My Yogi Blog

"Listen to your body" I repeat this short powerful phase in classes with the hope that a person may hear it.  However, more often than not I see people ignoring this piece of advice.  As a result, I witness the most gentle, soft spoken, peaceful person being quite violent and brutally negligent of practising “Ahimsa” (non-violence to self).    Questions raised... How is it we can be so gentle, caring and understanding of the short comings of others but be ...
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Trataka in Sanskrit means to “look or gaze”. In Hathaa yoga we use it as a crea to cleanse and strengthen the eyes and it is a meditation which involves staring at a single point such as a flower, black dot or a candle flame. It is said to activate the energy of the “third eye” and increase your intuition, improve memory and concentration. It is a practice used to concentrate the mind on one visual point which then activates ...
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The current situation we find ourselves in is challenging in lots of ways for both you as Students and your Parents.  Stress levels are up, tempers may be short fused, caged animal syndrome maybe setting in.  As students the pressures of exams, not being in normal school routine and the uncertainty of exams taking place is an added and intensifying level of stress for you.  On top of that you also have Covid-19 to contend with. BREATHE…. You can do ...
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I was asked if I am actually doing the boogie song every morning. The answer is yes!! Just ask my neighbor's. Its turned up good and loud as I personally love when I FEEL the beat. I take off around my kitchen table with hips wriggling, shoulders shaking, arms flying, grooving and moving as if I was taking on John Travolta in a dance off. Why? Why not?! The alternative is to sit, ponder life as we know it right ...
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Silver Birch is a tree that always catches my eye, so much so, I planted 8 of these beautiful trees in the front garden with another 7 thriving out in the back garden. I just love how its trunk stands out from all the other trees and can be recognised anywhere with its magnificent white peeling bark. I love its elegance, how it rises majestically up into the sky with thin wispy branches adorned with small delicate leaves. I have ...
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I LOVE it! When every so often out of the blue I get asked a question which makes me stop, go WHAT?!  ……. Where is this coming from?! …………  Then I have to actually think and really ponder the answer before I reply.  This week I got asked such a question. Out of nowhere I got asked by a friend …. “Has the time since you turned 50 been tougher than usual?” A WHAT???!!!! Moment. My friend continued to advise ...
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MEGA YOGA ADVENTURE Would you like to deepen your yoga practice in the foothills of the highest peak on the Balkan Peninsula? Find stillness and calm amidst the rustling leaves of forest trees? Cleanse your Aura and find deep inner peace within yourself by gushing waterfalls? Maybe you would like to rejuvenate yourself by the flowing waters of some of Bulgaria’s most beautiful rivers? Mindfully ramble in the luscious mountains, home to mountain goats, bears and eagles. Ramble and wander ...
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It’s Tuesday evening so it means it’s Meditation Night and Vesco is back in the studio. This term Vesco has introduced mantra into the classes and I for one was wondering how that would fare out.  We briefly touched on Mantras during my college days and over the years I have picked up gems of information here and there.  Yet Mantras is something that intrigues me and draws me deeper the whole time.  So I was curious to see what ...
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At school, English was always one of my favourite subjects. I think it was because of the creative freedom it granted, especially in essay writing. It was pure escapism for me which I thoroughly enjoyed. I let my imagination run free and I went on wonderful adventures in the process.  I have always loved writing especially when it came to things I was passionate about or held an interest in. Then there is thesaurus, I just love thesaurus. The way ...
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This is one of my Mum's recipes.  I will be honest I have absolutely no idea where she collected the recipe from but this is what I use when I am looking to rustle up something quick, easy and satisfying.  I completely forgot to post this recipe as promsied for you guys and I wouldn't have thought about it now either except that one of you mentioned it this week in class.  My apologies for the delay but better late ...
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Growing old and aging has been swirling around in my thoughts and head on and off for the past number of months now. I found myself sitting in cafes, restaurants, hair salons, standing in line and just simply people watching, listening, taking in and contemplating the various ways people approach old age. Today, the 19th August, I celebrate a landmark birthday as I turn the BIG 50 and the lead up to this is the main reason for my moments ...
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Back in 2007 when I started out in college studying yoga, my focus was on developing my yoga and me.  Even back then I instinctively knew the benefits of yoga and so I chose to do this for me and I poured all my energy into something I loved which gave me huge satisfaction.  Yoga. I placed my focus squarely on developing my personal yoga journey.  My emphasis back then was on doing (to keep my mind occupied), pushing through ...
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Video by Rick Horner on Youtube. I’m crying as I write this because it has brought back so many mixed memories for me and I can’t believe how bad things have become in such a short space of time. I got tagged this morning on facebook by a beautiful person I met and and now have the pleasure of calling a friend when I travelled to Bali a little over a year ago – Emmie Phelan.   Bali as you know ...
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Well my Mum’s apple brack went down a storm today and a miracle did happen, I refrained from cutting into it just to make sure that it was cooked through.  It did actually arrive at the studio in one piece but it left in the bellies of today’s workshop attendees. Before I say anymore, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Vicki Woods for coming and delivering a fabulous morning of Qi Gong.  Vicki drew our awareness to ...
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It is hard to believe that we are in our new abode for well over a month.  What a month it has been.  Extra classes have been added, old and new faces crossed the threshold into the dragonfly hub and we had our first weekend daily workshop presented by Vesco Bondov.  I still find it hard to believe that this is all real and truly happening and not just the creative vision of my mind. What yoga and energy has ...
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