lisa January 6th, 2017
WEEKEND OF YOGA AT HOLYCOMBE
21-23RD APRIL AND 20-22 OCTOBER 2017
£395 Shared room, all meals are included. Single rooms are limietd and carry a supplement.
Price reduced to £320 if booked with a £100 desposit before 31st Jan
A weekend for yourself shared with yoga and friends.
Ever wanted to shift to another level of practice. Let this weekend be an opportunity to consider where your boundaries are, what they are and why. Let your boundaries dissolve.
Sometimes all it takes is a change, be it another way of doing facilitating another way of being. Looking at your yoga practice form another angle or perhaps just being in a place where you have time to go deeper into your practice.
This is what retreats are all about
Find a new grove.
lisa October 12th, 2016
My yoga practice enhances my life, for me both life and yoga are one of the same thing.
This week my class inspiration is the word SIMPLE. As teachers and students of yoga we advised that our asanas (postures) are both easy and comfortable. But the effort it takes to be comfortable and cultivate ease can in itself be complicated. Our mind create as much tension as injuries, and life experience and physical limitations restrict our ability to be easy and comfortable. However the word SIMPLE is just that, its simple.
So to help students I looked to up meaning of simple and here we go, I hope you find words that might help with practice for living and yoga asana.
A simple solution
synonyms: straightforward, easy, uncomplicated, uninvolved, effortless, painless, manageable, undemanding, unexacting, elementary, child’s play, plain sailing, a five-finger exercise, nothing; More
antonyms: difficult, hard, demanding, complicated, complex
used to emphasize the fundamental and straightforward nature of something.
“the simple truth”
synonyms: basic, fundamental; More
plain, basic, or uncomplicated in form, nature, or design; without much decoration or ornamentation.
“a simple white blouse”
synonyms: plain, unadorned, undecorated, unembellished, unornamented, without ornament/ornamentation, unelaborate, unpretentious, unostentatious, unfussy, no-nonsense, basic, modest, unsophistica
Its always worth checking in with the scriptures and for many of us working with the
Yamas and the Niymas given to us by Patanjali. Laws of life and rules for living as a guide is useful.
The laws life are 5
Non – Violence
The rules for living are 5
Surrender to the lord (self)
Yoga sutras chap II vs 40
Simplicity destroys identification with the body, and brings freedom from contact with other bodies.
Practice living in the present, don’t let the mind be complicated by the excitement of love and opportunity, or negative stress. Keep thought SIMPLE, it takes effort for sure but when we are not on the rollercoaster of the ups and downs and no longer been thrashed about by our tensions and stresses life jus become SIMPLE.
lisa September 27th, 2016
Its fast approaching the end of September and after a long Indian summer it feels as it nature is allowing Autumn to begin her annual party. Autumn is the time when nature goes into absolute celebration mode. She shines and glimmers and offers us a chance to enjoy looking at life. Totally splendid, as the last days of summer draw out into an evenings chill its time to add another layer.
I love the seasons for this aspect of change. We have to adapt and adjust, we need different clothes and different food. Its a good time to reflect on what summer has given us. Think about the rituals of harvest festivals and the concept of storing what we need for the coming months.
I love autumn the most because it’s also about new starts. Kids go back to school and for many of us that term time is embedded deeply into our whole self. All of us remember going back to school. But nature and life only goes forward, I am always keen to stress to my students not to think about going back,be it to work, or when people say after a trauma or illness I just want to get back to being myself. Well our self is always here, always moving forward, changing and improving. Consider where in yourself or in life do you feel new. Ask yourself (and others) whats new? instead of how are you? Its a question that really gets people thinking.
I am now starting my 25th year of teaching yoga and to celebrate this time I asked photographer Sarah-Jane Field to take some photos of me practicing yoga in my favourite wood where I walk everyday on Tooting Common, London SW17
I look back and only see positive progression. I can’t say my life has been easy but it has been enhanced through yoga and all the people that I have met through this practice. I can honestly say what an honour it is to teach people and what a laugh life can be.
Please have a look at http://www.sarahjanefield.co.uk, her work is stunning.
lisa June 28th, 2016
Before being a yoga teacher I worked in fashion as a designer, thats my training in trade and I have always being involved in design, fashion and printing. I launched the yoga clothes company in 2014 but this coincided with the death of my brother which was followed not long after by the sad passing of my mother. I mention this because nothing could prepare me for how grief takes a hold and before I could feel better again I went through a period of depression where I felt it impossible function in a way that I had previously known to be normal. I never achieved any momentum from the start of the business and wondered if I would pick it all up again.
