Rootlessness

By the time I was seven years old, I had lived in seven different houses, and my family’s itinerary spanned three countries and two continents. There followed a seven year reprieve, of relative stability in rural Suffolk, where I gradually found my marks, and some roots, climbing (and falling out of) trees, catching tadpoles and […]

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Facing Injury without Fear

For most of us, at some time or another one or more body parts will begin to cause concern. Fortunately this is often temporary, and the body’s extraordinary resilience and natural intelligence deal with the issue, provided we cooperate and, where necessary, take appropriate action. Having an injury or weakened area is particularly frustrating when […]

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What is yoga?

If we look first at the meaning of the word, then yoga is the union of the individual consciousness, or soul, with the universal consciousness – or to put it simply, the union of the invidual with the Divine. The word also refers to a Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, incorporating physical and mental practices, […]

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Yoga makes you feel good?

It is generally accepted that yoga is healthy, and will make you feel good. The brochure from Yoga Bharata (my present teacher Bharath Shetty’s school) confidently states: “Yoga Increases: feeling of wellness, Positive attitude, Energy levels, Circulation, Memory, Concentration, Social Skills, Strength, Self-acceptance, Flexibility etc.” While in my experience yoga definitely enhances well-being, and even […]

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