Check your Ahimsa – From Spiritual Bypassing To Direct Anti-racist Action

Our society is going through some serious upheaval right now - and with all the deeply important conversations going on, I am sitting asking myself, what can I do. It is clearer and clearer to me that none of us are innocent, we're complicit in perpetuating structures that rely on systematic subjugation in order to progress the desires of one small group.While I have always been reminded by my family and teachers that I am lucky to live in such safety and comfort, I am ashamed to say that I have never done very much to balance the scales in favour of those who don’t enjoy such ease.  Now I am trying to consider what tools I have…

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Nothing is Special

The other day I was taking a shower at twenty past five in the morning before going to early mysore class and thinking, ‘Why don't I do this more often?’ I realised that it's still hard for me to make it to morning mysore on a regular basis because it's still kind of a big deal. Deep down I still feel like going to the 6am class (the traditional way to practise) proves your extraordinary dedication and self-mastery that you can get up with the dawn chorus and be finished your practice as everyone else is only leaving for work. And this is the problem – because I think of it as a feat of tapas, spiritual discipline,…

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Compassion – Humanity’s Secret Weapon

It’s funny, at Valentine’s day, how love and affection are packaged up into a sugary, pink and shiny product. Nowadays too in the wellness world it’s all about self-love - but what does that really mean, beyond the opportunity to sell us some bath brushes, a soy candle and a pink gratitude journal? I have to admit I hopped on the bandwagon this week and themed my classes around heart opening and compassion practices. Partly because of the valentine’s momentum - but I do also happen to have been listening to the Michael Stone podcasts on Book 3 of the Yoga Sutra, where he discusses why compassion is a superpower. Most of all though I was very moved by my…

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Autumn coming – reap what you sow

Autumn is the time of harvests - the summer heat has been filling the earth up for the last few joyful months, and now the sunny days are winding in on themselves and the days are growing chilly, but the end of the heat gives us something else - summer days are over but instead we are rewarded with the abundance produced by the earth. This abundance doesn't appear out of nowhere - the amazing fruits produced are the direct result of the carefully planted seeds, the hours and hours of absorbing sunlight, and patience of letting the growing magic happen.   View this post on Instagram Love love love this time of year! When the garden provides...…

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