Yoga is for Pizza Lovers!

What style of yoga am I practicing and teaching, and what even is yoga anyway? ...It might be a little late in the day to be asking myself these questions, but better late than never huh? I've spent hundreds of hours in the last 6 months alone reading and considering these questions, in an effort to get to the 'truth', to really understand the traditions of yoga and meditation. So you can imagine the look on my face when after wrestling with Sanskrit, I discover that traditional yoga and meditation practices are just the same as pizza! Let me explain; the Italians had been enjoying warm bread and tomato sauce for a long time. After emmigrating to America, the recipe changed to include vari

There's No 'I' In Yoga

Yoga is versatile and adaptable, which makes it a constant source of enjoyment for me. However…one of my difficulties with yoga is how its evolved into modern consumer culture. It's a commodity. Something you can purchase in exchange for personally feeling better. I don't think we need any more 'I- ness.' What we need is connection. That's what the ancient Yogis sought out, and it's what we still need today. A good yoga practice has every potential to make us feel better, calmer, more at ease. Which may be as far as you take it, and that's great. But there's more to a yoga practice, if you're open to it. ...In an effort to sell yoga here in the West it's been presented as individualistic;

What's Your Focus (Drishti)

People drastically over estimate what can be achieved in a day... and underestimate what can be achieved in a year. Just one look at your to do list will demonstrate this point neatly, and if you don't have one, feel free to look at mine; it's the writings of someone who's lost touch with reality! We set new year resolutions, and then don't stick to them, or manifest our goals. That's often because our habits or karma which are deeply ingrained patterns or speech and thinking. For 2020 why not set a drishti, a focus, a theme for the next 12 months... In Yoga we think sankalpa which can be translated to heart felt desire. A sankalpa is a short and positive declaration, made for the greater go

Rosie Iles-Jonas

Yoga Teacher

Postgraduate at SOAS University

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