Archive | July, 2012

yoga options / new students

30 Jul

I have space for a 2 students per class at the moment. I need to earn an absolute minimum of £30 per hour (imagine rent, bills, pensions, taxes.. etc)

I am available to teach private and group classes 6 days a week (saturdays are rest days). First class can start at 6am and last possible class 8pm.


idly breakfast

30 Jul

idly breakfast

rice idly for breakfast with coconut chutney and sambar


30 Jul

 via Birgit: A special gift this week for You or your friend:

The first 3 people only:
If you come to my house and bring just £20,  90 minutes and your lovely self, THEN I would like to invite you for a footmassage (+ lower leg) this week that will make you feel like you are floating. I will use oils mixed with cream, you will sit back in silence, enjoying the green trees outside of my window and sips of endless herbal tea.
You would not have a big meal before, but rather eat a little than come hungry. You would have washed your feet that day (small dust and a day’s-use-traces no problem at all, that’s what they are there for). You would smile, cry, breathe, mostly breathe and enjoy your treat. Which day is suitable for you?
Your friend the universe via Birgit. xxx
location: Liverpool UK

+44 (0)7415 188 944

Yoga schedule

21 Jul

Hi everybody:

During the summer I am teaching several very small classes. Unless a group books me I am mostly teaching one-to-one in my yoga & treatment room. Ashtanga, a strong Iyengar inspired sequence with limited use of props to no props and gentle yin based Hatha yoga are available.

First available booking each day: 7am for fully paying yoga students (£25 per session) & 8am for concession students (have a chat with me about this). Last bookings each day 7pm. All classes will run between 60-90 minutes, please inform me of your schedule if you need to leave early, I will adapt your class. Depending on my schedule start times may vary, especially for concession students.

No classes saturdays. Only gentle classes on full moon and new moon, no Ashtanga on those days. You can come for practice on your period, we will only practice gently, usually with no full inversions and no strong twisted asana.

I recommend that anybody coming to practice with me also regularly attends one of Cliff Bond’s Yoga Classes at the Wellbeing Centre on Hope Street in Liverpool, as he is my original teacher whom I have a lot of respect for. I have found his classes physically and emotionally therapeutic. 


a birthday is sneaking up

18 Jul

I know I’m not meant to ask, but it would make me extra happy..: 

It’s my Birthday on Monday the 23rd.. If you could pop a (post)card into the post thursday, friday, saturday it might reach me on the day (or just after) I would be SUPER happy to get post:  

Flat4, 29 Alexandra Drive, Liverpool, L17 8TB, UK 




something about Advanced Yoga

12 Jul

a video by Jason Brown from Abhyasa Yoga in New York – I couldn’t agree more.


celebrating recovering

11 Jul


I had been unwell for the past fortnight and am finally feeling better. Whatever the bug was, plenty of sleep, copious amounts of brown rice and vegetables and a lot of lemongrass tea appear to have cleared it. So I thought I celebrate by making homemade chocolate brownie truffles. – no sugar, no egg, no butter… they are stupendously delicious and little balls of minerals and nutrients. yum (ingredients: dates, nuts, cocoa powder – that’s all)

political dance

11 Jul

daily miracle we forgot to notice

11 Jul

People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child — our own two eyes. All is a miracle.

 ~ Thich Nhat Hanh ~

(I found this quote on

BKS Iyengar

10 Jul

There is something so awe inspiring about watching this 45 year old film footage of BKS Iyengar demonstrating asana. Who was the audience? Did they have any understanding or was this a form of outlandish gymnastics to them? After all these years of practicing yoga even I still find it strange to watch a yoga asana practice. It definitely is an experience to be had within, rather than observed externally.

In my parallel life I am a professional Artist, from this perspective I really should promote my work, chase the career, socialize strategically.. The more I practice Yoga Asana, the more my life changes, and it becomes increasingly impossible to abuse my body with 16 hour work days for the sake of appearing ‘successful’. In reality my name gains credential, it does indeed, and at the same time my body gains internal wounds from exhaustion, from one too many times rushed to meet a deadline..

In the past year I have spent significantly more time thinking about the Wealth of Health than about which gallery to attempt to impress into exhibiting and selling my work. I am still finding my way, but while it scares me I also feel that it was the only sensible decision to take a full 18 months out from even considering to make any Art work or engage in the Art crowd. My feet feel like they landed on the ground a little. My health is improving, and still I am fragile. The healthiest years in my life were those when I practiced yoga 3-4 times a week without fail. 6 days a week seems to deplete me.

I believe it is possible that this has to do with my approach to the practice and my approach to the days following. I strongly believe that Ashtanga practice can be restorative, in my experience it was depleting, but I have a feeling that was my way of practicing and living that could have been responsible.

What do you think?