Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Ana Cabaleiro

Ana Cabaleiro

Found here

Found here

action on hearing loss

Establishing a solid foundation.

I'm running a workshop at The Sunflower Centre in Brockley, London...something for you? 

Feet love walks, rubs, movement and attention and If you want your yoga to build strong, stable, balanced legs, and a healthy spine it's important to work the feet properly—even when you're not standing on them.

In this workshop we will look at the foot patterns that lead to stiffness and tightness in the legs and spine. We will look at how to build an arch, and how to heal and prevent common structural problems of the feet. We will go through the basic 'Foot Health' routines of yoga, and then carry on up the legs, creating space in the knees and restoring greater range of motion in the hips.

Spaces are limited to 8 students so if this is something for you and you are in South East London email Rachel at to book. 


Friday, 25 January 2013

Zebra hand art by Guido Daniele

for that someone special...hint hint...

Boris Mikhailov


Did you see Africa on BBC1 this week? The Springboks 'Pronking' was my favorite bit! Watch the clip here.

"We still don't know exactly why they do this. The simplest answer is that they are dancing for joy."

 --David Attenborough 
(I want to be David Attenborough when i grow up...)

image by willievs

LA Nocturne on

Recommended Listen

I love this current favourite for stretching is a really beautiful compilation of street-front and gospel music. I'm not in the slightest bit religious, but the songs are full of beautiful words and thoughts.

oh graveyard, you can’t hold me always : various artists : mississippi records

Thursday, 24 January 2013


Beautiful tattoos from Miso

Berlin Spider Web

Miso ; Berlin {web} : pinpricks on paper, 50 x 70 cm ; 2013

 "A map of Berlin, woven through the structure of a spider web — – comes into blocks of memory"

Yes Means No by David Byrne
From Arboretum (UK; public library)
"In many shamanic societies, if you came to a medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask one of four questions: When did you stop dancing? When did you stop singing? When did you stop being enchanted by stories? When did you stop finding comfort in the sweet territory of silence?" 

-- Gabrielle Roth (from coketalk via rebeccaketchum)

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Akram Khan: DESH

DESH 3 min excerpt from Akram Khan Company

"Moving between Britain and Bangladesh, Khan weaves threads of memory, experience and myth into a surreal world of surprising connection. At once intimate and epic, DESH explores fragility in the face of natural forces, and celebrates the resilience of the human spirit in the rhythms of labour, in dream and story,  and in transformation and survival."

Would love to see this!

All images for Akram Khan Company by Richard Haughton

Yoga: The Art of Transformation

Hatha Yogic Pranayam depicted in a wall painting, dating back to the early 18th century

Yoga: The Art of Transformation, at The Sackler Gallery in Washington, DC will be the world's first exhibition about the discipline's visual history. I wish i could go and see it!

... (the exhibition) explores how its meanings changed over time as yoga became a global phenomenon. Eighty masterpieces of sculpture and painting, dating from the 3rd century to the 18th century, illuminate yoga's central tenets as well as its obscured histories. Some 40 colonial and early modern photographs, books, and films reveal how yoga was despised as superstition during the 19th century and then resurrected in early 20th-century India as a democratic practice open to all. Borrowed from 25 museums and private collections in India, Europe, and the United States, its highlights include an installation that reunites for the first time three monumental stone yogini goddesses from a 10th-century Chola temple; 10 folios from the first illustrated compilation of asanas (yogic postures), which was made for a Mughal emperor in 1602 and has never been exhibited in the United States; and a Thomas Edison film, Hindoo Fakir (1906), the first movie ever produced about India...

The exhibition will be on from October 19, 2013 - January 26, 2014.

Trikala Bhairava, 11th – 12th century; Cleveland Museum of Art.
 Found via yogadork

Turn of the century stretching!

Found at SurrenderDorothy

from here

Monday, 21 January 2013

Recommended Read

If you desire expert advice and information about London's wellbeing hotspots then the lovely Sally Lovett of Stretching The City has just released a book with Vespertine Press. I highly recommend taking a peek!

"It's a beautifully designed, hand-bag sized guide to London's healthiest and holistic places - including vegetarian, raw & vegan eateries, the very best yoga and meditation centres and fun places to work up a sweat. All the places featured in the book are drop-in with no hefty membership fees and each review is accompanied with stunning photography. There's also a 'Words of Wellbeing' section at the back which includes contributions from leading London experts in nutrition, fitness, yoga, meditation and holistic therapies."

You can see more and buy the book here: and for more tips follow on twitter here: @Wellbeing_LDN