Who am I? What is the true nature of the Self? These are the questions that have consumed philosophers and yogis for thousands of years. The yoga practice that we begin because it makes us feel better, or helps with our aches and pains, has its roots in deep contemplation of these questions. Not everyone […]
Last time I went camping I was reading Deep Time Dreaming by Billy Griffiths, in which he explains that deep time is beyond human comprehension. Surrounded by the stillness of the land, I got to thinking – perhaps the deep beauty of nature and the deep humanity of life itself are also beyond the capacity of […]
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Reading “The Body keeps the Score” reminds me how much we store in our bodies, and having a massage the other day I remembered and was amazed at how much pain our bodies can store. Our bodies are great friends to us, absorbing as much as they can so we can continue to function in […]
I was watching Mr Bean the other night with my son Luke. Mr Bean climbs to the top of a very tall diving tower and then loses his nerve. It’s so funny to watch him clinging to the ground and squirming around as he does whatever he can to avoid going over the edge. At […]
In this podcast, I’d like to introduce you to Peter Thomson, my first yoga teacher. I started yoga with him way back in the 1980s. If not for him, I would not be a yoga teacher today. Peter sees yoga as a way of understanding life, as a meditative activity and training. He talked about […]
The end of another AFL season sees the winners celebrating and the losers re-grouping to make an assault on the summit once again next year. In their comparatively short careers elite athletes like AFL players face the challenges of life writ large – success, failure, injury. To simply make it to an elite team is […]
Gulnaaz Dashti is an Indian teacher who studied and taught with the Iyengar family at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Institute in Pune, India. She now teaches outside the Institute in Pune and travels the world teaching workshops. Earlier this year she taught a workshop at the Marrickville Yoga Centre. Tiffany Lee-Shoy is a teacher trainee […]
Pixie Lillas has been a shining light in the Iyengar Yoga world for almost 40 years. She is well known for her commitment to her practice and her ongoing support for younger teachers through her teacher training and the Iyengar Yoga assessments. She started yoga with three practices a day when she was 26 and […]
Garth McLean uses Iyengar Yoga to manage his multiple sclerosis and travels the world to share what he’s learnt.
Surprisingly to me, this is my favourite pose of the moment, jathara parivartanasana. Jathar means abdomen in Sanskrit and parivartanasnana is from parivartti, meaning turning around. As I prepared for my recent JI3 assessment I struggled with teaching this pose – there didn’t seem to be much to it! And it’s a struggle to do until you […]
Iyengar yoga teacher Linda Apps talks to movement therapist James Walsh about his melanoma diagnosis. In 2009 my friend James Walsh was diagnosed with cancer – stage three melanoma. As an ex-rugby league player, James knew that when things get difficult you’re not supposed to hide. He tackled his diagnosis head-on, displaying an inspiring strength of […]
I don’t know if you’ve tried to give away a TV recently, but unless it’s a flat screen, no-one’s interested. And even those, the TV repairman told me, are just being left out on the street. Must be a symptom of a well-to-do society. According to Bob Brown, Australians have never been richer than we […]