Light On… Credits 2020

Dear YM Bikram Yogis, Ever so grateful to practitioners for welcoming YM back on 12th June. Happy to be with you all every day. ‘Pure generosity’ invested in credits whilst we were closed and such investment helped us keep ticking over paying ‘normal’ bills that cropped up during the course of the year. We know the gov’t recommended speaking to …

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 …

EVERYone smiles in the same language!

‘National Smile Month’ 18May-18June primarily has an oral hygiene focus thus ‘improving the quality of your smile’. It has reminded me of a story I’d like to share ~ A Tale From Circa Early 90s ~  PREFACE:  “ ‘Thou shalt not’ might reach the head, but it takes ‘ONCE UPON A TIME’ TO REACH THE HEART.” Said Phillip Pullman INTRODUCTION: …

KARMA COLA

“READING GIVES US SOMEPLACE TO GO WHEN WE HAVE TO STAY WHERE WE ARE” I have often been asked for a ‘recommended reading list’ re Yoga; I have steered clear because I am so aware whilst I have read hundreds of books on the subject there are many more I haven’t read.  It is not hard to google for such …

LOVE YourSelf

It seems these days there is a lot of intelligence in the service of madness! There is a lot of pain on display. Don’t stare at it 24/7.  Open up your ‘news feeds’ click like on the positives and LOOK CLOSER. There is a BIG ‘movement’ out there not going with the pain.  Yoga has been embraced globally, Yes? People …

LOVE JERSEY GIRL

Jersey does have a few lovely sculptures but when ‘JERSEY GIRL’ was first revealed it immediately became MY FAVOURITE of them all!   One of the best things about this sculpture is its lack of sophistication.  My little brain doesn’t need a prompt to help me understand it. Yes I am sure it has a formal specific ‘grand’ intention for its …

~WORRIES OF A LOCKED IN BIKRAM YOGI INSTRUCTOR~

My teaching skills are disappearing! Whilst the ‘Dialogue’ is ever present fundamental structure of our classes I NEVER know what I am going to say from one class to the next because each class dynamic is so different. Instructing is as much an exercise in ‘not’ saying anything as it is saying something. But STILL in order to be able …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 🙂 …

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 …

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 …

THIS is the problem with Bikram Yoga

LOL.  ApPARently! There is someone out there subtly trying to undermine Bikram Yoga most likely in the hopes of building their own empire on any ruins they create! Yeah, I know. Old. Isn’t it! LOL. For a personal ‘amuse’, I thought I would randomly pick an ‘undermining’ article and finally just address.every.thing.in.it.  Yeah, I know, surely I have better things …

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 …

Mad Mat Matters II

Meandering through a dept store in London this was sticking out (see pic) from a pile of mats and it drew my attention.  It made me laugh ~ Yes! there are worse mats (no grip/bad quality) and there are thinner/thicker mats (grounding /light /bouncy /cushioning) but I always think the idea of a ‘Beginners’ Yoga ‘mat’ (which I see more …

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 …

ARE WE KNOWIN’ WHERE WE’RE GOIN’ WITH BIKRAM TRIANGLE?

Well we know where we’re goin’ But we don’t know where we’ve been And we know what we’re knowin’ But we can’t say what we’ve seen And we’re not little children And we know what we want And the future is certain Give us time to work it out… I ask you: If Bikram Triangle is not practiced as #9 …

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 …

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 …

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) …

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 …

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. …

Method in the Madness!

This post might help you when explaining to friends/family how a Bikram Yoga class works 🙂 A Bikram Yoga class is not the place for deep meaningful explanations about all elements of Yoga. We can only ever share ‘snapshot’ ‘nutshell’ insights within the 90 minutes instruction. There is a method in our teaching style.  Bikram teachers are taught to teach …

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 …

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.  …

Stiff As a Board V. Bendy Like a Pretzel

My friend remembered a conversation we had recently and tagged me in a clip yesterday (attached https://www.facebook.com/BarcroftTV/videos/1052132741466371/) and… it got me thinking… 🙂 Walk down the street and look closely. There’s an epidemic. (No. Not Pretzelitis.) Everywhere stiff, tense people. It’s hard to recognize as being different; it even seems normal because let us face it; Life just keeps adding …

Ghosh

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 ‘something wonderful’. We veer between LOVING what we do and being absolutely …

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! …

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 …

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 …

Shapes & Numbers Celebrations

8 is my daughter today (best thing I ever made), 4 is YM (best chance I ever took), 16 years ago I ‘found’ Darren in a tent (there’s a tale! best man I ever found), 26 years ago I landed in Jersey (best move I ever made), 17 years ago this month I walked into my first Bikram Yoga class …

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 …

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 …

“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 …

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 …

Bikram Yoga and Weight Loss addressed

Bikram says ~ ‘You’re never too old, never too bad, never too late and never too sick to start from the scratch once again.’ I’m going to add ‘Never Too Fat ! OK ~ I’m gonna address it. Someone asked again last night about weight loss and I also saw a post on the controversy over the Victoria Secret advert …

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 …

Its Not a Numbers Thing or Anything

Many product ads abound ‘Look Good Feel Better’ usually with a pic of a glowing and ‘Very Good Looking Model’ to represent how the ‘Feel Better’ quality Looks. Sadly 🙂 I’m no Elle McP but during Yoga today I did marvel at just HOW GOOD I FEEL now at 44. I definitely feel ‘Prana, Chi, Life Force, Energy, Light, call …

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 …

Bow~WOW Asana!

Looky Looky Get ready world – a new batch of Bikram teachers comin’ off the training soon. I know why they are spending ‘$11,000+the rest’ and putting themselves through NINE weeks of INTENSIVE training. When I did mine I had saved for years to be able to enroll and even then at the last stage I had to get a …

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 …

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 …

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. …

Bad Bunny !

Notes from a trip to meet Mary Jarvis Snr Bikram Yoga Instructor… So anyway, whilst in Brighton I asked MJ to take a look at my ‘Shocking Rabbit’ 🙂 (just to see if she could minister to it). I am proud to say she said “It’s not the worst Rabbit I’ve ever seen”.  I said “you haven’t seen it first …

Who Am I to Define Bikram Yoga?

It doesn’t belong to me. It doesn’t belong to Bikram. It is for each practitioner to discover and define for themselves. But the teacher has to try to give a sense of it to those who havn’t experienced it, especially when you hear of it being limited to a form of exercise or a script.  Also, BY is NOT exclusive. Maybe …

How We Roll

YM IS A DEDICATED YOGA STUDIO on Rue De Funchal teaching the Bikram method; this means there are no other activities in the space that are not compatible with the activity of Yoga. WE STRIVED TO FIND A SPACE in which we could create a particular environment conducive to the practice of Yoga so that everyone choosing to enter and use …

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. …

“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 …

An Ounce of Practice …

PRACTICE is the only way to develop your Yoga to bring about the benefits. CONCENTRATION is required in the pose. Conscious setting up a REGULAR BREATH (Pranayama at the beginning) and continued attention to regulation of breath is necessary to develop your clarity of mind. Proper RELAXATION is essential part of the Bikram method (contract and relax). Constant attention to …

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 …