Sound-Of-The-Sea Changing
Good Times Yoga Blog
by Tania Shillam
3w ago
Dear Yogis, I wonder, these days, if there’s a proper sea-change happening with Ashtanga. I think it’s coming out of its strict unwelcoming phase back to its rightful no-drama, be-mindful home. I do hope so. Ashtanga is such a valuable practice. Everyone should do it or an approximation of it. A teacher that I absolutely loved when I attended his workshops in London, Gregor Mahler, talked about having been a yoga zealot, sneering at students with physical limitations and looking for students 'of the gifted variety'. (What on earth is that?). But, inevitably, he went on the journey that my favo ..read more
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Monday Lunchtimes S&C
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by Tania Shillam
2M ago
Dear Yogis, Well! Strength & Conditioning on Monday lunchtimes, 1.00-2.00, is getting overbooked so it’s Almost time to start a second one. Here’s a taste of things we do: for a warm-up we do modified Sun Salutations. These are actually Fun Salutations because stay awhile in plank and do plank variations. Then arms with weights. Then legs including ‘Bulgarians’ and some knee strengthening. Core work including ‘Russians’ and, everybody’s favourite, Lying Leg Raises. In this class we use a Decathlon 5 kg Weight Training Band (£6.99) and a Decathlon Glutes Weight Training Resistance Band (£5 ..read more
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Faith. Tribute.
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by Tania Shillam
3M ago
Dear Yogis, I’ve been thinking a lot about faith recently. My friend died. Often he referenced his Catholic beliefs as part of his reasoning. But that’s not what brought me to my little lightning strike of realisation. Faith, I think, is in yourself; in your inner trust and confidence that you will do the right thing. My precious friend did this with mountainous kindness and natural generosity. There are incredible stories about him helping people financially and supporting people with advice. We are/were both carers. He looked after his parents and he loved to hear my stories of Mum. He told ..read more
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New Class: Strength & Conditioning
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by Tania Shillam
5M ago
Dear Yogis, Christmas, eh! How were the presents? Did you get blocks and bolsters? Is your New Year Resolution up and running? I saw this quote about the meaning of Christmas from A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens. “I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach.” I hope you had a good Christmas. I hope you weren’t lonely. I’m starting a new class from next Monday – 15th January. I’ve never done a 1.00 lunchtime class bef ..read more
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The Vagus Nerve, Psoas, Anxiety Connection Workshop
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by Tania Shillam
6M ago
Dear Yogis, Happy November! One of the classes I took at the October Yoga Show last was all about the Vagus Nerve. I’ve written about this before when I did a workshop with Eddie Stern all about the importance of the Vagus Nerve. The second blog was Eddie Stern, again, when he asked ‘Why Does Yoga Work?’ Clue… it’s the Vagus Nerve! Well, at the Yoga Show, the workshop ‘The Vagus Nerve, Psoas, Anxiety Connection Workshop’ was with Janie Larmour from The Centre of Yoga in Australia. Have a look below at the class plan of the workshop we did. This is what she says about it: The vagus nerve connec ..read more
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Like Nina Simone, I'm feelin good!
Good Times Yoga Blog
by Tania Shillam
8M ago
Dear Yogis, Like Nina Simone, I'm feelin good. Greetings from Kapsali, Kythera. I’m writing this by the side of the sea, listening to the easy roll of the waves on the shore. Two massive treats came out of this visit. Kapsali is a seaside village that just keeps on giving. First of all, Porto Delfino, the hotel we base our yoga retreat in, has a Hammam and treatment rooms so I started off my stay with a Hot Stones treatment. It’s amazing! Massaging isn’t done with the hands – it’s done with the hot stones. I can’t tell you how much the back appreciates this after the journey here. Then the Ham ..read more
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2023 Magical Kapsali Yoga Retreat
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by Tania Shillam
10M ago
Hello Yogis! OK! Finally! This email is about the Kapsali Yoga Retreat. I have my tickets! As I always say, come with me to a place where the soul can breathe! Take a look at pictures and testimonials from previous years. Our day will be a yoga sandwich, early morning and evening yoga and the filling will be lots of lovely things to do: workshops, saunas and treatments, walks… If you want to come with a non-yogi friend or partner (like me! I’m the carer of a beautiful 91-year-old) they can do the stretchy, meditative evening class and the excursions. Dates: Flying Monday 25th September, return ..read more
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Be A Longevity Expert
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by Tania Shillam
11M ago
Hello Yogis! Well! I was listening to an interview with Canadian Physician Dr Peter Attia and I bought his book immediately. The interview is here, on Virgin Radio. Wind forward to 02:50:30. Here are some key points: Q1. Beware the marginal decade and bring on the bonus decade. Discuss. "The truth is every one of us will have a last year of your life. What can you do to make it the best possible version of that decade, physically, mentally, emotionally?” Q2. Training for the last decade of life. "I want to be able to sit on the floor for 20 minutes with ease and get up on my own power. I want ..read more
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Forgive Yourself
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by Tania Shillam
1y ago
Hello Yogis! Since the workshop with Judith Hanson Lasater, ‘Letting Go: The Heart of Yoga Practice’, there’s a question she asked that has been on my mind. I think it’s a really useful question: “What is the one repetitive thought that once you let go of it would make the biggest difference in your life? It's there in the background like a bad song”.  She said: “Worrying is praying for what you don’t want”. “The mind gives off 16, 000 thoughts a day. It just generates thoughts and if you give them power they ruin your life”. This repetitive thought is keeping you from yourself. It is tet ..read more
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Letting Go... Of What?
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by Tania Shillam
1y ago
Hello Yogis! Recently I attended a workshop by Judith Hanson Lasater called ‘Letting Go: The Heart of Yoga Practice’. She said: ‘The entire history and teaching of yoga is letting go. It's not acquiring poses.  It's about recognising what is it that we are letting go? Specifically…? The ego's view of reality. Egoism means believing and seeing the world from a narrow viewpoint. As if that isn’t bad enough, egoism is enhanced by conflict: for example, clinging to being right or separation. Yoga points to whatever isn’t that; The Big Awareness. When we let go, we are no longer a prisoner of ..read more
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