Monday, 17 March 2014

my big practice!

“You have the right to work, but never to the fruit of work. You should never engage in action for the sake of reward, nor should you long for inaction. Perform work in this world, Arjuna, as a man established within himself - without selfish attachments, and alike in success and defeat.” Chapter 2 Bhagavad Gita

I am now weeks from finishing my work here in Norwich! Wow! 
This phrase from the Bhagavad Gita has been playing over and over in my head. Not that I am having a battle letting go of my business. Also, many people think that I am selling my business and when I tell them I am not, they want to know why... this phrase is also one of the answer to why :-) But also, I think it is nice to leave this to someone whom I know will care for the classes as I have.

Having said all that, some days, my heart skips a few beats, like right now, just thinking about leaving it all behind when everything is going so well. In these moments, my ego clouds me and I start to feel attachment to EVERYTHING! To my work, to the friendships i have built, to my lovely comfortable life here, to my home.... 
WOW! Can you hear that? It screams me me me! I am doing so well!! :-)
I am thakful that these thoughts go as soon as they come. I can only imagine how much suffering they would create otherwise. Thank you great practice! 

I am ready! 

Monday, 10 February 2014

take responsibility

My rowing coach's lovely words are still singing in my ears! "What can you do to make it better" Practice is so much the same, what can you do to make it feel better; more comfortable, more spacious, more sthira, sukham! Instead of blaming your body, or blaming the pose, or blaming the temperature in the room :-) What can you do to make it better? 

When you are less busy making excuses, you are more likely to become more receptive to what you can effect. Our body is so intelligent. It does not need someone else to tell us what the best alignment for our body is. We know when it is right. But in order to feel this, we first have to decide to take responsibility, and then practice getting so quiet so that we can start to hear what we really need to hear in order to take action.

:-) thank you coach!

Monday, 3 February 2014

yogi coach

This weekend, I had the pleasure of rowing with a crew, coached by a really lovely coach named David. It was my second outing with him. He tuts along by your boat and in his most gentle and precise way, coaches you. I feel incredibly relaxed when he is around. I think he has the perfect coaching voice! I would love to instruct like this some day. My friends, Victoria and Pake have that same voice....I am trying to describe it a little more precisely but am unable to find the words. It is like a guiding voice that instills trust. 
Anyway, it was one of these boats. And we were struggling to keep it from tilting to one side despite his many helpful instructing. Then he stopped us and said:
"The boat may be tilting because number 2's hands are too high or 3's hands are too low. But it is actually nobody's fault. You have to feel the boat as a team and feel what you can do to make it right."

I love it! Doesn't matter if you think you are right if you can make an adjustment to make it right for everyone (of course, this applies in this situation because it doesn't cause any harm) And I love this whole teamwork thing. A lot of the stuff I do- like yoga, squash, involves just me and myself. Getting out there and morphing into one, learning to share in responsibility is great stuff.

The club is recruiting new members now! Come try it! ;-)

Tuesday, 28 January 2014


Some time in the middle of the night, I suddenly woke up and had the craziest epiphany about my (worst) tendency. The one that ruins a lot of things for me- mainly, my happiness. I am very familiar with it but on this night- i "felt" it. Like, I completely understood it. I guess, i completely understood this one thing about me. It has taken me 24 years to have this epiphany! It comes up in my practice a lot and I have been working on it for a long long time. It feels dizzy that I have this new understanding of it! :-) I guess i want to say, I feel free. 

I know that this will come up over and over again but I think next time, I will remember the trigger and be able to deal with it better. Some things, we have to just keep working at it, and it still takes years to nail (like some yoga poses!) The good and bad things about us take years to lay it's roots, and so it is to be expected that it would take years to undo too. 

Patience and practice pays.

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

January News

HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all! 
I hope you have all had a great Christmas and NY celebrations with family and friends and can't wait to get back on your mats! :-) I am looking forward to see you anyway! I had a great experience travelling in India, with plenty of time to reflect on the amazing year 2013 has been, and the many lessons it has taught me through the many teachers in all forms, including you. I have shared pictures from my trip here if you wish to see them.

