In November 2013, following the previous year’s event, Whitespace Studio in Milton Keynes hosted its second Charity YogaThon with 108 sun salutations. The event raised just over £1,000 for Yoga Gives Back and celebrated the third anniversary of the studio opening. This year I led the whole practice as well as keeping track of the progress to 108. Hopefully we didn’t do too many extra!
On 19 September 2013, a group of Stillpoint Yoga London practitioners and friends came together to flashmob the London Bridge rush hour. Unfortunately I couldn’t be there but still get to enjoy the event through the video that was produced.
You can read more about the day in the SYL website posting ‘How To Organise A Yoga Flashmob – Our Story…‘.
In September 2013 I was one of more than 100 people participating in a flash mob, spontaneously practicing yoga in the centre of Milton Keynes. It was fantastic joining with so many people to mark International Day of Peace. Here are a few images from the event.
Petri Räisänen started practicing Ashtanga Yoga in 1988 and is co-owner and director of Ashtanga Yoga Helsinki. In April 2013 I was fortunate to be able to attend a workshop on ‘Trishtana’ given by Petri. Trishtana (or tristana) is a concept within the Ashtanga Yoga system referring to the union of three types of awareness during yoga practice: posture, breathing and looking place. Practicing with this unified awareness brings the practice simultaneously into the body, the nervous system and the mind.
Following the workshop, Petri gave a talk about the writing of his book, Ashtanga Yoga, Yoga in the tradition of Sri K Pattabhi Jois. During the writing Petri conducted a series of interviews with Sri K Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Jois and this is reflected in the detailed content. It’s truly a beautiful book, sitting comfortably as both a ‘coffee-table’ photographic portfolio of the asana in the Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series, and as a guide to the yoga poses, breathing techniques and philosophy of Ashtanga Yoga.
On 30 December 2012, Stillpoint Yoga London hosted a wonderful day of celebration and remembrance in honour of Ozge Karabiyik, who died in January 2012. With teaching by John Scott and Lucy Crawford, the day raised £1,400 in aid of Centrepoint.
I was really grateful to be able to share this day with Brigitte, Brian, Sue and Chris, who travelled with me from Milton Keynes for their first visit to Stillpoint, along with Scott, John, Lucy and many Stillpoint friends.
In November 2012, Whitespace Studio in Milton Keynes hosted its first Charity YogaThon with 108 sun salutations to raise money and to celebrate the second anniversary of the studio opening. For almost everyone in the room it was their first ever 108. I still remember the first time I did a 108 practice! And with it being a true community event many different yoga teachers each ‘led’ a section of the 108, each in their own way.
The entire 108 practice is compressed into just three and a half minutes in this video! I’m leading the section from about 1:25 to 1:37, and then I also led the Ashtanga finishing sequence after the practice (starting around 2:18.