This body, this body right here This body is strong, and soft, and smooth This body is tired, and rough, and warm This body is a mountain, an ocean, the earth This body contains the entire universe and my tiny beating heart This body, this body right here Is mine I’ve started a Flickr Album […]Read more "This body, this body right here"
Today’s office yoga has included: a series of seated cat-cow in my desk chair; a long held seated cobra; a long held downward dog using my filing cabinet as a prop (rather than going all the way to the floor); mountain both seated and standing as I needed some grounding; breaks for pranayama of varying […]Read more "Now the yoga begins"
As I continue on this journey of self-acceptance through yoga, a thing that keeps coming up is developing a gratitude practice. There’s lots of theories about why it works. From a spiritual perspective there’s a suggestion that what you are grateful for, you receive back into your life. From a mindfulness perspective its success lies […]Read more "Gratitude and grief"
Forward folds and back bends have betrayed me! Forward folds are the first poses I go to when I’m feeling tight or sore or stressed. Stretching out all those muscles in the back and hanging forward for a time always makes me feel better. Backbends are a more recent love but as I’ve worked on […]Read more "Betrayal and a gift"
In so much of my life I strive for perfection. Writing the perfect advice, making the perfect submissions, giving the perfect support to friends, taking the perfect photo, getting the perfect winged eyeliner. It extends to my yoga practice – making sure the house is quiet and serene, doing the most advanced tree I can […]Read more "What yoga is teaching me about imperfection"
If you’re following me on social media platforms like Instagram, Twitter or Tumblr, over the weekend you would have seen that I posted some pictures of myself doing yoga. On the face of it, not particularly radical. My alignment isn’t perfect. My flexibility leaves a bit to be desired. They’re not shot on a beach […]Read more "What yoga is teaching me about body positivity as a radical act"
As yoga teaches me to listen to my body, more and more I realise that my default position is to force myself to continue to feel discomfort after I’ve identified it. For example, if I start to feel hungry earlier than the time I had planned to take my lunch break at work, I will […]Read more "What yoga is teaching me about discomfort"