Author Archive | Cara

The earth is always turning

Here is a new poem and a beautiful picture of a rainbow over the moorland in North Wales the day after my mother’s partner Doug’s recent funeral   The earth is always turning The earth is always turning on its axis a ceaseless shift from day to night and only from under a dark cloak […]

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2018 classes and workshops

Details of my 2018 classes are now available here I’m starting a new general level class on a Wednesday morning. Please contact me to find out more and to register interest.  As with all my classes there is a maximum of eight students to ensure individual attention. I’m very excited about a workshop I’m co-teaching […]

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The Lotus of the Heart

I’ve not posted in a long term as 2017 has been a very difficult and tumultuous year for me. One positive outcome is that I’ve started writing poetry for the first time in 16 years… The lotus of the heart The heart has four chambers and takes four vows one the promise of the nut-brown […]

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The qualities of the heart

Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra 1.33 says that the mind becomes clear and serene when the qualities of the heart are cultivated  These qualities are the same as those referred to in Buddhist teachings as the Brahma Viharas – divine abidings – which represent the most beautiful and hopeful aspects of our human nature. They are great healers […]

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The centre and the whole

This class is inspired by Move without Pain by Martha Peterson, a really useful book which was recommended to me by fellow yoga teacher Morgan Marshall.  There are some great exercises in it, and I particularly like what she has to say about core strengthening: ‘…conditioned and toned abdominals are important, as is a conditioned and […]

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The poetry of movement

This is an article that was published in the Summer 2016 edition of Namaste – the magazine of the British Wheel of Yoga South East Region: The Poetry of Movement by Cara Bowen Movement is the song of the body Vanda Scaravelli, Awakening the Spine Vanda Scaravelli was a musician as well as a yoga teacher, […]

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Cultivating happiness

My practice and teaching are currently inspired by a wonderful article on five ways to nurture happiness by Thich Nhat Hanh from inspirational Buddhist website read the full piece here Here are the five ways with some of my favourite quotes… 1. Letting go ” The first method of creating joy and happiness is to cast […]

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Jnana mudra

This hand position can provide a focus for the mind in asana practice, relaxation and meditation. Keeping the centre of the palms soft, touch the pads of the thumb and index (first) finger together, keeping the other fingers long but gently curving.  With the palms facing up this is jnana mudra (gesture of consciousness), when […]

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Skin – skeleton – breath

A meditation in lying, sitting and standing Lying Settling Start lying on your back, either with your knees bent and feet standing on the floor hip-width apart (good if you have any lower back tension) or with your legs long Skin Bring your awareness to your skin by slapping your hands on your thigh muscles […]

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