does social media use help or hinder yoga practice?

Posted on May 26th, 2016 by in all-things-yoga blog, yoga philosophy

being a yoga practitioner and a social media user is a situation that I have found challenging to reconcile. I have felt social media engage my mind in a way that is seriously at odds with the teachings of classical yoga. yet at the same time, I can justify my use of social media as being integral to my yoga practice. reconciliation depends on two choices; 1) the extent to which I choose to consider the teachings of classical yoga to form… continue reading »

being an instagram yogi cliche

Posted on May 19th, 2016 by in all-things-yoga blog, yoga philosophy

sometimes it’s difficult not to feel bored or disillusioned by the tedium of my own online activity let alone other people’s. Posting another photo of my gluten-free raw lunch or my scorpion pose or a quote from the buddha about being happy… is all just so, yawn. despite the fact that I can justify my online presence on social media because a) it supports my business as a yoga teacher and b) it develops my yoga practice (see blog article on the latter here),  I do still… continue reading »

new sunday open level class

Posted on May 18th, 2016 by in all-things-yoga blog

join me every sunday 12-1pm at london fields yoga studio for an open level class.  this is a general level class for all yoga-abilities. I’m excited to add another class to my weekly timetable and hope to see some of my regulars there! the class will be flowing and dynamic, drawing upon the influences of tripsichore, jivamukti and prana flow yoga styles. The intention is to create a sense of serenity and harmony so that you may close out your week on… continue reading »

that’s not my yoga!

Posted on May 6th, 2016 by in all-things-yoga blog, yoga philosophy

it’s very often that I find myself totally in awe of how many yoga teachings are implicit within the daily life of motherhood. all the svadyaya (self –observation), tapah (discipline) and bhakti (devotional love) that I’d previously poured into my yoga practice and quest for self –realization have all been just a training ground for the real and very applied practical work of being a mother. The pranayama (breath-control) also comes in handy for nappy changing time. there are insights into… continue reading »

my roots and ethos

Posted on May 6th, 2016 by in all-things-yoga blog, yoga philosophy

I have always been intrigued and awe-struck by the big picture.. why are we here? what’s our purpose? Is there a god? Who and what am I?! What’s the point of mosquitos?  These sort of questions have inspired and guided me my whole life. (not so much the question about mosquitos, tho).  I think actually, the roots of self-enquiry run deep. My mother is Iranian and descended from a family of Sufis. Sufism is a spiritual path that shares many parallels with Yoga… continue reading »

how I wasn’t the pregnant goddess

Posted on May 5th, 2016 by in pregnancy, womens wellbeing

i’ve met many women on their journey into motherhood now and it’s very clear that every single woman’s experience of pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and mothering in general is as unique as she is. in my blog, I’ve shared with you my birth story which was a relatively positive and empowering experience despite it being challenging. I was also fortunate to have no real issues when it came to breastfeeding and my postnatal recovery was smooth, which if I were to leave it there… continue reading »

why yoga during pregnancy?

Posted on May 1st, 2016 by in all-things-yoga blog, pregnancy, womens wellbeing

pregnancy and yoga are highly compatible. This is because yoga is a tool to explore the depths of our human nature and there is nothing more natural than having a baby. when a women enters the state of pregnancy her senses are heightened, she can smell more vividly, she is more sensitive to taste and to emotional states, to me these are just some of the indicators that suggest a woman’s sense of intuition is increasing. Thus, to practise yoga… continue reading »