23 years on and that date is seared in my mind as strongly as it has ever been. The worst day of my life. A day that irrevocably changed the lives of so many people like ripples forming in a pond. No – more like waves crashing around a huge boulder rammed into the once … More 18th June 1994
This morning I heard a friend had died. The four year old girl inside me wails, she can’t understand the loss of her father. A separation she experienced before she had words to understand or memory to remember. Her wordless pain and confusion tear at my soul. I’m unable to distinguish the feelings of my … More Healing … PTSD, Samskaras and Karma
A feeling I’m not unused to, especially since I’ve been recovering from burn-out. A feeling that reminds of a hangover, eyes squinty, limbs heavy, no coordination, requiring herculean effort to walk up the stairs or even tap away on this keyboard. After hauling myself slowly up the stairs, which I can at other times cavort … More Befuddled Brain and Lead Limbs – Burn-out with a Mountain Backdrop
She rolls in over the clear night sky, clouds gathering silently overhead. The darkness of the night camouflage for her thick dark blanket now covering the mountain top. Unnoticed she has crept up and now has us completely shrouded in her cloak. She begins by humming gently, sweeping in circles around the peak. In ever … More The Wrath of the Iron Goddess
Seeing mountains from the plains down below they rise up in their vastness, tall and majestic but seemingly out of reach; it feels like they are aloof, the arrogant good looker saying ‘yes, you can look but you can’t touch’. Once engulfed in the Himalayan range the mountains feel welcoming; no longer am I merely … More The Great Himalayan Smile
As it warms up in south India I migrate northwards. Leaving the dizzy-making heat behind me, my body starts to recognise itself in the cooler climes; enjoying the cool nights, snuggling in a hoody and socks. I’m starting to feel the healthy impulses to carry out my small daily routines that were disrupted in the … More Migrating north – is authenticity the key to my energy?
Stealthily he glides through the world hardly daring to allow his feet to touch the earth. His breath silent and shallow; the expansion and contraction of his ribcage barely perceptible. The Ninja inhabits a safe space in this dangerous world, one where he creates no waves, not even in the air particles around him; he … More The Ninja
Over the past month I’ve been finding a sense of balance. I’ve been taken in by an Indian family in Kerala; really been welcomed to their home and allowed to consider it my home too. I’ve had the chance just to take care of myself, not having to even worry about day to day planning, … More Watching the Ebb and Flow of my Energy – recovering from burn-out
‘Why is awareness of our breathing and the way we breath is so important?’ See my previous article for a background to this discussion. As I write I’m realising there is no short simple answer to this question, so I’m going to discuss it in sections: ‘Anatomy and Physiology of Breathing’, ‘How Breathing Helps us … More Anatomy of breathing – where and why our body moves
I’ve spent a long time in the company of yogis and physiotherapists, there the importance of the breath is taken for granted. Within my profession as a physiotherapist and yoga instructor I’ve taught awareness of breath and breathing techniques countless times. Within the field of my job it has never really been questioned as to … More What’s so important about breathing?