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
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
Archive of Reflections
A Place That’s Your Own
We all have to negotiate life’s challenges – personal relationships, work stresses, health issues, and the daily expectations of the world around us. Pressures build slowly, imperceptibly until, at last, we realise that the demands exceed our ability to cope. We can feel exhausted.
Time to Be
It’s no surprise that sometimes we need a breathing space. Time to pause, reflect and recalibrate. Time to ‘be’.
I wholeheartedly recommend Manjunaga’s sessions to anyone looking to de-stress and reconnect with themselves.
A Perfect Calm
For many people yoga classes offer that calm, safe space. A place to replenish physically, emotionally and spiritually.
In my early 60s I realised how much of my life I had lived in my head and how disconnected I was from my body. I sought a yoga teacher who would take an holistic approach – the integration of mind, body and spirit. Working with Manjunaga on a one-to-one basis has been a revelation.
And why not?
The benefits of yoga are many. It offers and opportunity to find peace, clarity, an inner calm and confidence. It offers physical benefits too – strength, flexibility and poise.
These sessions have been absolutely invaluable. As an academic and someone who sits for most of the day, I can all too easily get lost in my head. An hour later and I leave Manjunaga’s feeling refreshed, ‘reset’, less anxious, and more connected with my body.
Going Deeper – a More Personal Connection
Some people want to go deeper than is possible in a group yoga class. They want a more relational experience where the teacher is available just for them. A focused one-to-one experience where they receive the teacher’s undivided attention.
Manjunaga always starts each session by checking in with how I am and asks what I want so he can tailor the session to my needs. These sessions have been absolutely invaluable.
To Love and To Care?
A class tailored to meet your specific needs. A class designed to help increase your self-awareness so that you are better able to care for yourself. A class that will help you feel more alive, more human.
My flexibility and general fitness have greatly improved. However the most important development has been in my mental and emotional experience.
In Your Time… On Your Terms
One-to-one students often talk about new depths, new insights, about a valued, private, peaceful space – an oasis of calm and understanding.
Yoga has become an essential part of my daily life, supported by my always inspirational and enjoyable weekly one-to-one sessions with Manjunaga.
An Open Invitation
Some come once a week. Some monthly. Others when they can.
You can come when you want.
No pressure. No distractions.
The weekly sessions give me the ability to step out of daily life and bring a level of mindfulness that continues well beyond the lesson and into the week.
£45 for one hour private session for one person.
£65 for an hour private session for two people.
If you wish to discuss particular needs or explore other options please call me on 07914 304402 or contact me via this website.
I operate a 48 hour cancellation policy. Please enquire for further details.
Yoga with Manjunaga is a kind and positive experience and amongst the hustle and bustle of everyday life, a joy to engage in.