Little Ego Sneaks into Yoga Class

Once upon a time… Little Ego snuck into a Yoga class with its Driver.  Driver had never tried Yogasana before. Everything about it was new and hard AND there was a WHOLE NEW LANGUAGE taking place in the Yoga school that she had never heard before.  Little Ego recognized some of the language ‘tho. E.g. when instructor said ‘well done’ …

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 …

Know Your Unconscious Mind (‘UM’)

My UM has been ‘triggered’ 🙂 and I am researching as I am writing folks and some if this is new to me but very interesting. I share it with you as part of a focus to help all become more discerning practitioners (in the context of marketing we would be called yoga consumers  ~ brrrr shiver!!).  NO DOUBT 🙂 …

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 …

The Battling Yogi

The most interesting paradigm shift that has occurred in me this last year and possibly the one I am most GRATEFUL for is the removal of resistance to DEALING with the rogues of this world, the feeling of being inclined to say nothing to particular rogues in the hopes THEY WILL just pack up their oddities and GO AWAY and …

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 …

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 …

Seriously!!!

1 in every 10 people in Jersey is a Yoga Instructor. OK. I am clearly jesting; but it does feel like that the last couple of years as Darren and I struggle and have an ongoing conversation about how we are going to sustain what we do in the climate we are operating in; But that is OUR worry and …

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 …

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 …

Christmas mullings… 2017

Its 12.25, just had breakfast 🙂 still in jammies, HAVE NOT looked in the mirror 🙂 Saoirse’s just had lunch, Darren’s putting the food shop away, house is mess and I’m just mulling over a few conversations have had over last few days. THIS time of year can be so tough for many. I know. I am no stranger to spending Christmas alone. This …

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 …

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 …

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 …

~ 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 …

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 …

~ 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 …

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 …

WHAT DO YOU MEAN MY TRIKONASANA ISN’T 5,000 YEARS OLD???

PREAMBLE Oh Good Lord! there’s a ‘preamble’! this one is going to be a long one! 🙂 There is so much to write about in Yoga, I often don’t know where to start. Bearing in mind I teach a ‘beginning’ Yoga class I well remember all the questions I had when I was new to Yoga and particularly trying to …

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 …

Yoga For Drivers – Ahimsa

It’s no secret that the hardest ‘Yoga’ to practice is all that is NOT on your mat – don’t forget you don’t practice for the glory of the pose; you practice so you can live better outside of the Yoga room. One place off the mat where you WILL be tested is ‘THE CAR’! I often have conversations with people …

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 …

Its not singing. Its CHANTing :) ~

So ye’ve all recovered from my solo Kirtan demo on Sunday. I have anyway :). You weren’t expecting THAT in your Bikram Yoga class now were you (don’t tell Bik :)). I thought I’d elaborate on my explanation about the Dhyana Slokas which come from the Bhakti Yoga path. Meditation verses are another instrument to help train the mind. They …

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 …

“Set Your Life on Fire ~ Seek Those Who Fan Your Flames.” Rumi

We’ll provide the heat. Be it fahrenheit or centigrade from where we’re standing the temperature will be just fine. All YOU have to do is show up. Again and again. For those 90 minutes let nothing negative survive in the heat. Just give your best effort, struggle if you must. All so you can be re-molded, born again in the …

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. …

My Bunny. Again.

THOUGHTS FROM A VINTAGE YOGI ABOUT HER RABBIT (again) ~ YOGA GETS BETTER AS YOU GET OLDER!!!. I spent much time in the past working on some postures that tend to look more impressive e.g. Padmasana (Lotus), classic Yoga meditation pose; it took me five years to get into that one.  Hanumanasana (that’s Yoga splits) took me 7 years (that’s …

It Doesn’t Interest Me What You Do For a Living

“It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living” said Oriah Mountain Dreamer MAY I JUST EXPAND ON THIS? At YM we are not tribal and we don’t mind if people don’t want to belong to our club; we are not empire building, we are just doing what we do. At YM we don’t KNOW if you are : …

A Rose by any other Name is still a Rose ~ WHERE DOES BIKRAM FIT IN YOGA

Numbers abound in Yoga, it can all get very confusing to the beginner: 4 Paths, 8 Limbs, 6 Sub Paths, 7 (main) Chakras, 5 Points, 3 Bodies, 4 Locks (Bandhas), 5 Levels of Being (or Sheaths or Kosha), 5 (main) Vayus, 4 Yamas, 6 Niyamas, and there’s more! I could go on…:). Depending on your school of Yoga, focus on …

