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Asana Focus part one: Janu Sirsasana  Please note: this article contains references to the literary output of K Pattabhi  Jois. If the inclusion of these references raises any questions please Contact Me. Following on from last month’s article about the finishing sequence, I wanted to write about...

One positive aspect of teaching online has been an opportunity to observe people’s finishing postures more closely. This is not easy in a busy Mysore room, especially if the layout means that students do their finishing postures in the back row or - in some cases...

The Elusive Closing Chant The Astanga Yoga Closing Prayer is a bit of an enigma. Because of the nature of Mysore rooms, it’s possible to attend one for many months or years before becoming aware of its existence. This is a pity because the chant is...

  Lotus feet and serpent heads… A look at the opening chant    “Let’s start at the very beginning, it’s a very good place to start” I suppose I could have taken this advice several weeks ago when I began writing about Mantras. Not that beginning at ‘the beginning’ works...

Lock to unlock…The mysterious Bandhas One of the more enjoyable aspects of this new space we inhabit has been taking the time to answer questions about practice. Time to mull over these questions often eludes us in the relatively fast paced Mysore Room, where the clock...

Ahimsa in the age of Covid-19 In our first online chat we discussed ways we might use the first limb of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras to help endure our current situation. The more present we are, the more durable we feel. Wishing away the time is not...

The Prayer of St Francis   This week’s mantra may surprise you. The Prayer of St Francis is not in Sanskrit and it is not about forests or demons or Gods in disguise. It’s not ancient. It’s actually quite modern. No one is exactly sure when...

We are still in the woods. And just in case you thought I could get us out of here, I should come clean. I think I’m lost. In wanting to give you some nuggets of wisdom about this week’s mantra, I got drawn into a tangle...

There’s no clock in the forest   This is one of my favourite lines of Shakespeare, taken from the comedy ‘As You Like it’. I quote it to myself sometimes, usually on those days when I’m ticking myself off for not getting everything done.   Shakespeare used the forest...

The Swasti Varcanam Im flying by the seat of my pants a little when it comes to this sharing of resources. But Friday seems to be turning into a “mantra day” so let’s run with that for a while. Today’s Mantra is much more consise...