We support your Ashtanga yoga as a lifestyle with the Keen on Yoga blog. Adam and our network of colleagues, peers and friends provide content to help with challenges and struggles you may encounter along the way. All branches of practice are covered, including asana, yoga philosophy and healthy eating.

Our aim is that by sharing this journey of practice from many angles and perspectives and combined years of experience, we can lend a hand in not only guiding but inspiring, enriching and supporting your process.

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Quality Over Quantity in Practice – Less is More

The trouble is, from every angle in the modern-world these days we are given to believe that more is, indeed, always, more. We have been...
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Ashtanga Yoga Myths

In a group talk with students the other day someone referred to a teacher as being strict.  This got me wondering what that actually meant, and...
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Yoga For Uncertainty

Yoga is learning how to ‘un-know’ Patanjali starts The Yoga Sutras ‘now starts yoga’. This, seemingly obvious statement is, perhaps, the most profound he makes. ...
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Developing a Home Yoga Practice

Developing a home yoga practice can feel daunting but it does not need to be so. The Mysore style of Ashtanga self-practice can however, be...
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Thoughts on Mysore

Mysore, the home of Ashtanga yoga. The Authorised Teacher. The Mysore Magic If Sharath sees it, it must be OK. Paying respects Stability, patience and...
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Whos’ the Darth Vadar in the room?

Are we not meant to be doing Ujayi? We have all been in a class where one person is offering a reasonable challenge to our...
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What is Hatha Yoga?

The term ‘hatha’ is quite widely and generally translated as relating to the intention in balancing sun-moon (ha-tha), representative of the same effort directed towards...
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Ashtanga Yoga Moon Days

Even as a relative beginner, you get to know about Ashtanga yoga moon days pretty early on. The idea of taking a day off or...
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Benefits of Ritual and Routine in Ashtanga

Perhaps, the most helpful aspect of the way Ashtanga yoga is set up is down to the sense of routine or ritual it adds to...
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Book Review – Yoga and Ayurveda

Book Review Yoga and Ayurveda (David Frawley, lotus press 1999) Ayurveda is essential for any serious yoga student. For, Yoga is the science of Knowledge,...
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Practicing Yoga Through The Winter

Every season has a quality; both metaphorically, to do with the changes in life, but also, literally, as embodied in the yearly cycle. Yoga is...
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The Lifestyle of Ashtanga Yoga and Relationships

To get up regularly, early in the morning, demands discipline. But more than this it demands a whole lifestyle. Because, in order that morning Practise...
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When Should We Take a Break From Asana Practice?

When should we take a break from asana practice is a question I am often asked. Yoga is wider than the physical only. So, practice...
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Yoga Adjustments

Nb. This is me, I admit. All of us change over time with experience - as these photos show. My attitude towards adjustments has changed...
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Yoga: Tradition or Freedom?

[Nb: picture shows a non traditional formulation of Ardha badha panda paschimatanasana. In this case I am working the thoracic area rather than pulling forward...
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Ashtanga and Addiction

Am I addicted to my Yoga Practise, and is this a problem? We are all addicts. It’s the nature of life; we want the pleasurable,...
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My Experience Learning to Eat For Health

I used to feel overwhelmed shopping in supermarkets. This is not to exaggerate; the experience of staring at aisles full of choices often meant I...
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The Loneliness of the Long Term Mysore Practitioner

  ‘Less is more’. (Pierre Seghir,  one of my first teachers, Crete) ‘The struggle itself toward the heights is enough to fill a man’s heart....
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A Question of Yoga Diet

  We started with a food-blog over 10 years ago. We called it ‘Yogi’s kitchen’. The recipes and pictures chronicled our new-found Veganism and exposure...
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Is Stopping Students in Practice a Useful Teaching Technique?

  This is the current style of teaching as it’s passed down from Mysore. Teachers trained here usually carry on this approach where sometimes the...
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What We Can Learn From Reading The Ancient Greeks

  Feelings + Reasoning = Happiness   We’ve heard of Socrates, maybe, Plato and Aristotle, but we’re used to thinking of all this as not...
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Tips for Downward Facing Dog

  (Adho mukha svanasana)   This is a posture you probably spend most time in throughout your whole practice. It’s fundamental then, that we get...
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If It’s Not About Stretching, What is Yoga?

There's a myth going on now that stretching and being flexible is an unquestionable goal. Somewhere along the line, the ability to touch your toes,...
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How To Avoid The Pitfalls of Guru Worship

The fact that we hurt each other is hardly surprising. That we are able to turn a blind eye to each other’s suffering, neither. Truly,...
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Yoga Like Martial Arts

Yoga should've been considered more like a martial art. It's a huge disservice that it hasn't been approached this way; perhaps, minus, avoiding the ostensible...
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The Shape is Only The Start of the Posture

In the early days of practice it's enough to just do the asana. Then, when we've finally struggled into it, it can take all our...
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Reflections on The Role of a Yoga Teacher

The role of the yoga teacher is not an easy one to navigate. Learning is not done by gathering information. Often a student has arrived...
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Don’t Let Yoga Ruin Your Life

When you first get into yoga it's like the first flushes of a new relationship. Everything is perfect with it, it's what you've always been...
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Don’t Sweat The Big Stuff

It's been clear to me for quite a while that if I want to sell a workshop, the topics on the flyer are jump-thru/back or...
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Just Ashtanga Primary

"Just primary today", or, "I'll only do primary".  I hear this all the time from students. Like, any seasoned teacher, you learn to hold your...
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