Is there Meaning in Your Life?

A recent article about the key behind the longevity of Japanese people found that, amongst the usual reasons of healthy diet and a non-sedentary lifestyle, a ‘sense of meaning’ was a key contributor the high proportion of centenarians in this country.  The Japanese term (“Ikigai”) translates roughly to “Why I wake up every morning.”  Now […]

Chakras – Centres of Energy

Have you ever wondered about the meaning of the wall hangings on the front window and shala door? Both depict the symbols and distinct colours associated with each individual chakra, or ‘energy wheel’.  Each chakra is associated with certain limbs and glands as well as psychosomatic functions.  Knowledge about the influence of each chakra on […]

Happiness Doesn’t Come from Headstands

Children’s wisdom “Happiness doesn’t come from Headstands” is a beautiful children’s book about self-acceptance and resilience, telling the story of the little girl Leela’s futile attempts to master a headstand. But Leela’s story is really applicable to all of us, reminding us that real (i.e. lasting) happiness does not come from outside sources (whether that […]

Preventing Wrist Injuries in Yoga

Particularly if you are new to yoga, you may find some postures (Plank, Chaturanga or Downward Facing Dog) a bit challenging.  But even regular practioners may at times experience some discomfort in the wrists when doing certain postures.  The reason for wrist soreness lies in the mostly limited use of our wrists (particularly if you […]

Reflections and Transformations

Many of us have the tendency to look to the outside, for a ‘magic cure’, to seek solutions that are ideally easy, painless and quick to solve our problems .  And you may find something that will temporarily fix whatever you thought needed fixing.   But over time, you may discover that something deeper down is still […]

Teaching Yoga?

A student recently asked me what the most rewarding thing was about being a yoga teacher.  This gave me a chance to pause and reflect on what it actually means being a ‘yoga teacher’.  When I first decided to do a teacher training, teaching was the last thing on my mind (or so I told […]

Get in touch with your emotions?

We are often told to “get in touch with our emotions”.  Whether it is because others want to justify their emotional state or we should release some old childhood scars or unleash so-called ‘buried’ emotions.  Getting in touch with our emotions is often seen as a good, if not therapeutic or cathartic process.  Allow me […]

Stimulus, Pause, Response

“Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space lies our freedom and our power to choose our response. In those choices lies our growth and our happiness.” Have you found yourself in a situation where some little auto-pilot in your brain took over, determining what you said, how you reacted and how […]