June 29, 2020

Given much of the world is experiencing lockdown – a sort of enforced retreat – we need to learn how to be with ourselves, and ideally how to enjoy being with ourselves too. Sounds simple, but for me it certainly wasn’t easy.

I’ve had a head start, though, having starte...

February 23, 2020

Practising Zen, Yoga & Capoeira, I am amazed by some of the similarities, crossovers and linkages – every day I seem to see something new. Yoga complements so many areas of life, so whilst I see more and more people practising Yoga and Capoeira together, or Zen and Yog...

February 17, 2020

‘Who am I?’ is 1 of the 5 spiritual questions or Koans which Zenways work on during the ‘Breakthrough to Zen’ retreats. I wrote about my experiences on these retreats in my previous blog called ‘Weeding the Garden’.

On these Zenways retreats, a key component is the dyad...

December 19, 2019

I’m writing this blog one day after returning from my 4 th Zenways ‘Breakthrough to Zen’ retreat with Zen Master Daizan (see www.zenways.org for more info about this work).

My main motivation for writing this is because I believe many more people could benefit from doin...

October 18, 2018

I remember one of the more acrobatic and impressive capoeira players I trained with (Marcelo de Caxias) telling me that his 3 secrets were training, training and yet more training. He smiled each time he said the word in Portuguese (treino).

Later I learned that whilst...

September 4, 2018

I have lost count of the number of times when I have reminded my students that Yoga is not competitive. It’s a simple statement to say, and logically it should be pretty simple to understand, but somehow it really takes a long time for this to sink in. In truth I’m not...

June 21, 2018

Scientific research suggests that it takes about 10,000 hours of practice to obtain mastery of what you want to learn. In my case, I’m working on Capoeira & Yoga, studying, learning & integrating both practices as well as teaching what I learn to others.

Formally I...

May 23, 2018

Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about spontaneity and structure in yoga and other mindful movement work and what it might mean to truly let go and flow.

In Yoga, developing our own spontaneous practice is one of the main long term goals of what we do, but in the vast...

April 30, 2018

Looking back, I think I started Capoeira by accident. I was a languages student learning Spanish and
Portuguese, and as part of our degree course we spent a year abroad where people spoke these
languages. I was in Mexico and planning to go to Brazil later. In the Mexic...

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