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Security concept - Keyhole digital screen - Image Credit Free Range Stock - Jack MorehThat title could almost be a mantra 🙂

So I’m back from the retreat and what an extraordinary time it was.

It was organised by the Yoga Biomedical Trust (YBT) and was taught by Dr Shrikrishna Bhushan, who recently retired as Director of the Kaivalyadhama Institute of Yogic Health in Mumbai.  This organisation was founded 70 years ago and is affiliated to the University of Mumbai.  Dr Shrikrishna has been teaching for YBT for nearly twenty years, here in the UK and in Germany.

It is very difficult these days to find trustworthy and bona fide practitioners and teachers in the field of yoga and spirituality – the internet is awash with people offering all sorts.  Luckily for me, my late father was a trustee of YBT for several years and knew the Director, Dr Robin Monro, very well, as a friend and colleague, so I knew I would be in good hands. Continue reading

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Bodymind

Stacked pebbles.

Stacked pebbles.

With over three years of daily practice under my belt, I’ve seen lots of changes in my life.

The way I see things, the way I interpret things, the way I deal with things, the way I feel about things – all of these are better.  More peaceful, more calm, more measured, more effective, just better.

It’s not just my mind that has changed, however.

My body too, has undergone a gradual but palpable transformation.  Sitting with my spine straight and unsupported, my torso upright and holding its own weight, has given me core strength the like of which I could never have imagined possible.  Also, I have felt the asymmetry between my right and left sides even out slowly.

I’ve known for a long time that my right leg is a bit longer than my left, but sitting cross legged on the floor every day has made me aware that there is a big difference down the whole length of my body.  My right side is bigger, longer, denser and stiffer than my left.  Sometimes I feel the asymmetry even in warmth on the right side and coolness on the left.

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