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Is there a diversity problem in yoga?

November 9, 2017

Last Monday I attended a teacher’s symposium on the topic “The Diversity Problem in Yoga” at TriYoga’s Camden studio. The premises of the talk was to find out (as much as possible) why yoga in the Western world, today being more popular and mainstream than ever, seems to practiced by a very homogenous set of people, often identified as a white, able-bodied, middle-class women. Why is it that…

Asana Practise and Wellness Through Movement

Yoga Teacher Training – Things to Consider

October 27, 2017

Several of my friends working in the fitness and wellbeing industry have been asking me lately about how and where to train as a yoga teacher. Unless you follow a particular teacher and/or school of yoga (such as Ashtanga or Iyengar) there is an overwhelming amount of trainings out there and it can get quite confusing what they have to offer and how do they differ from one…

Everyday Life and Thoughts

Om Yoga Show London

October 22, 2017
OmYogaShowLondon October 2017

Two weeks into being back in London, I have been making most of the things I did not have a chance to do in Cyprus: Walking around a lot, going to classical music concerts and having dinner at 6 pm (rather than at 9 pm.) Of course there has been yoga too. This week I have ventured to Yoga Place E2 (apparently the oldest yoga studio in East…

Reviews and Things I Like

The Open Yoga Day Cyprus 2017

September 24, 2017
Truthfulness

The Third Open Yoga Day Cyprus is coming up on the 8th October, hosted this time in Larnaca, under the theme of Satya, truthfulness. To learn more about this free & open for all event I sat down with two of the organisers, Mayka Sabova and Marilena Shyama Shakti, for a chat. This is the third year this event is being held in Cyprus. Where did the initial…

Reviews and Things I Like

Who Owns Yoga?

September 11, 2017
Yoga competition

If you found my previous post interesting (or annoying, just as valid), there is more! In a documentary entitled “Who Owns Yoga?” the Al-Jazeera correspondent Bhanu Bhatnagar “explores the impact of our modern obsession with one of the world’s oldest physical and spiritual practises.” It’s only 50 minutes long and it features well established names from the yoga world in the West and East, such as Sharon Gannon…

Asana Practise and Wellness Through Movement

Can yoga ever be considered as a (competitive) sport?

September 6, 2017

Few months ago a fellow yoga teacher posted on Facebook an article about whether or not yoga should be considered as a sport that triggered my interest. For most of us the mere idea of talking yoga and sport, let alone yoga as a competitive sport, seems outrageous. The steady breathe, the journey for emotional and maybe even spiritual wellbeing and inner peace that we associate with yoga…

Asana Practise and Wellness Through Movement

The Traveling Yoga Mat

August 12, 2017
matkamatto

It is 100% true that to practise yoga all you need is the willingness and the patience to do so. The yamas and the niyamas are accessible everywhere, and there is no “wrong” way of practising them. Equally breathing techniques, pranayama, can be incorporated into everything, because well, it’s breathing! As for asana practise, a minimum amount of flat space is of course desirable but after that, the…