LOVE being broader than romantic we are …

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 …

OMG 30 Degrees ~ INTRODUCTION by Trisha

You already have reaffirmed in your mind that you can have a physicality and you can choose to get in your body and MOVE IT TO WHATEVER ITS LIMIT IS. You have turned up through personal choice and effort and realisation that there is no 3 minute miracle short cut, there is no such thing as a free lunch!  You …

‘OUT OF OFFICE / GONE TO YOGA’ DOWNTIME

2 x 30 minute SESSIONS every Wednesday TO CHOOSE FROM: 12.15p.m. to 12.45p.m.  AND    1.15p.m. to 1.45p.m. no need to book wear comfortable clothing ALL LEVELS WELCOME £5 DROP IN (price of a sandwich and a coffee) temperature: ‘Room Temperature’ i.e. not hot welcome to bring own mat; available to rent .50p suitable for people who spend a large part …

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 …

Raja Yoga ~ Part I – Ethics

A conversation with someone Friday in which they said they had always believed ‘pilates’ was Yoga has prompted me to do some new writing.  Remember Yogis! YOU and your needs and questions are always my main inspiration for being a teacher AND for writing these blogs.  For every person that makes such statement or question I am well aware there …

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 …

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 …

Math – All the Cool Kids Are Doing It

As usual I have a number of books ‘on the go’: ‘Harry Potter’ (again! keeping my daughter company on her first reading), ‘Of Human Bondage’, ‘The Chair’, ‘The Casual Vacancy’, any number of Yoga books 🙂 and ‘Maths for Mums and Dads’. Lord knows if I will finish any/all; as I get older I don’t feel obliged to finish books …

BREAKING SYMMETRY

Have you ever heard the expression ‘if your gonna be tight be tight on both sides’ ? 🙂 Think about it!  One sure way your body will be MORE vulnerable to injury is the presence of asymmetry or extreme asymmetry.  Add in lack of body mind connection (me when I was BY newbie) add force (often what new people do) …

Lines of Energy

You can change a posture in an instant by creating a LINE OF ENERGY. You are a living being. You are a LIFE FORCE. In Yoga class we work to keep the Prana or life force flowing. Smoothly. Through the Nadis (Yogic energy channels). The process, repeated regularly, removes any blockages (physical or emotional), keeping you your BEST you, MORE …

Trees for Life

It has long been on our mind that we need to do something to offset any negative imprint the running of our lovely studio may have on the environment.  It is part of our ethos for living; we are acutely aware of those who live around us and the impact we may have on them in the choices we make …

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 …

Bikram’s Five Qualities of Mind

The Boss says: “the greatest challenge we face as human beings is controlling and properly using our own minds… The ego driven mind… does not want to give up its ultimate authority over your life… It will divert your focus from your Spiritual goals… using fear and desire, its primary weapons… To overcome this is not easy.” Yup – there …

Yoga Matters Manifesto

As you LOOK into the eyes of your reflection and KNOW these are the eyes of your teacher, you REALISE there is nowhere to hide. Your smartphone can’t help you now.  So it is cold outside but are you BRAVE enough to prise yourself off the sofa to go where there is struggle? So it is HOT outside but have …

WHO AM I

A self enquiry that has been pondered through the ages. It’s a mystery! In Yoga, observation of breath can be one method to assist with finding the answer. Just switch your ‘awareness’ to the simple act of breathing. We all know that conscious breathing is the connection between mind, body and movement and that by the end of a round …

Change One Thing. Change Everything.

Change Nothing? Nothing Will Change. {May 2015} Yesterday I was unexpectedly presented with a person that I associate with being the cause of extreme stress for myself personally (Yes I know I am responsible for my own stress state, but you know what I mean 🙂 ). The original period of stress was repeated and v-e-r-y long, but it passed. …

Choosing the ‘Right’

The word ‘right’ is not right! The word ‘perfect’ is not perfect! Words are so powerful; what would we do without Shakespeare’s 800 ! I fancy I have invented a few myself over the years too :). In teaching Yoga I can come up short trying to find the ‘right’ word (thankfully there are other forms of communication going on …

MUKTI

~ RANDOM MEANDERING YOGIC THOUGHTS TODAY ~ I was chatting with someone on Friday and they told me {this is not verbatim} that sometimes their Yoga took place after 9p.m. with a favourite ‘rave/trance’ tune in their lounge and that this somewhat horrified a friend of theirs that was quite classically spiritual. It made me smile; it is perfect; if …

Thumbs Up!

Whist I was tightening up all my bits preparing for Part I Utkatasana today I suddenly became excessively aware of my THUMBS! I feel them, any movement, they feel strong, the skin, the pressure of the side of it against the index finger, I perceive it as something really important and powerful, more than my hand, my arm or any …

I Am Awesome Yogi

So folks, I’m psyched! After an amazing weekend in Brighton (I even got a glimpse of their naked bike ride!! Woohooo (ok more than a glimpse 😉 possibly more than I care to remember) I am so full of it I wouldn’t know where to start to tell ye stuff, I got great value out of my weekend away…  Here is one …

PEACE

“Don’t let anyone walk through your mind with their dirty feet”~ Mahatma Ghandi I love this quote but actually this post is not about other people’s feet 🙂 – it is about YOUR footsteps in your mind and the imprint YOU leave there and retrace. I choose a Ghandi quote because he was a great proponent of AHIMSA or non-violence. …

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 …

Yoga Homework

Put some “Yoga” in your journey to YM… Om Shanti 🙂

Notes from Darren: Top Ten Tips for Newbies

These tips are written with the ‘new to Bikram’ Yogi in mind.  For those more experienced? no harm to refresh your memory but you will probably have already integrated these tips to your practice so you can visit our website to find lots of other articles/learn/tips to enhance your experience. 1~ THE FUNDAMENTAL. Never force or strain. Be patient. You’re …

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 …

Happy Hydrating

Managing your water consumption in a Bikram environment So you all know you must come to class properly hydrated; come in de-hydrated and it is downhill all the way.  You can’t do the serious job of hydrating during your practice; that is not why you are there.  Your job is to arrive hydrated and then all you will need is …