Archive for March, 2015


March 23, 2015


While I was in Mysore Clint from Ekaminhale got in touch to ask if I would film a little interview with him about how yoga was so important in my recovery from the shoulder surgery and rehab.

Clint is back in Canada now and his editor Derek is busy with editing all the films he made while he was in Mysore. As a taster of the films to come from an amazing cast of yogi’s he published this short film on the Ekaminhale blog

I can’t wait to see all the finished films and still amazed to be asked in such exalted company.


Back in the real world

March 21, 2015

We leave Mysore bendy and happy thinking this is how our practice is meant to be and will continue to be from this day forth. But whether it’s the long journey home that begins with that bumpy 4 hour taxi ride or landing back in to a cold north European winter the reality is pretty soon something rather different. We probably don’t get back on our mat for a couple of days and when we do we are cranky and stiff.

You begin to wonder what’s gone wrong, you return to the comfortable familiarity of your home Shala space and the responsibilities of work and home, although you want your practice to remain the priority, the reality is life takes over again and it seems to take even more dedication to crawl out from under the duvet every morning.

Post Mysore Ashtangi’s would benefit from a “half way house” for a week or so, somewhere not too cold so they can acclimatise to being back in the real world.

As I’ve discovered there are things beyond our control than can put paid to our good intentions of continuing the work. The sudden illness that hit me so soon after I landed back in reality has not improved, three times to hospital and now on a 3 month waiting list for surgery. It seems being cooped up in that uncomfortable aircraft seat for 9 hours was the final straw. I can’t be sure it was the flight, but at least my body waited until I landed back home before it caved in.

I am back on my mat and doing the practice I can, trying to get as fit as I can for the surgery and yet another period of recovery.


March 10, 2015

Sa Tu Dirgha Kala….

I returned from Mysore without either of Sharath’s suggestions, the Indian IC was a bit impractical and no idea where I would install one if I had and the Bandha meter he talked about in conference has yet to be invented, though rumour has it there are Japanese and Korean yogis on the case designing the App.

Kurmasana addition to my pendant

I did return with happy memories of a wonderful month practising with Saraswathi, along with a lovely addition to my pendant and an embroidered Mysore rug.


Alas I seem to have returned with something else, the day after I got home I became very unwell and two days later ended up in Hospital. The upshot being no practice since Mysore and not being able to return to work either. Things looked to be improving until last Friday when I ended up back in A&E for 4 hours. I’m now stuck at home unable to do anything as I wait for a referral.

So no Sunday croissants at AYL for a while it seems.