Archive | inspiration

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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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 ww.lionsroar.com 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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Two inspirational teachers

Chloe Fremantle and Paramananda Chloe is one of the yoga teachers I’ve worked most closely with over the last ten or more years. Today I had the pleasure of attending a whole day of yoga and breathing with her at her home in London. A highly perceptive, creative and dedicated yoga teacher, Chloe trained with […]

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Autumn Inspiration

  Please wait for the light of the moon- the mountain path Is covered with fallen chestnuts Ryokan   Autumn stimulates a new and familiar rhythm.  The weather, and changes in nature, the return to the patterns of daily life all encourage us to reflect and slow down…Detachment, loss, withdrawal are the characteristics which define […]

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