• One of my students, Helen Edwards is currently studying for an MA in Teaching and Art at Brookes University. Part of the course is to develop her own practice as an artist to become a better or more informed teacher.

    Her practice is focused on developing a discipline in drawing, in particular understanding the origins and use of contrapposto*  in Greco/Roman figures.
    She wishes to further the practice by looking into Yoga poses and the twists and turns that the human form takes in yoga poses.
    She’s using photographs of our practitioners to develop her work.

    Greco/Roman figures

    The Borghese Warrior: Musée du Louvre, Paris

    The Borghese Warrior: Musée du Louvre, Paris

    This statue is known as the Borghese Warrior, it is probably a version of an original of the 3rd century BC and is signed by the copyist Agasias in lettering of about 100 BC, it was found at Antium and the original is now in Paris, Musée du Louvre. (notes by Helen)

      

    Belvedere Torso: Pio Clementine Museum, Vatican City.  Greek

    The original is a marble sculpture of a male nude torso signed by the Athenian sculptor Apollonius and was long thought to be a1st century B.C.E. original. It is now believed that Apollonius coped a 2nd-century original.  The torso had much influence on the late Renaissance, early baroque sculptors and was much studied by the likes of Michaelangelo.  (notes by Helen)

     

     

     

     

    Yoga poses + drawings by Helen

  • Wonderful workshop with Pixie Lillas at the Iyengar Institute in London. My second workshop with this Australian teacher.

    Pixie’s teaching is well paced. With Iyengar Yoga, you are meant to spend some time watching and listening to the teacher. It can sometimes slow down your inner pace. Pixie succeeds in taking time for explanations, demonstrations, corrections without interrupting at all the general pace of the class. Postures are being done and repeated in good time, without remaining that long in each one. Pixie’s very precise in her directions and corrects you appropriately . Her main focus at the week-end was on lifting back rib area, in back- and forward bends.

    There is a lot of energy involved in her teaching. She never looks exhausted, speaks clearly, sometimes with her eyes half closed, speaking loud enough to be heard from the back of the class. She maintains entire concentration for three hours. All pace no break.

    I like her comments on inversions which you can find here

    https://balmainyoga.com/articles/inverted-postures-iyengar-yoga/

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    Thank you Pixie for a very energizing

    workshop.

  • Two years ago I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. I was quite distressed and worried by the news and knew that I would have to make some significant life changes. My diet was one, but introducing some form of activity and exercise was another ; that would improve my well-being. Choosing an activity that you enjoy ( rather then being a chore) is far more fun and you will be more likely to keep it up. For me, it was Yoga I found it relaxing, calming but it challenged me also. Yoga has helped me build muscle and core strength . By creating healthy habits, such as sitting less and moving more, has given me positive energy.

    Barbara, Oxfordshire, July 2015

  • We ‘ve had two sessions so far. The women seem to like it. The first time I came, the TV was on, two babies were crawling around, toys were scattered across the light carpeted room. We introduced ourselves briefly. I said children would take part in the session and mums didn’t need to worry about them being “lively”.

    Mobile phones were still on, ready to vibrate and buzz. I didn’t say anything. Yoga should keep us focused in any environment. Their environment at the moment was not the quietest one, but it was safe.

    We bottom walked on the floor, straightening our backs. The children sat laughing on their mothers’ laps.

    The second time, one woman had already left the house to get her own place somewhere with her child. Another young woman was waiting to find herself a flat, the third one was struggling to stay awake after a sleepless night with a sick baby. A new resident had gone shopping and was disappointed as she came back to have missed the session.

    We managed a few poses in silence. Between cat and dog postures, the tired mum fed her child. In the meantime the other young woman asked if she could turn the TV off next door. I was very pleased with her need for quietness.

    After feeding, the baby sat in his pushchair and watched. We proceeded happily towards relaxation. I believe everyone felt the benefits of letting go for a few moments.

    Laurence Nagy, on a mission for Yoga Quota , April 2015

    http://www.nagy-yoga.com

     

     

     

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