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Personal Truth or Fake News? Exploring Satya: Part 1

May 5, 2018

by Susie Surtees  ‘You could write about the Yamas’, said Shayna Ogden, my yoga teacher. ‘Sure’, I said, and after a little research, decided to start with Satya, the second of the yoga Yamas, or restraints. Put simply, it means thinking, feeling and behaving from a place of truth in both your inner and outer worlds. I sat down to…

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In Conversation with Shayna Ogden: Exploring Surrender

March 26, 2018

by Susie Surtees I confess. The resistance/surrender duality is alive in me. The dictionary definitions of surrender are: ‘Stop resisting to an enemy or opponent and submit to their authority’, and ‘Give in to a powerful emotion or influence’. In yoga practice, I experience both. I’m reminded of the Balinese checked fabric poleng—black squares against white—a metaphor for life’s many…

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Yoga — Two Kinds of Body Memory. Like Paper. Like a Flower.

February 1, 2018

By Susie Surtees In February 2017 I came home to yoga after decades away. After almost a year, I’ve discovered that my body is using two memory systems. Let me tell you how I experience them. Picture a sheet of artist’s paper. Fine, smooth, fit for purpose. But when creased, crumpled or rolled, restoring it to a flawless state verges…

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Overcoming the Obstacles to Yoga Practice – Part 3

November 4, 2017

Overcoming the Obstacles to Yoga Practice Part 3     Tips for Establishing Your Home Asana and Pranayama Practice By Shayna Ogden,  October 2017 Edited by Cara Steele (thanks) In the previous two blog posts I shared my own experience of establishing a home yoga practice then explained some of the obstacles to practice that we all face, as outlined by Patanjali…

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Overcoming the Obstacles to Yoga Practice – Part 2

November 4, 2017

Part 2     Practice in Relation to the Sutras By Shayna Ogden,  October 2017 Edited by Cara Steele (again, thanks Cara) In my previous blog post, I described my personal journey in establishing a home yoga practice. In this post I examine three sutras that relate to that experience. The obstacles that we all face when trying to establish a home…

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Benefits of a Yoga Retreat

August 31, 2017

by Shayna Ogden Often students ask me why they should go on a yoga retreat. I answer honestly “to do more yoga”. But this doesn’t really do justice to their sincere question. Attending a residential yoga retreat is a completely different experience to attending yoga classes on a regular basis. Below I have tried to outline a few major points…

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The Joy of Being a Student

June 14, 2017

By Shayna Ogden I arrived in India keen to begin classes at RIMYI. I hadn’t been for four years and was eager to have my body opened and knowledge poured into it to facilitate further yoga self-discovery. It was late Saturday afternoon, too late for a class, and the Institute is closed on Sundays. So we (J.H. and myself) chose…

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Yoga and Anxiety

November 16, 2016

Recently, I have noticed an increase in the number of new students enrolling at our yoga school who suffer with mild or in some cases chronic anxiety. Some students take medication for this condition. I know this because we ask all new students to fill in a health assessment form before starting classes and up to 15% of new students…

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Mindfulness by Another Name

December 16, 2015

By Shayna Ogden The subject of mindfulness is enjoying a lot of popularity recently, as it should. More mindfulness in the world can only be a good thing. The recent prevalence of mindfulness courses and the abundance of articles about mindfulness that have appeared in newspapers, health and wellness magazines as well as the explosion in the availability of mindfulness…

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Abhyasa and Vairagya – Foundations of Yoga

November 26, 2013

A complete study of yoga requires us to study and apply the concepts of Abhyasa and Vairagya. They are the two main principles upon which yoga is based. To have an in depth discourse about them, we need to understand what they are. Abhyasa is defined as practice and repetition of practice. “It is the art of learning that which…

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