Yoga, Birth, Creativity and Mumhood

At the beginning of this year I gave birth to a human. Me! I pushed out a baby, and she changed lots of things. My time belongs to her now; even when I’m not with her I’m thinking about her, and aching to be back with her (really actually aching, what is that feeling?!). Pregnancy […]

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Yoga for Creativity at the Horniman Conservatory

With the next workshop coming up this weekend at The Life Centre, I thought it was about time I posted something about the last one! It was…in September. At the AMAZING conservatory at the Horniman Museum in Forest Hill. And it was really very lovely. It was an extra special one because it was accompanied […]

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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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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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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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When Yoga Gets Weird: cave art, consciousness and creativity

If you practise yoga for a while, you’re likely to find out that sometimes things come up that you weren’t expecting at all. Time and time again, fellow yoga students and teachers tell me about “this weird thing that happened” while they were in their zone, using their physical practice to work into the depths […]

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A meditation practice

As promised…time for some action! I’m working on a video to share with you, which will be a whole yoga class for you to try, with the sequence, pranayama (breathing exercises) and meditation exercises specifically geared towards creating space for ingenious ideas to appear in your mind (in theory..). But for now, while the full-class-planning-and-video-logistics-working-out […]

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Yoga as Ritual: How does it help us make things?

“Art, like ritual, is associated with the cultural realm of ideas, symbols and aesthetics; both have a social and a collective dimension and take place in the subjunctive mood, a realm of pure possibility in which experiences generated could introduce innovations into the social structure.” (Jones 2013: 126) There isn’t a lot of research out […]

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Yoga and Creativity: the beginnings of a project

  This is the beginning of a project that has been a little while in the making; its seeds are scattered across pages in notebooks, documents on my computer, notes on my phone and in conversations and musings that have taken place over the last couple of years. There’s no particular goal; like a yoga […]

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