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Welcome to the Yoga Studio Journal

Welcome to the Yoga Studio Journal

the yoga studio is open for individual yoga lessons by appointment. all welcome. leila@theyogastudiosomerset.co.uk.

“Yoga is not an escape from life but an approach to living.”
T K V Desikachar


swans

swans

something to do in the bath

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evening footwork

evening footwork

when you've been on your feet all day

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opening

opening

the yoga studio is re-opening

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this evening

this evening

ideas for evening practice

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poem

poem

the peace of wild things

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sun dance

sun dance

sun salutation - refreshed

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midsummer

midsummer

a poem - by james wright

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experimenting

experimenting

adding more postures to your starfish practice

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starfish

starfish

an idea for your practice

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tidal

tidal

wave work

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deep peace

deep peace

a blessing

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sitting

sitting

an invitation to explore dandasana - staff or rod pose

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shining

shining

skull shining breath

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release

release

letting go - finding space

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breath

breath

yoga offers us an important prompt to focus on the breath

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blessing

blessing

a blessing for our times by John O'Donohue

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forearm dog pose

forearm dog pose

a challenging posture

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guided meditation

guided meditation

an invitation to breathe

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practice

practice

following on from saturday's post - here is a very short practice including dog pose.

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dog pose

dog pose

finding the ground in turbulent times

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springy

springy

enjoying free movement in practice

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us

us

special - not special

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mat matters

mat matters

getting on the mat

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love

love

a simple practice using the hands

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family

family

yoga wisdom for today

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longer

longer

taking a longer practice

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still raining

still raining

a winter poem

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more than listening…

more than listening…

... ceasing to listen

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listening

listening

in the silence

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solstice

solstice

practice for the darkest days of winter

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raining

raining

winter movement

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relaxation

relaxation

20 minutes peace

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wave

wave

wave energy in practice

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autumn review

autumn review

autumn - a time of change

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warrior 2

warrior 2

earth and space in warrior pose

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dancing

dancing

celebrating dance and yoga for world ballet day

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responsibility

responsibility

words and yoga for our times

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problems

problems

...and how yoga can help.

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body

body

tuning in to your body in practice

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autumn

autumn

listen to seamus heaney reading his poem postscript

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peace

peace

today is International Day of Peace.

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after a while

after a while

as the year moves on, we can use the breath to help us prepare for autumn. thank you to Sandra Sabatini for inspiring this practice.

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this morning

this morning

ideas for a morning practice

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book

book

a new book suggestion.

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when you pause

when you pause

pools of silence

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when you breathe out

when you breathe out

breath bathing and a short reading from J Krishnamurti

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when you breathe in

when you breathe in

a small and certain resurrection

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silences

silences

noticing the silent spaces in your breath

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experiment

experiment

welcome back to the journal - it's good to be in touch with you again.

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green madrigal

a poem for today, to take to the woods

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revision

revision

keeping a clear head

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earth

a practice inspired by mental health awareness week

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idling along

"Salute thyself: see what thy soul doth wear... And tumble up and down what thou findst there." George Herbert

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spring walking

spring walking

"as I walked with the budburst and the flushing of trees..."

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savouring

savouring

how yoga can help us to savour the world

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closure

closure

what a wonderful time we have had...

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relax

relax

writing on 29th march 2019 - this picture seemed apt!

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soft

soft

"But what we really need for entering life fully is a soft body. A soft body allows itself to be penetrated by life; it remains open, accessible, receptive, available to the present moment, and agile in responding to events. A soft body is poised for a relationship with the world around us." Tina Welling.

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release

release

a note about re-leasing breath

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acrobatic

a video treat for you...

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window

window

"light has the potential to make one see and understand something differently." John Pawson

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mighty mosses

mighty mosses

III 33 "Anything can be understood. With each attempt fresh and spontaneous understanding arises." (trans. TKV Desikachar)

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stop

stop

a word about stopping

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posture of the month

posture of the month

a posture for february - mountain

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moss

moss

the first of a series of moss themed posts...

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wild geese

wild geese

listen to mary oliver reading her poem wild geese.

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summary

summary

a short summary of a recent article by Bill Wood.

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posture of the month

posture of the month

a posture for january - two foot support

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midnight

midnight

the end of the year, the end of an era and the murmur of new beginnings

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sun

bringing light on the shortest day of the year, the gāyatrī mantra is a chant for illuminating, for learning and for changing

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web

web

on yoga teachers

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trust

trust

fostering trust in our own practice

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sandra sabatini

sandra sabatini

a short video inspired by sandra's teaching

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peace

peace

a new translation

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behind closed eyes

behind closed eyes

a re-imagining of an ancient practice - śaṇmukhī mudrā

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footnote

footnote

recently we have been focussing on our feet.

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beauty

beauty

yoga is beautiful - exquisite - and we can all touch this in our practice.

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clearing

clearing

"i took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees" thoreau

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a good ending

a good ending

"the end is where we start from." t s eliot

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sound

sound

this week i have been reminded of the power of sound.

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pause

pause

"in that space in between there is silence... more than anything else silence...and space." sandra sabatini

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alistair, cricket, and the yoga of action

alistair, cricket, and the yoga of action

what makes a good cricketer, makes a good yogi.

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welcome back

welcome back

the new term of yoga classes and journal posts

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more inspiration

nature - rosebay willow herb

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inspiration

dancing - just the ticket!

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crisis

crisis

the yoga studio has been supporting the homelessness charity Crisis for a few years now...

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feet

feet

"i may be small, but my toes are mighty" said the madagascan green gecko!

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space

space

yoga helps us feel the space in each movement and moment

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cooling breath

cooling breath

a cooling, gentle breath for the hot weather

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relaxing into silence

relaxing into silence

relaxing into silence with a peaceful breath - practising the heart of yoga

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books

books

some of you have asked for me to recommend some good yoga books. here is a selection...

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delicate

delicate

i notice that breathing softly frees us for infinitely delicate practices

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no time

no time

in yoga there is no time at all

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early morning sounds

early morning sounds

there is a fresh presence in the early morning - it's a good time to practise.

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more… wonderful!

more… wonderful!

we have been practising warrior posture this week, experimenting with taking the head back as Mr Iyengar taught.

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soft belly

soft belly

"as the body yields all efforts and holdings the infinite within is revealed." YS II 47

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soon

soon

a hopeful poem for an unseasonably wet weekend. happy easter.

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soft breath

soft breath

"breathing isn't really something that you do but something that you witness as it happens." eckhart tolle

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