Tara & the Lake of Tears
There is a moving story in the Buddhist tradition about the birth of the goddess Tara. It is said that Avalokiteshvara the bodhisattva of compassion looked upon all the suffering in the world and as he did tears fell from his eyes. The tears then began to form a lake in which a lotus developed.
It’s A Wonderful Life
Many years ago I found myself in a cinema in Manchester during the festive season. As the lights went up at the end of the film, I looked around to see people wiping tears from their eyes, and likewise during the course of the film I had been moved to tears myself on several occasions.
Love Forever Changes
On a Saturday in December 1967, a young man went down to his local record shop in London called ‘One Stop Records’. On this Saturday in question the young man had gone to buy Donovan’s new album ‘A Gift From a Flower to a Garden’. As he queued to pay, he glanced around at the
Broken Places & Golden Repairs
“The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong in the broken places.” So wrote Ernest Hemingway in his novel A Farewell to Arms. I was reminded of these words recently as October marks the second anniversary of the death of my beloved girlfriend Elaine. Since her death, I have been living with the subsequent
Margaret Lockwood: Queen of the Silver Screen
My grandmother had a love of the silver screen and as a small boy I would happily spend afternoons with her watching iconic films such as, Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘The Lady Vanishes’ which starred the great British actress Margaret Lockwood. Who during the war years was Britain’s number one box office star, starring in films such
Archive of Reflections
More about Manjunaga
Manjunaga began his yoga practice in 1998 and draws from his exploration of the practices of yoga and Buddhism to create an embodied practice that addresses the body, heart and mind.
His style of yoga teaching combines dynamic, flowing movement with stilling, calming postures to experience yoga as a deepening awareness of breath, cultivating peace of mind.
In 2005 Manjunaga was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order where he was given the name Manjunaga which means kind wisdom. He has been exploring the insights and practices of meditation and Buddhism for over 20 years and draws from his in-depth training in Buddhist meditation practices. He has taught meditation courses at the Manchester Buddhist Centre for many years as well as on yoga & Buddhist retreats.
Manjunaga feels that yoga is an awareness practice, offering us an opportunity to become more fully embodied in our experience; this allows for a greater sensitivity to our emotional and physical well-being, allowing us to open to a natural state of open, relaxed awareness and a deepening insight into our essential nature.
Manjunaga creates a welcoming and relaxed environment in each of his classes that fosters not only the challenges of physical yoga practice, but also the exploration of self-acceptance and love.