Frequently Asked Questions
"I find it hard to do a practice every day ".
This comes up a lot. I look to fit a practice to the needs of the individual at the time, and these vary a great deal. Our physical health and mental states interchange constantly with our inner and outer worlds where work and relationships constantly present challenges for us.
Chronic health conditions like fibromyalgia, ME and so on need a gentle but sustained approach and if in pain we need some extra tools to help : they exist in yoga and will probably not involve any postures at all, and be along the lines of working with the breath and the energy body. But we need the time to do it, whether a meditation, a short but focused practice or a longer time to explore new ways of approaching a posture for example.
" What sort of yoga do you teach?"
I teach the eight limbs of yoga, which is often called raja yoga but other yoga can also embrace the eight limbs. Hatha Yoga is the name most often used for the type of yoga taught in the west and also in India these days, where there is an emphasis on the asanas. I've written about this in " a Dog called Buddha ". Basically I believe postures are being over emphasized in many yoga schools and by too many teachers. Yoga is about a complete way of moving through the world and needs to embrace the yogic ways which are clearly outlined in the yoga sutras. Basic to these are the guidances of how we treat other sentient beings on the earth and the earth itself, embraced in the yamas and niyamas. For example we need to tell the truth, Satya, one of the ten guidances. A large part of yoga is how all these interelate, they are limbs of one entity just like our own limbs of our bodies, everything threads in and around us as we do around everything, inseparable. If we could embrace this as a culture it would change how humanity progresses or not, major problems like climate change would be seen differently and our solutions would spring from a place of truth. It can happen and we can begin it individually through changing ourselves. Yoga is a path which we can all follow in our own way that shines a light on us.
Why Yoga Beetle ?
Firstly nature. We are nature, we're not separate and humanity's focus on industry and technology has created a schism which is false. We needed to look outwards to find solutions to the difficulties we have faced, but somewhere along the way we got lost and now we are facing challenges which will require a different way of being on the earth. We can do this, humans have the capacity to re-align ourselves with nature, and this re-alignment begins with each of us individually.
Secondly beetles persevere they don't give up. Still they are open to finding another way if their original route is clearly blocked and then they apply their intelligence to the present situation. Thirdly, a lot of people don't like beetles and yet they can teach us a great deal about ourselves, our own place on earth and how we should tread lightly upon it.
Finally, a real soft spot for George Harrison and his love of Paramahansa Yogananda. He gave out copies of " Autobiography of a Yogi" - I once had a copy of the book on tape which George Harrison had given to someone he knew well who then passed it on and that person then passed it on and that's a wonderful thing, to pass on love to people you will never meet.