Yoga

Unlike Me

A kind of poem, memoir and statement of an evolving feminism and poetic activism rolled into one. And today… there are some unseen peacemakers in the world who, like the artist or the healer, drink the poison (the shadow, the unlike, the toxic waste) of a place, country or culture to hopefully open our eyes,…

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The Moving Archetype – 24th June-1st July 2016

The yoga and dialogue workshop I’m leading with Sue Claire Morris in the beautiful Pelion region of Greece still has spaces. Below are some reflections on what we will be exploring through movement and archetypes. For information and booking see http://www.kalikalos.org/movingarchetypes. A prevailing ‘moving archetype’ of this era is that of the immigrant, the homeless person.…

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SPIRALS: Embodiment through Yoga and the Process of Turning

Quote from The Mystic Spiral: Journey of the Soul by Jill Purce – Thames and Hudson, London, 1974 “In a second, the faintest perfume may send us plummeting to the roots of our being, our whole life verticalized by a fleeting sensation: we have been connected by a mere smell to another place and another…

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the place of resource

  Seated here, crossed-legged, I am archaic sea creature Clamped fossil-like to a rock, Grafted on the sea’s dark floor. Tentacled, pocked by deep abysses, I am swaddled, spat, swayed Within the vast nowhere-cloud Around me. Clinging, forgotten. Forgetting. Since rippled womb-hole, Aloneness was my primal base; Reaching beyond flickering fear, And desires paddling the…

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Holding on and Letting Go

The influences impacting each generation affect whether the dynamics of ‘letting go’ or those of ‘holding on’ are more highly valued.  All spiritual traditions emphasise the need to let go of the impulses of the ego and surrender to a state of being that is less self-centred, more spacious. They also offer guidance into what…

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The Psoas: Muscle of The Soul

I’ve just been so inspired by reading this article by DANIELLE PROHOM OLSON – The Psoas: Muscle of The Soul. Quoting her I’m reminded of Vanda Scaravelli’s insights into yoga, along with those of other body work practitioners such as Peter Levine and Don Hanlon Johnson (Bone, Breath and Gesture): ‘ (Liz) Koch believes that by cultivating a…

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Deeper into authentic action

I have no source from these quotes but wanted to share them…”The deeper I go into practice the less I’m prepared to act in ways that diminish my sense of purpose in the world.” And “Salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.” A beautiful spurring on into action that is not cluttered by…

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Expanding the relational field

I’m reading a new book by Franklyn Sills, the craniosacral guru of Karuna Institute and worldwide renown. It’s called the Breath of Life, and gives deep insight into ways of working with our own suffering and the suffering of others in the context of what is known as ‘biodynamics’. Here is a quote: “In the…

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Brave and lovely things

“Seek to do brave and lovely things that are left undone by the majority of people. Give gifts of love and peace to those whom others pass by”.(Paramahansa Yogananda)

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Service as Joy

I slept and dreamt that life was joy I awoke and saw that life was service I acted and. behold, service was joy. Rabindranath Tagore

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