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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…

Yoga Philosophy and Mindfulness

4 Locks, 4 Keys

October 25, 2016

Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra 1.33 offers us an useful – but not always easy to follow – advise on how to cultivate a calm and clear mind, even in challenging situation. Sounds good right? This Sutra is often referred as ”four locks and four keys” Sutra, as it comes in, you guessed it, with four points, or actions to practise. There are various translations of the sutra, but roughly…

Everyday Life and Thoughts

Yoga Instructor’s Back Office

October 23, 2016

In few pictures and words things that happen when planning and preparing for a yoga class. Muutama sana ja kuva siitä, mitä tapahtuu ennen joogatuntia. I wash the yoga mats used. I use very mild soap (Ecover or similar) diluted in a lot of water. Otherwise you can end up with a slippery mat which we do not want (cue literal faceplant.) After the wash and rinse with…