Yoga Practice

When Should I Start Intermediate Series?

When should I start intermediate series is a question that often comes up pretty early in Ashtanga practice. The second series was originally taught to...
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Ashtanga Yoga Breathing – Is It Ujjayi Breath?

The Breathing in Ashtanga Yoga - Is it ujjayi? An incredibly common question to hear from students is what is the correct breathing in ashtanga...
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Can you learn Ashtanga Yoga Online?

With lockdown looming, I remember that last week in the London studio where I had taught for over ten years. As most of the shops...
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Is Ashtanga Yoga Hard?

"Is Ashtanga Yoga Hard?" I am asked this question often and it's asked a most common internet search. Well, as always, it depends on what...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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