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Heart opening yoga to open the new year

28 January 2014

  The New Year opened with a yoga retreat: Jen Niles lead a superb week of heart opening postures, backbends and headstands. The weather was glorious – sun every day with the occasional much welcome rain squall to freshen up the gardens. The trip to Natewa Bay was a big hit – we didn’t sight [...]

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Nia: free-flow mellow to fast paced hard-ass

24 October 2013

Sophie Marsh is a phenomenon. She has the energy of a meteorite. She has a smile that lights up dark corners. She has an infectious joy in dance that radiates out from her body as she moves. Her class has everyone sweating and grinning and pulsing with energy all through the week. And, in case [...]

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Stay with it….and feel the joy!

21 September 2012

“Stay with it……” That’s the phrase that stays with me from Sophie Marsh’s Nia week. Others too:  “Relax your jaw… and breathe!” or “[there are] no mistakes!” and “Feel the joy”. But that first was my favourite. “Stay with it…..” she calls out….with the music, with the movement, with the moment, with the joy. She [...]

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Wonder in Yoga

2 June 2012

Mark’s week explored wonder in yoga – and wonder generally. Wonder is a multilayered concept and he looked at it from diverse angles: the awe inherent in everyday life, and the curiosity that we can bring to daily experiences. Wonder is one of the 9 rasas or core emotions – the others are Love, Joy, [...]

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Starting the New Year with yoga

4 February 2012

A lovely start to 2012 – a dynamic yoga week with Michelle Jayne. We were up every morning to start the first workshop at 7.30 – and soon sweating hard.  Her practice is influenced by the Power Yoga approach, but her major mentor has been Ana Forrest. She first met Ana when she trained with [...]

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Noah Maze: a gift of confidence

Noah Maze: a gift of confidence

19 December 2011

An extraordinary week with Noah Maze: the experience of learning from him was a daily endorsement of his huge reputation. Noah leads a very strong practice, well beyond the normal comfort zone of at least half the class. But with his meticulous work on the preparation of each pose, and the Anusara based emphasis on [...]

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Yoga with Sons and Daughters

Yoga with Sons and Daughters

14 November 2011

Almost a year ago I spent a week doing yoga with my son at Mark Whitwell’s course in December. I wasn’t the only mum – and so I had the idea of writing about it from the point of view of doing a retreat with your son or daughter. It was subsequently published in Issue [...]

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Nia Dance Retreat with Sophie Marsh - Fiji

Nia: The Moving Meditation of Dance

26 September 2011

It’s 10.00 am and the girls are dancing. It’s 9.30 pm and the girls are dancing. It’s 7.00 am and the girls are dancing. Admittedly they’ve been to bed in between but still – the ENERGY!!!! Nia must harness something in them because they are unstoppable. They dance. They sing. They laugh. They cry. They [...]

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Lotus Sanderson - Yoga Retreat Fiji

Yoga mandalas and general bliss

4 September 2011

The latest yoga retreat was led by Lotus Sanderson, and was a week of great serenity and focus. Lotus brings an extraordinary calm and seriousness of purpose to her practice – and we all came away with a sense of lightness and joy. We learnt that seriousness of purpose doesn’t mean dullness – rather the [...]

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Donna and the Snorkeling Yoginis

So Much More Than Sanskrit and Lentils

11 July 2011

Actually, Donna Gianniotis doesn’t use the Sanskrit names for the asanas in her teaching. She reckons that when people recognise the name they automatically drop into the pose without checking if they are doing it correctly, whereas when she describes the action, they are more likely to get the correct alignment. Hers is a gentle, [...]

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