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 …

Christmas 2019

BLESSED YOGIS  ~  THANK YOU.  THANK YOU for all your Christmas wishes. THANK YOU ALL who have kept us company this year and in doing so have kept us going.  Our longer term practitioners hold glad space in our hearts but more have joined that space this year; it is ever expanding and there is plenty of room!  It is …

~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 …

Bikram Choudhury Netflix Documentary

~For Clarity~ and because one of our beloved practitioners asked … Thank you for asking.  You/your question deserve a proper response. The time available before/after class is short and never best utilized talking about these ‘troubles’.  Please read the following articles on our website under the ‘Learn’ section.  They will hopefully answer all and any questions that you may have or that you …

WHY I ‘WRITE’

Dear Yogi, I’ve been writing my Yoga essays since about 2 months after we started working with You lovely Yogis! When we were planning to open it never dawned on me that I would feel the need to share Yoga thoughts online; i.e. it wasn’t part of the Yoga school dream.  My first ever blog “How to be a Yoga …

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/ …

‘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 …

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 …

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 …

PLEASE HELP US. PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN WATER…

There is only one solution to single use plastic: GOVERNMENT PLEASE BAN THEM. wouldn’t that just make all of our lives simpler?  In the meantime waiting for that kind of right action we are all still having to make choices about our consumption habits and/or what to do with the flow of single use plastics into our households.  Always an …

Joists. mmmmm. JOYsts… :)

We mustn’t overlook the JOYsts in our lives!!  Soon we won’t see them but we won’t have to; its enough to know they will always be there! Our new Joysts complete the solid form of our Yogasana practice room and will support our structure for a long time to come. Oh Joy! Aside from that JOY and aside from our …

Christmas 2018

Hello. It is that time of year again. You know. The pause and reflect.  It has been a ‘bit of a year’ for us personally, spiritually and professionally. I truly know it has been a ‘bit of a year’ ‘cos I wrote it in Darren’s christmas card this year!! (never did before! So it must be true 🙂 ) I …

How we will roll at Langford…

Dear YM Bikram Yogi Family You have been patient and so kind to us at this difficult time and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.  But we KNOW how frustrating it is if Bikram Yoga is your medicine, or your way of maintaining balance, to be without it or to have it snatched away without notice. We …

Without a doubt this week has been up there with one of the worst type of weeks a couple could have.  Until yesterday we thought we had lost everything in relation to the studio.  This little Yoga school, as well as being our WAY of living and actual livelihood, most know (but we realize now not everybody) it is also …

WE ARE SO GRATEFUL nobody was hurt. A number of different scenarios have played out in our heads about how this could have turned out believe us and all of them worse than this. Those scenarios aside (we will continue to envisage them and be so grateful), we are totally devastated right now and are struggling to take this in. …

~ YOGA and the MATTERS of PRICING ~

YM as a business is clearly operating on a micro level.  Set up to propagate Bikram Yoga and ensure a consistent and guaranteed place of practice by 2 lovers of this Yoga for other lovers of this Yoga on a small landmass with limited population with the added hope of providing a ‘living’ for the dedicated proprietors that will enable …

STILL IN LOVE…

…WITH BIKRAM YOGA AFTER ALL OF THESE YEARS.  YOU CANNOT MAGIC UP 20 YEARS LIFE EXPERIENCE; YOU HAVE TO DO THE TIME !  THIS MONTH I’VE BEEN HAVING MY OWN PRIVATE ‘CELEB’IKRAM{SORRY 🙂 } MARKING 20 YEARS SINCE I TOOK UP THIS PRACTICE … AND WHAT A RIDE THIS HAS BEEN ~ SO MANY~WONDERFUL~MOMENTS~GIFTED~TO~ME~BY~STUDENTS AND THE CURIOUS INCIDENTS TOO ARE …

Good Things Come in 3s !!!

3 THINGS CANNOT BE HIDDEN! Is it THE SUN, THE MOON and NEW BEGINNINGS??? OR is it INTERNATIONAL YOGA DAY ~and~ SUMMER SOLSTICE ~and~ FREE YM!   Yes! OF COURSE on the ‘Longest ‘International Yoga’ Day’, as always, YOU will BE OUR GUEST.  The sun will be at its highest in the sky (hopefully it will have its hat on too) and …

Om Om Om My Ghosh!

~ YM News ~ Darren is going where the Bengal Tiger lives… We are always studying our art (either formally or privately).  Sometimes we attend the formal trainings for, as much as anything else, catching up with old friends/peers, as well as reminding ourselves of the fundamentals and trying to relive the joy of those initial years of discovering this …

choosing a Yoga instructor

“so there it is work it out for yourself, BE SELECTIVE, be OBJECTIVE… be an asset to the collective, as you know you gotta get a life” ~ Jazzy B You don’t learn about what it means to be a teacher on one teacher training course.  You come away with LOTS of enthusiasm for the great unknown in front of you …

We Thank You with Satya

Blessed Yogis THANK YOU for all your kind Christmas wishes; we receive them gratefully and from the bottom of our hearts return the sentiments a hundredfold. We are grateful for all the people in our world that we now know and LOVE because the universe has brought them to Yoga Matters. We are HAPPY to have met you and your …

Driving-Tips-4-Us-Yogis

WE SHOULD BE GRATEFUL if you’d factor this IN When you are next PLANNING your TRIP TO YM So you actually make it to CLASS ON TIME ‘Driving-Tips’ is so Yogis dodge making a crime! YM Yogis PLEASE ~ in your JOURNEY to class On the dark, wetter nights when cars travel en masse LEAVE HOME EARLY ~ no ‘speed …

International Day of Yoga

“Yoga… embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourSelf, the world, nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness it can help us deal with climate change.” ~ Narendra Modi …

