Garden of Yoga


My journeys through yoga, pilates, art and life and all the adventures and vegan delights i enjoy along the way!
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Our theme for this week is creating space. Our yoga practice can literally feel like breathing space within our week, time and space to be present, tune into the breath and detach from the clutter of thoughts within the mind. Yogic stretches help us lengthen out muscles that feel tight and tense, inversions and core strengthening postures help to create a sense of length along the spine while shoulder, chest and lateral stretches make more space for deeper breaths. All these actions work symbiotically to help our minds and bodies feel more spacious, the deeper breaths help us relax and think more clearly and taking the time out to practice often helps us find a fresh perspective.
This theme is inspired by doing a big clean up over the long weekend - our house feels so clean and fresh now! I invite you to take your practice off the mat this week and create some space at home, if the whole house is a bit daunting, choose an area of your life you’d like to enhance and focus on that location. It can really motivate a home meditation or yoga practice if you have a calm clear space to practice in and it’s so much easier to eat well if your fridge and pantry are well organized. I cleaned up my art studio space and I’m so much more inspired to create now. Next project is my wardrobe!
Have a great week Yogis!

Our theme for this week is creating space. Our yoga practice can literally feel like breathing space within our week, time and space to be present, tune into the breath and detach from the clutter of thoughts within the mind. Yogic stretches help us lengthen out muscles that feel tight and tense, inversions and core strengthening postures help to create a sense of length along the spine while shoulder, chest and lateral stretches make more space for deeper breaths. All these actions work symbiotically to help our minds and bodies feel more spacious, the deeper breaths help us relax and think more clearly and taking the time out to practice often helps us find a fresh perspective.

This theme is inspired by doing a big clean up over the long weekend - our house feels so clean and fresh now! I invite you to take your practice off the mat this week and create some space at home, if the whole house is a bit daunting, choose an area of your life you’d like to enhance and focus on that location. It can really motivate a home meditation or yoga practice if you have a calm clear space to practice in and it’s so much easier to eat well if your fridge and pantry are well organized. I cleaned up my art studio space and I’m so much more inspired to create now. Next project is my wardrobe!

Have a great week Yogis!

Hi Yogis, this week we’ll be focusing on asana to prepare us for Autumn. It’s a great time of year to fire up digestion and immunity, so there will be some core strengthening postures to massage the lower belly. As the season changes it’s a great time to reflect and take stock, slowing down rather than rushing from one thing to the next. So while our practice will still flow, we’ll be holding some postures longer than usual (which can be a great way to build heat as the weather cools down) and also observing our state of mind as we move through the practice- are we able to pause and reflect or our minds darting about?
At the Garden of Yoga studio we’ll be working with lots of fun core strength sequences in the aerial hammock and some longer holds, allowing us to deepen into postures that we often flow through quickly.
On the mat, Vinyasa Playlist has now moved to Thursday nights at 7.15pm in the main studio at Dance of Life.
Namaste
Jo

Hi Yogis, this week we’ll be focusing on asana to prepare us for Autumn. It’s a great time of year to fire up digestion and immunity, so there will be some core strengthening postures to massage the lower belly. As the season changes it’s a great time to reflect and take stock, slowing down rather than rushing from one thing to the next. So while our practice will still flow, we’ll be holding some postures longer than usual (which can be a great way to build heat as the weather cools down) and also observing our state of mind as we move through the practice- are we able to pause and reflect or our minds darting about?

At the Garden of Yoga studio we’ll be working with lots of fun core strength sequences in the aerial hammock and some longer holds, allowing us to deepen into postures that we often flow through quickly.

On the mat, Vinyasa Playlist has now moved to Thursday nights at 7.15pm in the main studio at Dance of Life.

Namaste

Jo

turecepcja:

aerial photography by Kacper Kowalski

Kacper Kowalski was born in 1977. With a degree in architecture, he focuses on aerial photography.

Both a pilot and a photographer, he has unique control over each shot. As a result he captures previously unseen natural environments and ordinarily inaccessible cityscapes. In this way unreal, almost graphic pictures come into being. They show patterns, symmetries and asymmetries created by humans and the nature.

