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

— Nietzsche

Recent Reflections

  • Doing nothing at all

    Oscar Wilde once said that “To do nothing at all is the most difficult thing in the world, the most difficult and the most intellectual”. We live in a modern world where the idea of productivity is held in great esteem. Phrases such as “work hard, play hard” are seen as qualities that successful people should strive for
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  • Is Yoga ‘Spiritual’?

    I was recently interviewed by a journalist for a magazine and was asked the question ‘Is yoga a spiritual activity?’ I thought this was an interesting question. As a yoga and meditation teacher I often come across the word ‘spiritual’. People I meet may think of me as someone who is spiritual, particularly as I
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  • 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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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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Manjunaga creates a welcoming and relaxed environment in each of his classes that fosters not only the challenges of physical yoga practice, but also the exploration of self-acceptance and love.

— Kathryn Starnes

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