This page contains a series of quotations; they are some thoughts that underlie my teaching in yoga. I have outlined sections for ease of reading, but each section is woven through all the rest; everything exists in relationship.

On the body…

“I swear I begin to see little or nothing in audible words; All merges toward the presentation of the unspoken meanings of the earth; Toward him who sings the songs of the body and of the truths of the earth; Toward him who makes the dictionaries of words that print cannot touch” – Walt Whitman – Leaves of Grass, A Song of the Rolling Earth

“Presence is the silent yet screeching excitement of physical vibrancy, of ‘being there’. It is one of the thrills of watching dance, to see someone radiate pure energy, whether it is in stillness or in flight.” – Ann Daly – Critical Gestures: Writings on Dance and Culture

“the soul is present in each part of the body” -Maurice Merleau-Ponty – Phenomenology of Perception

On the breath…

“Life flows through us. Life lives us, despite our misperception that it is the other way around.” – Charles Eisenstein – The Ascent of Humanity

“And as for the rest, let life happen to you. Believe me: life is in the right, always.” – Rainer Maria Rilke – Letters to a Young Poet

On the mind…

“Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything.” – Rainer Maria Rilke – Letters to a Young Poet

“one of the signs of a healthy civilization is the existence of a relatively clear language in which everyone can participate in their own way” – John Ralston Saul – The Unconscious Civilization

“It needs an extraordinarily astute mind, and extraordinarily pliable heart, to be aware of and to follow what is; because what is is constantly moving, constantly undergoing a transformation, and if the mind is tethered to belief, to knowledge, it ceases to pursue, it ceases to follow the swift movement of what is.” – Krishnamurti – The First and Last Freedom

On the heart…

“It takes a broad vision to know that a piece of the sky and a chunk of the earth are lodged in the heart of every human being…” – Thomas Moore – Care of the Soul

“There is a light that shines beyond all things on earth, beyond us all, beyond the heavens, beyond the highest, the very highest heavens. This is the light that shines in our heart.” – Chandogya Upanishad

“Love is possible only if two persons communicate with each other from the centre of their existence, hence if each one of them experiences himself from the centre of his existence.” – Erich Fromm – The Art of Loving

On relationship…

“Relationships offer containers for the craziness. The deeper they go, the more they can hold.” – James Hillman – The Myth of Analysis

“When in doubt – love” -from friends to friends on their wedding day