The Power of Words

WORDS HAVE A VIBRATION All speech creates energy that radiates out to the world helping to create the atmosphere we live in. I do believe that our body and mind holds the residue of every kind or cruel word we’ve ever spoken OR had directed at us. When you feel a ‘vibe’ on walking in to a room you might …

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 …

JNANA

Saturday night. Darren’s out I’m in 🙂 and so ~ RANDOM MEANDERING YOGIC THOUGHTS TODAY ~ JNANA ~ As I recognise and acknowledge I made a mistake this week and try to make reparation immediately whilst knowing that I may not be deserving of a good outcome and I may have to live with the effect; I am grateful that …

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 …

CALL ME TRISHA… :)

I have just finished reading ‘MOBY DICK and what a great read; Poor old Ahab, he built a prison for himself out of anger and revenge. Ultimately it was his downfall and his ship a coffin for him and his crew.  Some of them might not have realised what was going on but some of them did and clearly ‘LET’ …

Once Upon a Midnight Dreary…

Watched ‘Simpsons’ last night (yeah this is what I do when I get a night off :)) and Homer’s version of Poe’s ‘The Raven’ and of course it got me thinking 🙂 … If you’re feeling weary, afraid, melancholy, dreary read on… Once upon a midnight dreary, I was feeling weak and weary I needed to get off my bum, …

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 …

OM ~ The Original Mantra

In Yogic thinking the first word was OM, the first vibration and sound from which all others emerged. There is no literal translation of OM; its three letters A, U and M signify three periods of time and three states of consciousness and all of existence. OM (correctly spelt AUM) covers the human threefold experience A is waking state (representing …

Bone Matters

We work on the 26/2 diligently, a group of people in our unique bodies. We regulars know it is clearly not one size fits all. In this post I am focusing on the bony skeletal and its variations (not mis-alignments, just the bare bones 🙂 ) to present regular practitioners with food for thought on how this may affect YOUR …

Bikram Yoga works on you Outside & In

Which is more important? So what if you can’t get into the perceived “ideal” form of an asana? Many who receive benefits from Bikram aren’t necessarily those for whom something physically obvious or quantifiable by others is happening. The benefits and change do not have to be verified by others anyway! However the internal changes can be visible through a …

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. …

Wax On. Wax Off.

I’m a lazy kinda person you know. Or at least I have the potential to be lazy; I kinda fantasize a lot about putting my feet up and veggin’ on the sofa; but as I get older I find my tolerance for sitting around for long periods has sadly diminished :); not at all as refined as it was in …

Cut Your Toenails BEFORE you Come to Yoga Class !

YOGA TIP OF THE DAY: TO AVOID INJURY IN YOGA CUT YOUR TOENAILS BEFORE YOU COME TO CLASS ! If you have been practicing Yoga a while you might be familiar with a few of these little common ‘wounds’ that can occur. Tiny bruises on your hip bones from balancing on them in Full Locust (I was very fond of …

Come Back to Your Yoga Practice

~ ! We’ve missed you shiny happy people! ~ It is always hard to find the right words for something that is essentially experiential. Words are limiting; my explanations seem so pale when compared to the wealth of the actual Bikram experience. But words have a place; they might motivate you back to class or into your first class so …

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 🙂

Life is Difficult

Hello. I love ‘journey’s; and constantly re-checking that I am on the right journey and not at the wrong destination! I am going to blatantly paraphrase the first paragraph of ‘The Road Less Travelled’ chapter title “Life is Difficult” which could easily translate to “Bikram Yoga is a Challenge” 🙂 . As with many things in life the premise of …

Bikram Lineage – a little nugget of info (more to come later date)

A few people have asked recently questions drawing out the lineage of Bikram method and also the conflict between Yoga championships and the purpose of Yoga. Subsequently I share here something which may be of interest – a unique photo of Bikram and Iyengar taken July 09 Pune, India where they spent time talking about various relationships between the gurus, …

Where to Find Peace?

Attendance at YM classes can be high and with a lot of bodies comes a lot of energy and activity. YM does value and appreciate serenity, calm, quiet and peace but we do encourage conversation before class.  YM is a dynamic and stimulating place to be and I LOVE it when I enter the yoga room to find it buzzing with …