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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Andiappan Bound – training deliberations!

TODAY is always a good day to hop on a curve and learn something new :). I’m off to expand the old knowledge base again Yogis. Yes, I know, I know. YM blackboard says ‘free yourself from knowledge’. But 🙂 my Yoga (or spiritual) name IS Saraswati; She is the Goddess of knowledge, music, arts, wisdom and learning. I did …

Missing Darren

As part of our commitment to teaching we continue to educate ourselves in order to better support our practitioners. So Darren is going on a 3 day intensive Bikram teacher seminar and workshop. It is being conducted by ‘rock star’ Yogi Craig Villani former director of education at the Yoga College of India. “Education is the foundation of Freedom. We …

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 …

Darren’s Yoga Story

INSTRUCTOR PROFILE ~ DARREN So the year is 1999, I’m an asthmatic plumber with a bad back, a dodgy left knee, one kidney and a new girlfriend who is crazy about Bikram Yoga! Not quite sure what Yoga is all about! Maybe floating around a room on a white fluffy cloud? Anyway my back gets worse and after repeated visits …

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 …

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 …

Q. What does a Yoga teacher do when they need a break?

A. Take more Yoga 🙂 Q. Where? A. Brighton, Bikram inthe Lanes (a change is as good as a rest!) Q. With Who? A. Mary Jarvis teacher extraordinaire 🙂 Q. When? A. I will be gone Friday, Saturday and Sunday; Darren will look after all your Yoga needs over the weekend so SCHEDULE as NORMAL at YM :). Take solace …

Darren ~ Instructor Qualifications

I took up Bikram Yoga in 1999 and am a qualified instructor via Bikram’s Yoga College of India (2005) this Teacher Training is a 9 week residential course with a minimum of 600+ hours for completion.  I am a qualified Yoga Therapist having attended and completed the necessary one to one prescription writing and asana training at Ghosh’s College of …

Trisha ~ Instructor Qualifications

I took up Bikram Yoga in 1998 and am qualified to instruct via the Bikram (2001) (for those who LOVE hours: 10billion hrs 🙂 just kidding: 600+hrs) and Sivananda (2005) (500hrs) Schools of Yoga. I have further trained with a specialist in children’s Yoga, Christian Kerr, who is the founder of ‘Calm for Kids’ in the UK (50hrs). I am a …