This newsletter does come with some bittersweet news. After 12 years in Norwich, I am sadly moving to Surrey some time this Spring-Summer. I have been thinking about this a lot whilst away and know that I will miss you all terribly! I look forward to seeing you guys every week and watching your amazing practices! It is going to feel crazy without you! Having said that, I am not leaving without a replacement of course. I have lined up a few incredible practitioners and dedicated yogin's who will be taking over the classes, whom you will have plenty of time to become familiar with over the next few months; in fact some of you are already friends. I have chosen them with my heart and know that you will enjoy your time with them. The 50+ class has already been handed over and while it was somewhat heart breaking, it was also joyful to see it move forward and continue to grow.

I hope you will join me as much as you can these next few months, in class, in the various workshops and gatherings ahead and perhaps even socially.

Once again, thank you for your support, your friendship, your enthusiasm, your love and all the fun over the years!
Keep playing & live life fully


6th January

All classes re-open except Tuesday 19:45
To all those who were attending Tuesday, I invite you to start to come to the Monday session.

starting 21st January

Tuesday sessions will now run as 5 week courses. It is a gentle paced hatha yoga course suitable for everyone. Pranayama will be taught in this class alongside foundation yoga poses. Great for unwinding stress or just slowing down.
Courses cost £35 for 5 weeks
Drop in sessions cost £9

16th February

Forrest Yoga Workshop with Jambo Truong
10:00-12:00 and 14:00-16:30

Please click here for more information 

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

beginners mind

We had someone new joining us in our little intimate late session last night. She was not new to yoga but new to class as she has been practicing through DVD's at home. We played with a few vinyasa krama's, getting into Bakasana, Salamba Sirsasana 2 (tripod headstand) and Urdhva Dhanurasana. After trying each pose, she would look up, wide eyed and say 'wow!!'
It wasn't a "wow, that pose is great" but more a "wow, I am fab! I can still do that!"
We have all been there- 
when we realise we could still do something- or do it at all.
If only we continue to remember how 'wow' we are, long after those things become 'easy' or 'normal' to us.

Remember, you are 'wow'! 

Friday, 22 November 2013

Latest Class News

December News

last one for 2013

dear friends,

The energy has been explosive at the studio and it has been a joy and a privilege to have been a part of your practice. Your practice has been so inspiring and keeps my own practice, both physical and mental, incredibly motivated. I also feel such deep gratitude to be allowed to share these times with you because I know myself, how personal practice can be; a time when you are working through your battles, internally, or externally. I understand how vulnerable it can feel at times. It is really a "big" thing for me to be allowed to be a part of all that and I thank you from my heart for this trust.

Thank you for another amazing year!

Keep playing & live life fully


Closing / Opening

My last class for 2013 will run on the 6th December. I will be run a list round for cover classes for the two weeks in December and will update everyone on whether there will be class cover or not before i leave. You can check on my website for updates or facebook group.

Classes will resume on the 6th January 2014

Yoga Gives Back & Kirtan

The third Yoga Gives Back event will be running on the 30th November at the studio. The class will run from 15:00 - 16:30 and cost £10, all of which will go towards the charity, Yoga Gives Back. Please let me know if you are able to come along as at the moment, only a handful of people have responded.

Following the class will be a kirtan lead by Lou & I, to welcome Lou's little Lila to the kula and also as a little closing for the year. This will run from 17:00 and all are welcome to join us! Kids too!

Yoga Gives Back link here or check it out on my website

5 Day Immersion 

The 5 morning immersion will be running from the 2nd - 6th December. We will begin each morning at 06:45 and it is recommended that you stay till 07:45 at least. Otherwise, we run till 08:00. There are a few spaces left if you would like to join in.
This year the immersion will be about sequencing for your practice. Immersions are a way to help you develop your home practice and is open to everyone except complete beginners.  No drop in's so please email to book a space if you would like to come along.


Here are some dates for your 2014 calendar if you are thinking about workshops or holidays next year:

4th January

Opening class- Sankalpa
10:00 - 12:00

16th February

Forrest Yoga Workshop with Jambo Truong
10:00-12:00 and 14:00-16:30
(book early to avoid disappointment)

12th - 17th May

Bali Yoga Holiday

1st - 3rd August (tbc)

Camping Yoga Weekend in North Norfolk
more like glamping - limited spaces

14th - 16th November

Autumn Spa & Retreat, Sweden

Please check for update on the website here

Last but not least, I wish you and your family, a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.
May all beings have a peaceful and joyful year.
May all beings everywhere be happy and free.