Opening and Closing Chants of Ashtanga

Here is an article I wrote about the Ashtanga Opening Chant in Elephant Journal - it's THE most popular thing I've ever written!


Here is a vid I did of the Ashtanga Opening Chant with each line repeated twice and the words written underneath.


Here is an article I wrote about the Ashtanga Closing Chant 


And finally an article about chanting in general


Ashtanga Intensive at Bristol City Yoga

Ashtanga Intensive 

    •    Tuesday 6 - Sunday 11 September 2016 

        Part I: Half Primary (Tuesday – Thursday)

        Part II: After Navasana and Introduction to Second Series (Friday – Sunday)

        You can take the modules separately or combined

    •    Bristol City Yoga

    •    Cost: Whole Intensive: £585 (£565 for BCY graduates / trainees)

        Part I or Part II: £325 (£295 for BCY graduates / trainees

    •    Please contact BCY on 0117 924 4414 or email


Notes: You can attend the Mysore self-practice in the mornings even if you’re not taking the full course!


I’ll be in Bristol in September for a two part Ashtanga Intensive designed for teachers and students who wish to deepen their existing Ashtanga practice. Each day will begin with a Mysore style self practice, then we will look at anatomy and adjustments, split over two parts, Primary up to Navasana, then Navasana and Introduction to the Second Series.

Course Topics

    •    In depth work on personal asana practice, practice of pranayama and chanting

    •    Bandhas and how to teach

    •    Ujjayi breath and how to teach

    •    Course structure and how to teach beginners

    •    Teaching led classes

    •    Adjustments of the key postures of full primary series and early part of second series

    •    Anatomy and physiology of different postures e.g. forward bends, twists, hip opening and back bends

    •    Energetics of the practice

    •    Avoiding and dealing with injuries


To apply please send BCY an email/ written page detailing:


    •    Your name and contact details

    •    Your yoga experience to date

    •    Your current practice

    •    Why you wish to do this course

This intensive can count towards your Yoga Alliance Diploma (500 hour qualification)

For more information see Bristol City Yoga.

Alignment and Strength in Leigh-on-Sea

Ashtanga Yoga: Alignment & Strength Workshop in Leigh-on-Sea

I'm delighted to be returning to Shambhala Studios in Leigh-on-Sea for an afternoon workshop in June.

We'll begin the afternoon by going through some of the basics of alignment and building strength. After a quick break we'll take what we've learnt from the first section of the workshop and apply it to a led primary class.

Special Candlelit Restorative Class

Candle gazing (trataka), yoga nidra, restorative yoga, self massage on tennis balls - beautiful pre-christmas chill-out yoga class... Thank you to everyone who came!

 My Last Workshop of 2015 Special Candlelit Restorative Class

Take time for yourself from the hectic holiday season and join me in this Special Candlelit Restorative Yoga Class, designed to go easy on you and make you feel better going out, than you did coming in.

“Slow down, soften and go inside

Create space and get back in touch with your natural qualities that will leave you feeling open and refreshed.”

My Special Restorative Yoga class will balance a fast lifestyle with soothing and well-supported poses, offering you the opportunity to linger quietly for a few moments and savour the simple sweetness of life. The class will help eliminate fatigue and stress that results from your daily activities and hectic holiday time, and help restore your body, senses and mind to their natural function.

Yoga Holiday In Crete

For the last five years I have taught an Ashtanga and Yin yoga holiday at the beautiful Yoga Rocks in Crete and every year it has been amazing. We’re planning our next yoga holiday in May – a beautiful time of the year when all the flowers are blooming and the sun is shining.

  • Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow & Yin Yoga, Meditation & Pranayama, Yoga philosophy, Yoga Nidra
  • Yoga Rocks in Crete
  • May 7 - 14, 2016
  • Cost: 850 euro

