• Oak Tree Yoga Blog http://www.oaktreeyogablog.blogspot.co.uk/

    I am a long-time yoga student and yoga teacher. I write about yoga philosophy, modern and ancient yoga practice and about living well through yoga.


  • Yoga is Great

    ; you know this. You start out a little bit mad, a little bit obsessed by the wrong stuff, looking to other people to reassure you that you are doing ok, that... Read more

    Posted on 23 May 2016 SELF EXPRESSION
  • Love

    It is crucial that you discover how to value yourself;That you know the truth of your own worth.So much of your suffering comes from not understanding this... Read more

    Posted on 17 January 2016 SELF EXPRESSION
  • New Year's Evolution

    Here's the thing about your brain.The ancient part of it, the limbic system, reacts to threat instinctively with self-righteousness, attack, anger and withdrawa... Read more

    Posted on 31 December 2015 SELF EXPRESSION
  • When You Don't Know How to Begin, Just Begin

    When you don't know how to begin.When you have no idea how to begin.When you become aware that there is something new out there for you, some new place to be, o... Read more

    Posted on 15 December 2015 SELF EXPRESSION
  • Spanda

    It is such a shame that we live in a time when money, position and power are the chief arbiters of success in our lives.It means that when it comes to doing... Read more

    Posted on 19 November 2015 SELF EXPRESSION
  • Viveka

    We know what does us good, don't we? Even if we are only just now learning what it is that we truly want and need in our life in order to live in the fullest,... Read more

    Posted on 16 November 2015 SELF EXPRESSION
  • Voices

    Valuing yourself as much as you value others is a tricky subject for many yogis. In my experience most yogis are kind and humble people, apt to put others befor... Read more

    Posted on 05 November 2014 SELF EXPRESSION
  • Coming Home - Yoga Sutra II,4

    When we practise yoga we are engaged in the process of coming home to ourselves, committing constantly to keep our life's focus on what really matters. Read more

    Posted on 17 October 2014 SELF EXPRESSION
  • Fall

    My teacher told me that life is full of circles, that we go round and round in ever more subtle circles, further and further inward, ever more profound; she tol... Read more

    Posted on 02 October 2014 SELF EXPRESSION
  • Reciprocity

    She booked herself a one to one with me out of the blue and arrived on my doorstep perfectly on time one cold winter's morning. Read more

    Posted on 30 August 2014 SELF EXPRESSION
  • Kintsukuroi - Yoga Sutra II, 37

    My friend is about to set sail on her boat. She is planning on a visit to the Channel Islands, then on to France and down to Italy. Read more

    Posted on 09 August 2014 SELF EXPRESSION
  • Creating Time - Yoga Sutra 1.30

    My good friend is reading a book; it's called Mindfulness for Busy People, or Meditation for People Who Don't Have Time to Meditate, or Peace for People with... Read more

    Posted on 25 July 2014 SELF EXPRESSION
  • Be a Warrior for Love

    "You will learn a lot about yourself if you stretch in the direction of goodness, of bigness, of kindness, of forgiveness, of emotional bravery. Be a warrior fo... Read more

    Posted on 22 June 2014 SELF EXPRESSION
  • The Inbetween Times

    I was asked a great question this week by a student brand new to yoga: how do we maintain a yoga practice in the time between our yoga class? Read more

    Posted on 07 June 2014 SELF EXPRESSION
  • An Undoing

    Undo all of the tension. Come to your mat, every day, every week; move and meditate and breathe in the way that you always should but rarely do. Be alive... Read more

    Posted on 22 May 2014 SELF EXPRESSION
  • How to Listen to Your Soul

    Go somewhere you find beautiful - the beach, an art gallery, the woods, your favourite part of your favourite city. You do not have to be alone; you can be... Read more

    Posted on 26 April 2014 SELF EXPRESSION
  • The Trouble with Yoga

    "The trouble with yoga," she said, "Is that you see things clearly, you become calm, but then you notice the anger and the difficulty much more. Read more

    Posted on 22 April 2014 SELF EXPRESSION
  • Self Care

    I have a student who is quite ill at present, she has been suffering for some time now, but recently her illness has become more severe and it has begun to... Read more

    Posted on 11 April 2014 SELF EXPRESSION
  • Light

    "Let nothing dim the light that shines within"Maya AngelouI have been looking at this quote for a few months now; I wrote it up on a blackboard that I have in m... Read more

    Posted on 08 March 2014 SELF EXPRESSION
  • Birth

    Living a mindful life is like sailing a boat - we cannot simply chart our course for the opposite shore and set off in a straight line from A to B; we must set... Read more

    Posted on 21 February 2014 SELF EXPRESSION