Our natural and innate self will surface, but at times it will also feel under the pile of what we experience as life. Therefore I am always happy when glimpse of inspiration invites me back to my creative self.
I had these socks made to wear durning relaxation and keep on afterwards. As a yoga teacher its nice to look at sea of Om symbols whilst people are relaxing and that we can take that vibe out of the class with us. The strap line is “socks that support the soul”.
You can buy them from my esty store for £5 Theyogaclothescom http://etsy.me/29bSm13 via @Etsy
More items will be added from now on.
lisa April 26th, 2016
I love the change in seasons and spring time for me really is the most exciting time. The start of something new. Liberated from winter and ready to stretch out with the longer days and feel the joy of the sunshine. Inspired by natures new shoots, watching the birds getting busy along with been woken up by their happy daily greetings is all a reminder to celebrate the time and also be mindful of what we are creating for our self.
Classes run as normal and the first class is always free for new students.
lisa January 4th, 2016
I am taking this opportunity to introduce you to a newly launched device called Elvie. This is an amazing device for working the pelvic floor muscles, clearly very personal and something that is never talked about.
Please have a look at elvie.com, its had some great press which is not surprising. I am thrilled to be an ambassador for this device and am happy meet up and show it to anyone and talk about its benefits.
Please request a discount code from me if you would like to purchase one.
lisa August 27th, 2014
It’s a week now since Mr Iyengar passed away. I am still paying tribute to him with my students as they return to classes after the summer break. The more I think about him the more I realise that he has been the greatest influence in my life. I didn’t take a lesson direct from him but my first teachers were Iyengar ones and his were the books that I studied from. Therefore I would say that his teachings are the reason that for the past 25 years I have been practicing yoga. If not a daily physical class or teaching then in my meditations. Everyday observing my thoughts, what I eat, what I say. Making an effort to be better than I was before. Yoga is a practice, it’s a living experience and its something worth doing. It is so simple that it makes us laugh at ourselves for struggling so much when life can be easy. Mine is not a life that has been free from life stresses, quite the contrary. Yoga keeps me steady in an ever challenging existence . Big thanks to Mr Iyengar and his teachers for their hard work for others.
lisa June 19th, 2014
The difference between yoga and other exercise discipline’s is that there is a philosophy that underpins our yoga practice. The philosophy is the foundation and is what works on and off the mat. It creates the stability that enables flexibility. Yoga after all is a balance of both mind and body, both are relevant.
Today I am dedicating my blog to time – this moment is your life.
We all have the same amount of time. For each and everyone of us the minutes are the same. How do yours feel?
The time is always right, it’s just that our thoughts influences the time that we are in. Where as the universe is consistent in providing all that us right for us. Is it time to get out of your head and into your life
To get the most out of our time try asking yourself what are holding, tension, negativity, fear, doubt. These states are limiting and create obstacles within ourself. If we are to get positive energy flowing you need to create a clear space to dream within.
Our bodies and mind hold tension and pain, all we can be is aware of this and be sensitive to it. If something hurts, don’t do it. Don’t push beyond pain, cultivate patience and breath easily. Over time you will feel better. That time can be minutes or longer. Respect that which is difficult, there is a lesson to learn. If you want to overcome the difficulty then seek to understand the source. Yoga is an opportunity for self enquiry. A yoga practice is the ultimate detox, like fatty food sitting on our hips, negativity sticks to our very being and makes us sluggish and tired, just the same as how junk food makes us feel.
If on the other hand you are full of love and vitality, hold that space and know this energy is expansive. Use it wisely. If things aren’t going so well, start to clear out. Its hard to let go even when we know we have to. Embrace positive change.
It’s time to create something new.
lisa March 25th, 2014
I have returned to my former life as a designer and am creating a unique collection of clothes for yoga. These will be specific items that are useful for those who do yoga or just like the vibe. Starting with OM SOCKS (socks that support your soul) and super cool down cardi’s. Available now at www.theyogaclothescompany.co.uk
I am supporting other retailers with lovely clothes and massage oils. More to come soon.
The range will be launched in full at the OM YOGA SHOW at olyimpia, London. October 14