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5 WAYS TO CREATE TIME FOR YOUR YOGA PRACTICE

Did you try that yoga class and would love to continue, though your day is already sooooo busy? Or do you have already a daily asana yoga practice and would love to add chanting, meditation, studying of yoga philosophy or … Continue reading

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THE (WELL-KNOWN) SECRET FOR STILLNESS OF MIND

Jan 14th, 2012 – Dhamma Giri centre, Igatpuri (India) – It’s about 11.30am on the 10th day of a Vipassana meditation retreat and silence precept has just been removed. I walk around in search of my boyfriend, who I haven’t … Continue reading

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TEACHING YOGA: AS EASY AS IT SEEMS?

Here I am lying down on the couch, legs up and feeling drained 😦 Who knows me personally also knows that I’ve always been bursting with energy. Than, what’s happened? For the last couple of months I’ve been on an … Continue reading

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TIM MILLER: WHO IS THE REAL YOGA TEACHER?

Earlier this week I wrote about teaching yoga (Is it a job or more than that?) and a very interesting discussion on the role of the teacher followed with friends. Today I was reading Tim Miller’s blog – Tuesdays with … Continue reading

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RICHARD FREEMAN ON AN ABBREVIATED PRACTICE

Earlier this week I wrote about ‘what to do on those days when practicing yoga seems the hardest thing‘. And today I run into an ‘ask the expert’ question answered by the well-well-known ashtanga yoga teacher Richard Freeman. Question is: … Continue reading

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WHAT TO DO ON THOSE DAYS WHEN PRACTISING YOGA SEEMS THE HARDEST THING?

Do you have those days when, just waking up, the only idea of doing your asana yoga practice seems like a huge effort? Is it because you’re been working a lot, partying a lot or for reasons you even don’t … Continue reading

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YOGA: ADJUSTMENTS NOT OR ADJUSTMENTS YES?

Adjustments not, adjustments yes… a never ending discussion in the Ashtanga Yoga world and beyond! In my years of practice with different teachers I’ve been to both extremes… rarely in the middle way (at least what I consider the middle … Continue reading

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MYSTERIOUS ARE THE WAYS OF KARMA

The Gita says: ‘Mysterious are the ways of Karma. Man plans one thing out of pride, egoism and conceit, but God wills something completely different… the Divine will is bound to prevail.’ ‘Since I rely absolutely on my Guru, on … Continue reading

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BRIEF GUIDE TO RISHIKESH, THE TOWN OF RISHIS AND CONTRADICTIONS – Part 2 of 2

Ok, it took a bit longer than expected to complete this blog post (insert link to part 1) but here it is 🙂 after being home since 5 days and some editing to my original notes. Enjoy!   Lakshman Jhula … Continue reading

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MIRACLES A CASTOR OIL BATH CAN MAKE TO YOU

If you knew that a castor oil bath releases all sorts of tensions in your body, relaxes the muscles and mind, works in disgregating scar tissue, helps in recovering from body pains, cools you down, makes you more flexible and … Continue reading

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‘IMAGES OF YOGA, INSTANTS OF LIFE’… WITH GRATITUDE!

One week is already over since the vernissage of my first yoga photography exhibition – titled ‘Images of Yoga, Instants of Life’ – took place and… … thank you Alessandra di Prampero, for making all that possible. You had the … Continue reading

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2 PASSIONS, 1 LOVE – THANK YOU YOGA JOURNAL!

That’s what happens when 2 passions become 1 love. Yoga + Photography = Yogascapes! Yoga Journal Italy this month features a photo by myself on the cover as well as a full article re: my yogascaping in Mysore, India. Enjoy! … Continue reading

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7 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR YOGA PRACTICE AT HOME EASIER

To build up a self-practice at home seems to be a very tough attempt for most yoga practitioners. How come? In my own experience, it used to be a challenge to get out of bad early in the morning and … Continue reading

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REFLECTIONS ON IMPERMANENCE

Monday, December 31st… last day of 2012! Was it a good year? Or was it not? Is it so difficult to say? As far as I’m concerned, I do know – mentally – that 2012 was a very good year: … Continue reading

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DO YOU NEED PHYSICAL PAIN TO BE PRESENT?

On many days you lay out your yoga mat, sit on it, breath trying to grab the centre, stand up, chant the invocation, start with Surya Namaskara A and… your mind is already somewhere else! To the office work waiting … Continue reading

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IMAGES OF YOGA, INSTANTS OF LIFE

It was the beginning of 2012 and I was freaking out at leaving my company and my role after 13 years… I had no much else I could figure out of doing but I knew I needed time to be … Continue reading

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DO YOU DO YOGA WHILE COOKING?

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about yoga as ‘living the present, being here and now’ and as it was a constant thought it also happened to be there while I was in my kitchen getting lunch ready. While there, … Continue reading

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‘OH GOSH, PRACTICE WILL BE TOUGH TODAY!’

Have you ever waken up one morning and thought ‘Gosh, practice will be tough today!’ as first thing? Well, it happened to me this morning! 8am, Sunday, previous 2 nights out and unusually late in bed, the realization the very … Continue reading

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5 REASONS WHY I’M MISSING PRACTISING IN MYSORE SO MUCH

3 weeks back home and… already missing my practice at K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute so much!    Why? 1/ the deep reverence for the practise: a symbol of it to me is the little foyer where you sit … Continue reading

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PASHASANA, INTERMEDIATE SERIES and A WORLD OF EXPECTATIONS

Yes, after 3 years of Ashtanga Yoga practice, 3 times to Mysore to practise at S. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute (KPJAYI) I finally got ‘pashasana’! first posture of intermediate a.k.a. second series. Yesterday I was dropping back when Sharath, … Continue reading

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UTPLUTHIH and THE POWER OF BEING INTENSE

Sunday, August 19th Alarm, 2.30 am 6 hours sleep Primary led class, 4.15 am … and the challenge to sustain Utpluthih for the loooooooooooong 10 counts made by Sharath!   It’s now exactly one month I’ve been practicing at K. … Continue reading

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SOMNATHPUR, the KESAVA TEMPLE and the CALL HOME

Less than 3 weeks on my 3rd trip to Mysore, Saturday – hence day off from asana practise – and the chance to get with a small bunch of other KPJAYI students to Somnathpur to visit the Kesava temple. I … Continue reading

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K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute: can it still store surprises?

This is my third time at KPJAYI, the cradle of Ashtanga yoga, in Mysore over the last one and a half year. Not that I thought I had seen everything, but for sure I was not expecting what happened this … Continue reading

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ASHTANGA PRIMARY SERIE STANDING POSES – Asana names & meaning

For some reason I always had on my mind to start my blog re: Ashtanga Yoga talking about Yamas but then lately I found myself struggling when trying to recall all Sanskrit names for primary serie asanas. Hence, I thought … Continue reading

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