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

  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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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 is an excellent teacher. His passion and focus for all that is yoga is infectious.

— Andrew J Parkinson

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