For his images he’s received numerous awards and honourable mentions, including the World Press Photo award, Nikon 75th Anniversary Award, Grand Press Photo, National Geographic, Pilsner Urquell International Photography Award (IPA), Sony World Photography Award, Picture of the Year International (POYi) Leica Oskar Barnack Award. 

He lives and works in Gdynia/Poland.

metamerismmuse:

catsbeaversandducks:

Meerkats make the best photographer’s assistants EVER.

Via BuzzFeed

Meerkats 5ever

Meerkats!!

Source: catsbeaversandducks

archiemcphee:

For a whimsical series entitled A Tribute to Budgie, Buenos Aires-based food illustrator and stylist Anna Keville Joyce created beautiful bird illustrations on plates using nothing but food. Scattered around each plate are the edible materials used to create that particular bird.

Photos by Agustín Nieto

[via Free York]

Wow! Amazing food collages

Source: archiemcphee

I just finished a home practice session, integrating some of the new movements from Bali Spirit Festival and playing around with some sequences for Vinyasa Playlist tomorrow night! I’m excited about the Big New Space and Big Sound System, see you on the mat xo

I just finished a home practice session, integrating some of the new movements from Bali Spirit Festival and playing around with some sequences for Vinyasa Playlist tomorrow night! I’m excited about the Big New Space and Big Sound System, see you on the mat xo

magicalnaturetour:

Praying Mantis Rides Snail Through Borneo Jungle. (Photos by Nordin Seruyan/Barcroft Media)

Awwww!

cross-connect:

Jolyon Dupuy born 1956 is an artist from Bromley, Kent, UK. 

He began exploring his latent creativity in the early nineties, having had no formal Art school training. He has always collected found objects many of which were from Kingsdown beach and its proximities having spent his childhood holidays in various cottages on the beach. His working career has been in ship broking, chartering ships all over the world for various clients, which is how he came to be scouring the beaches of Spetses for trouve to build his sons a boat – his first piece of work. Thereafter, his work developed from small pieces for indoor and outdoor spaces, to large scale beach sculptures built on Spetsian beaches, Kingsdown beach and recently a commission built on the Thameside at Greenwich. His materials are sourced mainly from the Kent coast, Greece and the River Thames, but also from skips, street side debris, discarded McDonald’s toys and friendly donations. Nothing is unusable.

Much of his work has a figurative element to it; faces, profiles, heads can be found hidden amongst the lines of the pieces, whereas the larger sculptures frequently reflect the sea, incorporating the horizon, mythical creatures and the weather into its components. The imagination of the observer serves to enhance the power of his pieces, the more you look, the more you see.       via

selected by Tu recepcja

Wow!

Source: Flickr / jdsculpture

Vinyasa Playlist is moving to the big studio at Dance of Life on Thursday nights at 7.15pm!
So this week I’ll be teaching 6pm Pilates for Yogis and 7.15pm Vinyasa Playlist on Monday night and Vinyasa Playlist on Thursday night and from then on just Thursdays. Since I’ll be changing from a double session to just one, i’ll integrating some pilates props and lots of core work into the Thursday session so it will be a combination of both classes. I’ll be bringing lots of Bali inspiration to class this week- including some cool core sequences!
For Monday night folks, my lovely friend India will be teaching some sessions in room 2, I’ll let you know when she’s starting up!!

Vinyasa Playlist is moving to the big studio at Dance of Life on Thursday nights at 7.15pm!

So this week I’ll be teaching 6pm Pilates for Yogis and 7.15pm Vinyasa Playlist on Monday night and Vinyasa Playlist on Thursday night and from then on just Thursdays. Since I’ll be changing from a double session to just one, i’ll integrating some pilates props and lots of core work into the Thursday session so it will be a combination of both classes. 
I’ll be bringing lots of Bali inspiration to class this week- including some cool core sequences!

For Monday night folks, my lovely friend India will be teaching some sessions in room 2, I’ll let you know when she’s starting up!!

Love this message! Seen at the Power of Now Oasis studio in Bali.

Love this message! Seen at the Power of Now Oasis studio in Bali.