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

  • 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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  • 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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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 class is an opportunity for me to create much needed space and restore strength physically and emotionally. His additional creative, informative and therapeutic approach, taps into whatever kind of week I may have had. For those ninety minutes, the brakes have been applied and recharge has taken place.

— Nicolette Mueller

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