You're in your yoga class having a perfectly lovely time and then your yoga teacher casually says that you're going to move to the wall for adho mukha vrksasana. Handstand.
You may well ask yourself why, as a grown man/woman, might it be necessary to stand on one's hands? We do, after all, have two perfectly good feet specifically designed for the purpose, and generally speaking our bodies are orientated with a head-up alignment.
Firstly, it's not necessary at all. Yoga is so varied and extensive it is possible to have a magnificently rewarding practice without such poses. I for one accept that I will probably never be able to execute a free-standing handstand away from the wall. And I'm ok with that. I'm still the same m...
We said a fond farewell to the beautiful artwork of Parastou Forouhar last week.
I managed to take some photos of the butterfly wallpaper (The Time of Butterflies, 2015) up-close, and you can really start to see the haunting faceless figures which come together to make up the wall of magnificent butterflies. A dramatic backdrop to a yoga class!
But now on to something new and entirely different as the new exhibition is set up....
Come and join us for a vinyasa flow class in Central London, close to Soho and Oxford Circus. Tuesday evenings. Contact me for details.
You can't beat having your very own yoga mat. It's more hygenic, more personal, and can become a trigger or gateway to wherever yoga takes you. Or maybe that's just me. It's my happy place.
However, if you're buying the standard, traditional mat then you can pretty much guarantee that it's going to be slippery to start with. And as soon as you start to warm up and the palms start to shine then that beautiful down-dog that you've worked so hard on will start to slide into an altogether different experience of slide - reposition - slide - reposition - wipe hands on t-shirt - slide - reposition - repeat.
Rather annoyingly, new mats seem to be born with a bit of a slippy slidey film on them....
Thankyou so much for those of you who joined me to enjoy a fabulous yoga practice last night, surrounded by the beautiful art work of Parastou Forouhar.
I feel so very grateful to be able to teach in this serene, creative gallery space.
The latest exhibition runs until 6th February. I recommend you dive in and take a look. The butterflies on the back wall are totally captivating. Get close up. Look at the detail. It's stunning, and slightly haunting.
The exhibition ends on the 6th, but my classes will continue! Please come and join us. Tuesdays 6.15pm.
I'm very excited to start shouting about the NEW CLASS I am starting next week on Eastcastle Street, near Oxford Circus, London. I have teamed up with a small independent gallery to provide yoga classes surrounded by the ever-changing selection of exciting artworks being showcased. It's beautiful. And such a great place to practice. One week butterflies, next week splashy paint splatterings. Glorious.
Tuesday evenings at 6.15pm.
Please get in touch to book your place, and I'll tell you exactly where it is. Booking is essential so I can keep an eye on numbers.
The location isn't exactly top secret, but I'll tell you when you get in touch. I like to keep an air of mystery about it, humour me.