Orchids, yoga, and lying fallow

Fallow land is land that is not planted with crops. It is left to lie uncultivated for a season in order to improve the quality of the soil. In the olden days, before chemical fertilisers forced land into continual productivity, parts of a farm would be left fallow for a short time before being replanted…

Yoga and minimalism

When I think of yoga imagery, minimalism the last thing that comes to mind. The Hindu aesthetic is quite clearly maximalist, full of colour, symbolism and detail. This spills over into Western yoga. Yoga leggings, to choose an obvious example, are often brightly coloured and patterned. Many yogis adorn their studio spaces with multi-hued batiks.…

How We Breathe: Moving things around

Introduction We usually just think of the breath as being Oxygen in and CO2 out…if we think about the breath at all.  Yoga practitioners may think about prâna.  But few of us take the time to contemplate all the other things that move around because of the breath. Most of us know a little about…

Spring Fair: May 5, 2018 – Save the Date!

The Alfaz Spiritual Foundation is hosting it’s Spring Fair this coming Saturday and you’re all invited! My dear friends Tania Plahay and James Heather very kindly asked me if I wanted to share their table and I accepted.  Later, it transpired that some help was needed on the sound technician front, and I was only to…

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

In the natural health world, we eschew medication as much as we can for many reasons. In fact, here are many people who take upwards of five pharmaceuticals per day. Between 1988 and 2010 the median number of prescription medications used among adults aged 65 and older doubled from 2 to 4, and the proportion…

How We Breathe: Mouthbreathing

Introduction Mouth breathing is an all too common habit, and one that can be broken through yogic breathing techniques called pranayama.  In today’s post, I am going to talk about how mouth breathing can become habitual, the problems brought on my this bad habit and some ideas on how to correct mouth breathing. The mouth-breathing…

Yoga practice – "Towards Inversion"

I am feeling generous tonight, and shall give away a lovely yoga practice that I designed last year and have taught a number of times to my dear students. Notice that “B” or “R” means breath or respiración. When it says “6x”, it means do the vinyasa six times. When it says “6B”, it means…