There BE a dozen ways to practice for FREE at YM

🙂 read on… We have an increase in the number of people presenting in reception believing their first class at YM is free ‘taster session’; this has never been a model we used at YM. Think about it. One would not ask a restaurateur for a free sample/taster meal to see ‘if one likes it’? One would not ask one’s lawyer for a …

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 …

OM AIM SARASWATYAI NAMAHA

Have you heard of Judith Hanson Lasater? She is: an American Yoga teacher who has taught yoga since 1971 (the year I was born) an early student of BKS Iyengar and is founder of the Iyengar Yoga Institute in San Francisco a widely published author of articles and books a physical therapist and holds a doctorate in East-West psychology President of The …

~ ART speaks what words are unable to explain ~

Here is something we have had in the offing for some time.  ‘ART’.  Art can lift the spirit. Art can be life enhancing.  In the eye of the beholder it can evoke emotion and a beautiful piece of Art can evoke feelings of wonder and deep appreciation. What we are doing at the studio is ART to us, it is …

BIKRAM CHOUDHURY AT YOGA MATTERS?

For many people their Bikram Yoga time is ideally a respite from the ‘troubles’ of the world outside the room. Other practitioners use the time to reconcile problems of the world to try to make sense of all the chaos.  At YM we err on the side that the vast majority need the mental break and so we keep our …

THE THREE GUNAS

Some very depressing things have happened in the Yoga world over the years including abuse of power and abuse of students; devastating blows to the sanctity of the teacher/student relationship; all trust destroyed. Bikram Yoga Teachers have perhaps been forced to fast track ‘self examine’ in ways beyond most Yoga teachers lately, like no other Yoga community perhaps? (because there …

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 …

~ WE ARE GLAD & GRATEFUL~

THANK YOU to ALL who have kept us company this year.  Our longer term practitioners hold glad space in our hearts but more have joined that space this year than ever.  When we pause at this time of year to take stock we feel humbled by your contribution to our world and our happiness. WE ARE SO GLAD & GRATEFUL …

As Glück Would Have It !

I first read ‘Autobiography of a Yogi’ not long after I took up Yoga. It was pretty mindblowing stuff at the time for me and I was a bit skeptical about some of the content. Passage of time is a great way to gain better perspective on many things including a books message and what it has to offer you.  …

A Purple Violet Magenta Rain

We Love Our New Logo.   We’ve had it a while and we just couldn’t sit on it anymore. It’s the week leading up to St Valentine’s day and we just got so excited with all the Love in the air we wanted to share it with you now. Our old logo has served us well for 4.5 years but it …

The Night Before Yogi Christmas

A’fore the night b’fore Christmas, I have something to say! I’ve been thinking of things that might lighten your day Just now! It has struck me ~ You don’t need a sleuth! Only one thing is needed and that is the TRUTH! Some Yoga, MORE Yoga, YES YOGA (its plain 🙂 ) Bikram Yoga ~ the GIFT for the fit and the sane! …

First International Yoga Day

HAPPY First International YOGA DAY ~ The interesting thing is that it is a political leader in India (Prime Minster) that has taken this stance to create this significant day which is also Summer Solstice! ‘Yoga embodies unity of mind and body, thought and action, restraint and fulfilment, harmony between man and nature, a holistic approach to health and well …

We Print Money !

GOTCHA! On a more serious note 🙂 ~ About Oct last {2014} I was listening to BBC Radio Jersey one evening just after 8 and the presenter said some guy had called in and said ‘Yoga’ was just another word for spinning money’ (there must have been a topic I missed earlier about Yoga). I wanted to phone in and …

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 …

The Running Man of Jersey III

Found Jersey’s running hero exploring the max on his way towards Egypt 🙂 ; still time to: donate on his just giving page; keep up with him on his RTR page or catch him somewhere on his last journey to give him a cheer

The Running Man of Jersey II

Having finally convinced my daughter that there really IS a man running around Jersey every day this week 🙂 I am still struggling to get my own little brain around it. What Paul is doing for Jersey Hospice is MASSIVE and a first in Jersey ! Anyway, we eventually FOUND HIM! YAY! Jersey’s Running Man Breaking Boundaries at Bouley Bay …

The Running Man of Jersey I

Things to do for free in Jersey this week ~ stone building at Stinky Bay, backward bending at The White House, draw in the sand at The Beach, hunt for that Paul Burrows 🙂 bloke on his Round The Rock x 7 in aid of Jersey Hospice Care. Paul was elusive today so we have no pic, BUT we have …

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 …

A ‘Horton Hears a Who’ inspired Poem

WE LIKE IT at YM We like it A LOT! Bikram classes are DAILY And are HOT HOT HOT It’s {£11} drop-in Money WELL spent 90 minutes BIG benefits to BODY & MIND are sent Beginners, Experienced; ALL IN ONE ROM BENDING and STRETCHING; you will soon BLOOM It’s THE original Hot Yoga by BIKRAM you know! Designed for EVERYONE …

!Final Warning! This is a REALLY Long Water/Hydration Post

I bet you thought I had run out of things to say to you about Bikram Yoga and hydration? HAHAHAheeheehee you ARE funny! So in this post I’m talking MichaelMoseley, dehydration, coffee, hyponatraemia, the WHO, bottled water industry, BIG sweaters, hydration (and chocolate?). The FINAL water focus post ~ read on… Now I think Mike is great and always listen …

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 …

Happy Halloween

Is it time for YOGA yet? its gonna be HOTTER THAN HELL at YM 6p.m. tonight AND – so dress down, engage your RED HOT POKER STRAIGHT LEG and come on down to the TORTURE CHAMBER for a HELL of an evening, where else would you rather be on Halloween but GOIN’ THRU HELL…. We’re waiting for you…. and remember: …