And did you get what you wanted from this life, even so?
I did. And what did you want?
To call myself beloved. To feel myself beloved on the earth.

— Raymond Carver

Recent Reflections

  • Life is not Fair, Is it?

    The late comedian and writer, Victoria Wood was reportedly to have told one last joke before she died, “Life is not fair, is it? Some of us drink champagne in the fast lane, and some of us eat our sandwiches by the loose chippings on the A597”.  In these wonderful few lines she managed, through
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  • The Rite of Spring

    On 29th May 1913, when a new ballet was first premiered at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, the avant-garde nature of the music and the new modern form of choreography caused a riot as violence broke out in the audience. The music for the ballet was composed by a young unknown composer called Igor
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  • The Search for Happiness

    There is a beautiful song called ‘October Song’ written by Robin Williamson from The Incredible String Band who were a pioneering 1960‘s psychedelic folk band. From the first time I heard the song, I loved the verse: “I used to search for happiness, And I used to follow pleasure, But I found a door behind
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  • I Can’t Get no Satisfaction

    I recently came across an article by the writer Charlotte Lieberman entitled “Mindlessly Scrolling for Satisfaction. How to Navigate the Temptation of Distraction in the Information Age.” The irony of finding this article whilst scrolling through my Facebook timeline was not lost on me but I was interested to read what she had to say. 
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  • Seeing the Blossom: Reflections on opening to the nowness of everything

    In March 1994 Melvyn Bragg did a celebrated interview with the playwrite Dennis Potter, who was then dying of cancer. The interview was later published under the title Seeing the Blossom. Dennis Potter spoke of how the imminence of death gave his experience of the world a heightened intensity. “At this season, the blossom is
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What type of yoga do you teach?

Manjunaga’s 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. Drawing inspiration from the Krishnamacharya lineage, Hatha and other classical yoga teachers, he brings an emphasis on a deepening mindful inquiry and embodied open awareness of oneself.

Am I too fat-thin-tall-small-old-young-unfit-inflexible?

Yoga is adaptable, and can be modified to suit every person’s body type, health or age.

Do I have to book for the classes?

No, generally you can just turn up. If you are new to the class it is suggested that you arrive 15 minutes early so you can make yourself comfortable. For my monthly workshops  you need to book in advance. Please see the events page for more details.

What do I wear?

It is good to wear something that you feel comfortable moving in. Try to avoid any clothing that is constrictive and may limit the natural flow of the breath.

Do I need to bring a mat?

No, you can borrow a mat. If you then decide that you want to continue with yoga you may like to buy one of your own.

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Manjunaga’s yoga practice not only offers a space to explore both your emotional and physical suffering, it also sends you off on the wings of a poem.
A wondrous way to begin or end one’s day.

— Cristina Masters

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