Holiday Reading

I know it’s usual to read a trashy novel while you are on your holibobs…

But maybe this year try something new? Why not settle down to a bit of yoga reading? You never know you might find it motivates you to do a bit of summer yoga.

 

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My trusty yoga bible – if you only get one yoga book in your life, make it this one. It really does include everything you need to know. Some (about 10 percent) is a little bit bonkers, and really only for those having been brought up in the East with yoga since they were a kid – but the majority is sensible stuff giving plenty of background reading to the topics we cover in class. Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha by Sw Satyanada Saraswati

Pain free

Not a yoga book but this is a must for anyone living with a pain in the (insert your area here). Pete Egoscue has a fantastic, down to earth approach to pain – really that you have caused it by your own health and habits and that you can cure it by altering your ways… It’s not exactly yoga but uses many of the principles and asanas with a matter of fact ‘get off your butt’ manner. Please let me know if you get a copy and follow the advice, I’m always curious to find out how people have got on. Pain Free by Pete Egoscue

Mudras book

This book is a fabulous course in yoga for the hands and shows all the various mudras and asana practices for overcoming lifes ups and downs. It’s an enjoyable read to pick up and put down besides being a great guide for mudra and meditation. Yoga in you Hands by Gertrud Hirschi.

All I want for Christmas…

As Christmas is coming up I thought you might like to see a selection of the books I draw inspiration from… they may make an excellent stocking filler for yourself or perhaps for a loved one –

Pain free

This book is a must for anyone living with a pain in the (insert your area here). Pete Egoscue has a fantastic, down to earth approach to pain – really that you have caused it by your own health and habits and that you can cure it by altering your ways… It’s not exactly yoga but uses many of the principles and asanas with a matter of fact ‘get off your butt’ manner. Please let me know if you get a copy and follow the advice, I’m always curious to find out how people have got on. Pain Free by Pete Egoscue

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My trusty yoga bible – if you only get one yoga book in your life, make it this one. It really does include everything you need to know. Some (about) 10 percent is a little bit bonkers, and really only for those having been brought up in the East with yoga since they were a kid – but the majority is sensible stuff giving plenty of background reading to the topics we cover in class. Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha by Sw Satyanada Saraswati

Mudras book

If you have enjoyed the mudras we have been working on this year – then this is the one for you. This book is a fabulous course in yoga for the hands and shows all the various mudras and asana practices for overcoming lifes ups and downs. It’s an enjoyable read to pick up and put down besides being a great guide for mudra and meditation. Yoga in you Hands by Gertrud Hirschi

mudras cards

Again by Gertrud Hirschi, this is a pack of 68 cards each containing a mudra and practice – if you have enjoyed these in class then this is a perfect gift for you! I would recommend sorting the cards into the different themes so that you can select a calming practice, for example at night and a more recharging practice in the morning. On the other hand, you could always just chose one and work on that for a month or so… or chose the one that is offering the healing that you require at that time. Endless possibilities! Enjoy Mudras for your body, mind and spirit by Gertrud Hirschi

 

Well Done Jean!

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Congratulations to Jean from the Wednesday morning group in Ryhall.  She was the happy  winner from our summer lucky dip.  The prize was the Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha book – a treasured guide book of yoga techniques from the Yoga Publications Trust, Mungar, Bihar, India.  This book makes an excellent reference for any practitioner and I know that Jean will put it to great use.

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Many of the black and white images of the ‘blissful yogi’ (as I call him) come from this book. Each technique comes with a clear description of how to do it, how to breathe and what to concentrate on while your doing it.  So, many levels of focus for the beginner and advanced yogi.  If you only get 1 yoga book this is the one to have.

I’m not asleep – honest!

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Yoga Nidra means yogic sleep.  This is a form of relaxation/meditation that takes you to a deep, healing place where the body and mind can be truly relaxed and yet still conscious.

We usually lie in Shavasana on our backs and cover the body as during the process the body temperature falls.   The practice varies slightly from tradition to tradition and teacher to teacher. My teaching comes from 10 years practice with my teacher where I found it a brilliant way to really unwind and let go of all tensions in my mind.   Within the scope of a 90 minute yoga class we have limited time – a 15 minute relaxation is a simplified version of the full practice but this is often sufficient for profoundly relaxion.  If you would like to develop your practice further I recommend CD1 from Swami Pragyamurti’s set.

You can buy Swami Pragyamurti’s CD’s at yogamatters – these CD’s are a tremendous resource – so clear and easy to understand.  I must emphasise that you should work through the CD’s in order.  This is a profound practice that can really be a life-changing experience.

Master Class with Ann Rodgers

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On Wednesday 17th July (the last class of term) Ann Rodgers will be returning to Ryhall Village Hall to take the 7.15 – 8.45 class.

Ann has been a yoga teacher for many years and is a fountain of knowledge and experience.  She retired from her weekly classes in June last year, but has continued to teach privately and is following her own study and development of ‘yoga and the mind’.

Ann was one of the first teachers to train at the Satyananda Mandala Yoga Ashram in Wales and has spent time in India at the Bihar School, Mungar.

Students, old and new look forward to welcoming her back and having a lovely end of term class.

All welcome, please book in advance by emailing me here

Master Class With Ann Rodgers

Ann

On Wednesday 19th December (the last class of term) Ann Rodgers will be coming to Ryhall Village Hall to take the 7.15 – 8.45 class.

Ann has been a yoga teacher for many years and is a fountain of knowledge and experience.  She retired from her weekly classes in June this year, but has continued to teach privately and is following her own study and development of ‘yoga and the mind’.

Ann was one of the first teachers to train at the Satyananda Mandala Yoga Ashram in Wales and has spent time in India at the Bihar School, Mungar.

Students, old and new look forward to welcoming her back and having a little Christmas celebration after the class.

All welcome, please book in advance by emailing me here

Retreat, Relax, Refresh

I was at a retreat over the weekend (Dec 1-2nd) with some very special yoga teachers called ‘Swamis’.  It was a wonderful 48 hour immersion into deep yoga practices.  The focus of our work was the Chakras – energy centres which the ancient yogis sensed within the body that correspond uncannily to the endocrine system.  (How did they know that all those thousands of years ago?) 

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Swami Shraddhamurti (pictured with me above) and Swami Chetanmurti (pictured below) led the course.  It was an experiential course to deepen our understanding and awareness of the Chakras – showing how they influence our lives.  The yoga techniques were traditional Satyananda  – both Swamis having been initiated into Sannyasa (a person who dedicates their life to yoga) in 1982 by Swami Satyananda in the Munger Ashram in India.

“Awakening the Chakras should be related to our day to day life…  When the Chakras are awakened the mind automatically changes.  Your values in life also change and the quality of your love and relationships improve immensely, enabling you to balance our the frustrations and disappointments in life.  Then you are able to live a little higher than you do now, and your attitude towards yourself and towards this life is much better…  As far as I can see, true contentment can only be gained by systematic awakening of the Chakras.”  Swami Satyananda Saraswati

Our venue was the beautiful Wortley Hall near Sheffield.  We were very well catered for and looked after by the staff at the hall and the organisers of the course – Sheffield Yoga School.

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Swami Shraddhamurti and Swami Chetanmurti run the Galway Yoga Centre in Ireland.  They run yoga days, weekend and longer courses to enable people to go deeper into the practices of yoga, breathing and meditation.  I certainly hope to get over there one day.