The trees are in their autumn beauty. Thank the various and many gods for the Om Yoga Show, marking October twilight, the end of the summer, and giving us inspiration to keep up an energetic and varied yoga practice into winter weather. It’s a weekend of yoga chaos, hullabaloo and overmuchness at Alexander Palace. It’s celebratory and I’m going with my usual addict’s helplessness.
I’m assisting Marcus Veda in his Saturday 2:00 - 3:30 workshop The Divine Spine: A Rocket Yoga Workshop. Marcus promises to give you ‘all the vitalising backbends of Ashtanga’s second series’ as well as inversions and arm-balances.
I have my eye on Claire Missinghams's The All New You in which she promises an inspirational lecture, asana, Kriyas and meditations to give and internal upgrade to the nervous system. That’s on Saturday at 10.30-12.00 for £18.
On Saturday at 16.30-17.30 Emily Brett who is the founder of Ourmala is teaching Slow Flow. Ourmala is all about teaching refugees, suicide awareness, yoga for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, for people who have survived war, torture, trafficking, slavery and persecution. I have to be in her class!
On Saturday in the Soul Food Kitchen at 16.00-16.30 is chef Edward Daniel teaching How to Ferment and Create Great Bacteria For The Gut - How to make Sauerkraut, Kombucha, Water Kefir and nut cheeses. It's Free!
As usual I have to beg you to come to David Sye's How To Get High On Your Own Supply. It's on Sunday at 14.00-15.00, £15. David Sye is someone you should know. He teaches joy in the most challenging of places. (I’ve written about him before: for example in 2017, and 2018.)
It’s a bit booked up next week. See attached for class availability. There are some spaces left. Come if you possibly can.
On Friday 1st November, 19:45 - 21:45, Charlie Merton is teaching her beautiful Friday evening workshop, A Complete Practice: body, breath, mind + mantra with gong bath: 20 minutes working with mantra, 20 minutes of breath and mudra, 40-45 minutes physical asana practice and 40 minutes of sound meditation with gongs and other instruments.
Yoga in the News
The Guardian has: Swami Shivapremananda obituary – the monk credited with spreading the teachings of Sivananda yoga throughout the world.
The Jerusalem Post has: Yoga and the Jews. “But is it Kosher?” A yoga teacher comments: “The strongest therapeutic elements of yoga get us out of our own minds, or those looping stories that we repeat in our heads. And one of the great parts of Sukkot is this approach of, ‘You did all your work and you did all this reflecting. Now quiet the mind and get out of your story and be in this moment.’
This is great! Lifehacker Australia has: How To Start Practicing Yoga With Your Kids. The article is an excellent resource for people who want a list of books and ideas to teach their children yoga.