A Space to Be, Yoga

Sunday 3 July – Yoga and the Environment

When I was asked to teach a workshop on the theme of 'Yoga and the Environment' I immediately said 'yes'. From 'Being in the Cycles' to 'Mother Earth Has Got Your Back', my yoga practice and teaching has always been infused with imagery from the natural world and is part of a wider relationship with… Continue reading Sunday 3 July – Yoga and the Environment

A Space to Be, Being in the Cycles

Imbolc / Yama

Imbolc is a wonderful time to consider the first of Patanjali's eight limbs of yoga - Yama - as this guidance is all about our relationships. As we move through the gate out of winter hibernation to be more 'in the world', we can perhaps bring more awareness or consciousness to how we treat ourselves… Continue reading Imbolc / Yama

A Space to Be, Separate Together Retreat

Opening from Within (aparigraha)

My classes this month have contained opportunities to explore opening and closing and what I have been describing as 'unfurling' - a journey from flexion to extension. For me, unfurling implies an opening that somehow seems to come from inside us. This is the way I understand aparigraha.  Aparigraha is the fifth of the yama, usually translated… Continue reading Opening from Within (aparigraha)

A Space to Be, Separate Together Retreat

Lines in the Sand (brahmacarya)

The fourth yama is brahmacarya. This Sanskrit word has various connotations in Indian culture. It means celibacy, but is also to do with the phase of our life when we are young and still learning and developing - a time perhaps we should be concentrating on our studies and avoiding distractions. I choose to interpret… Continue reading Lines in the Sand (brahmacarya)

A Space to Be, Separate Together Retreat

Online – Sunday Night Flow and Restore – Yama

Sunday evening online classes continue throughout July on the theme of yama. We will explore the yama through accessible asana and restorative practice. If you have any specific concerns about your ability to participate please contact me before the class. Typically the class will include some movement from standing or seated, followed by supported postures, relaxation and a meditative practice.

A Space to Be, Separate Together Retreat

Treading Lightly (asteya)

"Walk as if you were kissing the earth with your feet"Thich Nhat Hanh The third of the yama is asteya which means not-stealing. Although I'm sure we are all honest and trustworthy people in this community, a practice of asteya might also include attention to situations in which we might inadvertently 'steal' someone's words, time,… Continue reading Treading Lightly (asteya)