On Sangha

Yoga texts old and new talk about sangha, and sat-sangha. Sangha is community, or an assembly of people, and sat-sangha (which is a term often to describe a gathering of people coming together to discuss life and philosophy and yoga) means ‘good company’. Yoga and yogis emphasise the importance of building and looking after your […]

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Yogaskrit at Colourfest 2017

Sunshine in a field; yogaskrit in a tent. The first weekend of this month was Colourfest – a festival of yoga and good feels, in Dorset. I had the pleasure of leading a workshop based on the stuff I’ve been writing about here – a bit of phenomenological anthropology, some asana and meditation, yoga mythology […]

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Niyama in Yoga and Art: Saucha

I’ve been thinking and writing lately about Yama and Niyama: two of the eight limbs of yoga described in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. They’re sort of like a yogic blueprint for connecting with the self, the universe and everything – guidelines for how to live well. Loosely, the Yama are about how we interact with things external […]

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Losing It (and getting it back)

Everyone I know loses touch with their practice sometimes. Their yoga practice or their art practice, or their practice in any other form. The thing that makes them feel complete. Life gets busy or hard, or both; distractions become more appealing than discipline; and sometimes they genuinely need a break, to unhook the weight of […]

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Oxygen and Art: breathing practice for creativity 


The breath is the deep inquirer, a practitioner in its own right. Sensitive or powerful, quiet or voluminous, the breath awakens the depth body and leads us towards an unknown experience. (Stirk 2015: 69) Of all of the elements that make up a yoga practice, the breath is perhaps the most important. It’s the thread […]

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Epilepsy, Yoga and the Creative Brain

Brains. We’re all working with brains. I started to write this at the beginning of this year, for Purple Day (international epilepsy awareness day), but I gave up because it felt too personal. And I have written a little about this before, but that was for a popular yoga blog and their editors sort of…edited […]

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Bewilderment

“I understand nothing”, he said. He hadn’t recovered from the wonders he had just seen. He never would. “Retain your bewilderment,” said the voice, his guide. “Your bewilderment will serve you well.” – Ben Okri, 1995, in Astonishing the Gods.   Bewilderment. In yoga and in art, bewilderment is valuable. In yoga, you’ll often hear people […]

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Mythology and Freedom and Making Things

Over the last few weeks I’ve been planning a workshop with a fellow yoga teacher, Namita. It’s a workshop all about a specific asana, Natarajasana, with a physical and meditative practice that draws inspiration from the mythology behind the pose. And it got me thinking about how the myths and stories that sit – often […]

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Connecting Inwards and Outwards: movement and art

Movement helps us to think. You’ve probably experienced this in lots of different ways, consciously or unconsciously – maybe staring at a page/screen trying to work and getting frustrated with nothing happening, and then getting up and moving around a bit and finding that the idea which was just out of your grasp before takes […]

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Inspiration Pauses and the Unworrying Work of Yoga

“Biting my truant pen, beating myself for spite: “Fool!” said my muse to me, “look in thy heart, and write.” (Sidney 1591) ‘Writer’s block’ is one of those phrases that people argue about a lot; debated and often disregarded, plenty of people – writers included – don’t like it, or don’t believe in it. For […]

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