Change of Venue

I’m so sorry to be a pain but I really cannot cope with the locking up/burglar alarm procedure at Swansea Vale Resource Centre.  There are keys to turn and shutters to close and if you don’t get out in 75 seconds, an alarm loud enough to wake the dead in Sydney goes off.

I have suspended my Tuesday class until I can find another venue.  There is the possibility of Wednesday evening at Llansamlet Community Centre.  If you are a regular student, can you let me know if this would suit you?  Thank you.


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Taking the Yamas and Niyamas to the yoga class – Part 1

Every yoga teacher is probably bound to incorporate the Yamas and Niyamas into their lesson plans sooner or later.   These are really the backbone of our yoga practice, taken from Patanjali’s yoga sutras.  It’s quite a challenge, however, to use a set of moral guidelines in the context of an asana class.  Here’s what I’ve been thinking:-


1) Ahimsa – step back a bit and observe how it feels.

Ahimsa is traditionally non-harming or non-violence, in order to develop a sense of connection to all living things.

As a firm believer in starting with what you can actually change – i.e. yourself, that’s what I’m going to invite my students to work on. (It’s a life-long project, so don’t panic). Perhaps if we start in the class, they can take it over into every day life.

  • We ought to look after ourselves and not harm ourselves physically, mentally or emotionally.
  • We ought to like ourselves (that’s a tough one, isn’t it, but it shouldn’t be)?
  • How can we be of benefit to others if we don’t take care of ourselves?

In a yoga class we are reminded that Patanjali stressed that yoga asana should consist of steadiness and ease (2,46). (We could get into a debate here about what Patanjali actually meant about steadiness and ease in Asana, but let’s not).  So I’m going to invite my students to adopt a posture – triangle for example – to the edge of its availability, but then to come back a bit to the point where steadiness and comfort allow them to hold it without straining.  And then observe what it feels like. From here they are free to feel the breath moving in the body and track the flow of energy.

At that point, we should practice another aspect of Ahimsa – don’t pronounce judgement upon yourself.  Are you your own fiercest critic?  Is anything you do ever good enough?  Shouldn’t you just crawl under a rock and be a slug?  Is this harmful?

(I recently listened to one of Jack Kornfield’s teachings in which he suggested that we investigate the source of our judgemental mindset and then name it.  I am a very opinionated and judgemental person and I definitely get that from my late mother.  These days when I find myself pronouncing on something I thank my mum for her contribution and then I try to let go of it. I don’t remember to do it every time, of course, but I have told my kids about this strategy and now if I forget and start sounding off about something or other, my kids might say ‘Granny is at your shoulder, my dear!’.  That stops me in my tracks.)  You could try this..  Give your inner critic the name of its originator and remind yourself that this ISN’T YOU.

Of course it isn’t – because YOU are lovely!

(I have to say that this idea of coming back from the limits of a posture isn’t originally mine – but I can’t remember who taught it to me.  Thank you, whoever you are.  Nor do I remember which one of Jack Kornfield’s teachings the naming strategy came from, but you can find Jack at and recordings of his teachings are widely available).

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The British Wheel of Yoga is 50 this year

In Wales we are having a 50th birthday celebration in July at the wonderful Margam Discovery Centre.  I am teaching a session so I have begun working on it.  I like to start with a quote in order to find a theme, so I’m using ‘at the still point, there the dance is‘ (from T S Eliot’s Four Quartets) to plan a lesson around the heart centre.  There are many more eminent teachers than I taking part, so do come.

If you go to the British Wheel of Yoga Wales website –

and search the events section, you will find it.

A4 poster for 50th birthday


Margam Park Discovery Centre











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No more Thursday classes for now

As I finish at the Mercure the week beginning 16th February, I’ve decided not to run any more Thursday evening classes unless you request it.  Get in touch with me if you would like to attend.

From 3rd March I shall be at the Swansea Vale Resource Centre – just Tuesday evening to start with  – let’s see how we go.  The hall is big enough for all my existing students to turn up at once. Hurrah!

New students, please check with me for availability.  Might take me a week or two to work out how many  people can comfortably and safely do yoga in the new hall.

Shiny Sparkly, as my friend Nic would say.



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New venue from 3rd March 2015

I’m happy to say that from Tuesday, 3rd March 2015, Beacons Yoga classes will be held at the Swansea Vale Resource Centre, Ffordd Tregof, Swansea SA7 0AL.

To start with I will just run this one class on Tuesday evenings, 6.30-7.30 p.m. and we will see how it goes.

If you are a new student, please contact me first to check place availability.

Thank you.

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New Venue needed

From 1st March I shan’t be able to hold my yoga classes at the Mercure Swansea Hotel.  I am researching possible new venues and I’m grateful for any suggestions.

Everything always changes.  Endings are also beginnings.  Let’s see what happens.



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my yoga classes

Dear Friends,

Everything is changing at the hotel where I teach yoga and the future of my classes there is up in the air.

For next week, will you please email me ( to book a place on a class.  I will take bookings strictly in date order and let you know if a class is already full.

The most popular class is the Tuesday 6.30-7.30 p.m., but  next week there will another class immediately after that – 7.30-8.30 p.m., and my Thursday class is now also in the evening – 6.30-7.30.

I will try to keep you up to date with any changes.

Thank you for your patience.



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