There is more wisdom in your body
Than in your deepest philosophies.

— Nietzsche

Recent Reflections

  • The Woodpecker & Connecting to Life

    I recently spent a week teaching on a yoga and meditation retreat at Dhanakosa, a Buddhist retreat centre in Scotland located next to Loch Voil & the Trossachs National Park. Those of you who have been lucky enough to visit Dhanakosa will know It provides a quiet and beautiful setting for retreats. During my stay
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  • The Obsession with Yoga Asana

    A friend recently shared a photo with me on Twitter of a young woman performing a very elaborate yoga posture, she was doing a headstand while in full lotus. As if this wasn’t enough, she was also doing this whilst only balancing on her head with her arms not touching the ground! Over the years
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  • The pursuit of Happiness

    When was the last time you felt an emotion that you did not want to feel?  In a recent TED talk, “The Gift and Power of Emotional Courage” Psychologist Susan David explored our flexibility with the emotions we feel in our lives.  She mentioned a survey she conducted with over 70,000 people where a third
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  • Vision & Belief

    Sir Roger Bannister, died peacefully in Oxford on 3 March, aged 88, surrounded by his family. On the 6th May 1954 as a 25 year old medical student Roger Bannister became the first man to run a mile in under four minutes. Pandemonium broke out within the crowd of 3,000 spectators when news spread that
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  • The last time I saw Richard

    “The last time I saw Richard was Detroit in ‘68, And he told me all romantics meet the same fate someday Cynical and drunk and boring someone in some dark cafe”. The haunting opening line of Joni Mitchell’s song, “The last time I saw Richard” from her 1971 LP ‘Blue’.  Anyone familiar with this album
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photo of ManjunagaManjunaga 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.

Manjunaga has trained with a number of teachers including Donna Farhi, Sarah Powers and qualified with Simon Low and the Yoga Academy in 2008.

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.

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I am a sixty year old rock climber and started attending yoga classes to gain more flexibility. Practising with Manjunaga has certainly improved my flexibility, however he has also shown me that there is more to yoga than that. His classes have helped me improve my physical and mental strength which I am successfully applying to rock climbing and everyday life.

— Mike Watson

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