Valentine’s Day is the one day in the year set aside to celebrate romantic love. And boy oh boy, do we need some reasons to be happy at the moment. Politically, things are looking gloomy, but that’s all the more reason for looking to the ones we love and getting all joyful about them. On Valentine’s Day we celebrate our heart’s beloved and shower them with cards and gifts, or even better, are on the receiving end of all the cards and gifts. And the emblem of all this romantic love – sent billions of times as a heart emoticon? The good old heart. (more…)
What is drishti? Concisely, drishti is a focused gaze. We might have attempted to use it in yoga classes, especially when we’re endeavouring to balance in tree pose, but there is much more to this topic than meets the eye – or gaze.
Let’s put drishti under the microscope. The Sanskrit word drishti literally means ‘sight’. But in the context of yoga, drishti is more than seeing, it is about focusing the gaze on one specific point in order to move the attention of the mind inwards. It is a way of developing concentrated intention through the sense of sight. (more…)
A good career, enough money, great health, a good time and spiritual fulfilment – too much to ask? Surely you can’t have it all?
Well, actually, yes you can. Desire is what makes us human, and by understanding what the heart truly wants, we can uncover our soul’s deepest desires to live a well balanced and happy life. We hear so often in yoga circles that attachment to desire is bad, that wanting things is not very “yogic”, and that we’re supposed to be living a life of unattached bliss. What if I was to tell you that all your desires — a good job, wealth and health, pleasure and spiritual fulfilment — were part of your spiritual journey? (more…)
There is one thing that you can guarantee all yoga teachers will share: a love of yoga. Apart from that, the only other thing you can guarantee is that they will be entirely different. And that’s what’s so great about them!
But, there is a clichéd view that if you’re a yoga teacher you should be a vegetarian (at the very least). You should also be a teetotal, green-juice quaffing, new-age hipster, wearing mala beads and smelling gently of incense.
And if you ARE exactly like that, then how 100% cool, but if you’re not, it doesn’t mean you’re any less of a yoga teacher. Or does it?
I gave up eating meat in my twenties, but when I fell pregnant I started eating it again as my body was craving meat. Now, with a fast metabolism and a busy and active life, I still eat meat occasionally, but I do question whether this is in line with the principles of yoga. And I know I’m not alone.
So, does it go against the principles of yoga to eat meat? (more…)
Many people are attracted to yoga by its physicality rather than its spirituality. Teaching some simple deep breathing techniques is a great way to introduce pranayama to novice yogis.