On this retreat you have the chance to rest and relax or go to deep with your yoga practice. I offer a total of four classes (five hours) of yoga each day. You could go to all classes – or you can pick and mix and go to the beach. I teach all of the classes, assisted by my husband Emil Lime who makes sure everyone is well looked after.
Mornings start with a Mysore style self practice session. You don’t any need prior knowledge of the primary series and you don’t need to know the sequence. I will teach you a short section at first (around 15-20 minutes) which you can repeat as many times as you like. Once you have remembered this sequence I will show you more poses and you can build up your practice at the right speed for you. If you already have an established self practice I can help you with advice, tips and hands on adjustments.
The second daily class is either Vinyasa Flow or a led ashtanga class, suitable for beginners but yoga teachers and advanced practitioners get a lot out of these sessions as well. I go right back to basics, looking at a different theme in depth in each class. Over the week I look at foundation, breath, bandha, dristi, alignment of the shoulders and spine, opening the hips and back bending. I also build up the sequence over the week so that on the last day we do a sanskrit counted led half primary all together. Each person will know how to make each pose safe and right for their body.
The next class is in the evening and includes yin poses (deep slow long stretches that calm the mind and open the body), yoga nidra (an exploration of different states of consciousness while lying down), pranayama (breathing exercises that work on a subtle level with the energetic body) and seated meditation. I choose the yin poses each evening to tie in with the aspect of ashtanga we will be looking at the next morning.
The final session is a 30-minute chant of 108 Gyatri mantra. This is a 4,000 year old mantra asking for light and blessings. Chanting is the oldest form of yoga and has a strong scientific basis for positively affecting the mind, body and spirit.
Sample Schedule:
7:30 - 9:00 Mysore self practice
9:00 - 10:30 Led Ashtanga Basics
11:00 Brunch
5:00 - 6:30 Yin and More
7:00 Dinner
9:00 - 9:30 Moonlit chanting
Yoga Rocks Crete
The beaches are a short ten-minute walk away (you can hear the waves as you fall asleep). You can choose between a beach with a taverna and sun beds or a completely wild beach with absolutely nothing. The coast there is some of the most beautiful unspoilt coastline in Europe.
The food is amazing! Accommodation is good quality, comfortable and welcoming.
Phil and Helen, our hosts at Yoga Rocks, and all the staff are friendly and helpful and will go out of their way to make sure you have an amazing time.


Ashtanga Intensive In Bristol 2016

The group from the 2015 Ashtanga Intensive in Bristol.

The group from the 2015 Ashtanga Intensive in Bristol.

I taught a similar intensive in 2015 and am delighted to be back in Bristol to do it all again in 2016! 

This course is suitable for teachers and students of Ashtanga Yoga seeking to deepen their understanding of the principles and practices of this system. The course provides you with an in depth knowledge of how to assist and adjust students through the practice, giving hands on experience in adjusting all the postures of the primary series. Through the course you will gain insight into the theoretical background of this method and how to work with your body through the sequence in a way appropriate for you. The course is open to serious students of Ashtanga Yoga, and teachers of other methods who are familiar with the primary series and want to be more confident in adjusting students. 

Course Topics

  •     In depth work on personal asana practice
  •     History of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga
  •     Pranayama: practice and teaching
  •     Sanskrit and Chanting
  •     Bandhas and how to teach
  •     Ujjayi breath and how to teach
  •     Course structure and how to teach beginners
  •     Teaching led classes and self-practice
  •     Adjustments of the postures of full primary series
  •     Anatomy and physiology of different postures e.g. forward bends, twists, hip opening and back bends
  •     Energetics of the practice
  •     Avoiding and dealing with injuries

Please contact if you are interested in this course or click here for more information.

Yoga Adjustment Workshops in London

Every year I teach a number of Yoga Adjustment Workshops in London. These are experiential workshops looking at the anatomy, alignment and adjustments for yoga asana. They are open to everyone interested in examining the mechanics of practice as well as those training to teach and already teaching.

There are currently two dates scheduled for 2017.

  • Sunday 21 May 2017, 10:00 -17:00
  • Sunday 2nd July 2017, 10:00 -17:00
  • West London Buddhist Centre, 45a Porchester Road, W2 5DP
  • Cost: £65 (£40 concession)

You will learn about the anatomy and alignment primarily by experiencing it in your own body.
You can email me at for more information or to book your place.

Moon Days

Upcoming Moon Days 2015/2016

There is no class on Moon Days. Why? Read more here.



Friday 11 ● new moon

Friday 25 ○ full moon



Sunday 10 ● new moon

Sunday 24 ○ full moon


Monday 8 ● new moon

Monday 22 ○ full moon


Wednesday 9 ● new moon

Wednesday 23 ○ full moon


Thursday 7 ● new moon

Friday 22 ○ full moon


Friday 6 ● new moon

Saturday 21 ○ full moon


Sunday 5 ● new moon

Monday 20 ○ full moon


Monday 4 ● new moon

Tuesday 19 ○ full moon


Tuesday 2 ● new moon

Thursday 18 ○ full moon


Thursday 1 ● new moon

Friday 16 ○ full moon


Saturday 1 ● new moon

Sunday 16 ○ full moon

Sunday 30 ● new moon


Monday 14 ○ full moon

Tuesday 29 ● new moon


Wednesday 14 ○ full moon

Thursday 29 ● new moon

Yoga Nidra Resources

Yoga Nidra is one of my favourite practices. It is a form of meditation that is practiced lying down. The idea is to learn to access the state of consciousness between waking and sleeping – a new state of consciousness. In that place of transition there is an opening of new possibilities in terms of increasing awareness and refining consciousness and in terms of accessing the power of the sub or un-conscious aspect of the mind.