Drawing Meditation: Mandala-making and mindful doodling

Circular symbols exist around the world as part of different cosmologies and religions. They’re often used to represent the universe, the infinite, wholeness. They’re used in serious ways and lighthearted ways, and not exclusively in religious ways. A couple of months ago I was going through some boxes of my old things at my parents’ […]

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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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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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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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