Tree roots

Trees – real and in yoga

It’s National Tree Week here in the UK, from 26th Nov to 4th Dec, so now is an excellent time to plant a tree in your garden, or buy someone a tree for them to plant, or donate to charities who plant trees in the UK such as Trees For Life (who are restoring Scotland’s…

Autumn trees

Giving something back

A few years ago I decided to donate some of my annual income from teaching yoga to different charities. I’ve chosen various ones over the years, including some local animal rescue charities, as well larger ones such as Badger Trust. My two most recent donations cover my love for animals and my love for trees and…

Yoga to empower African communities

I recently read about an interesting yoga project in Kenya which is using yoga as a way of changing people’s lives, particularly those from the city slums (their words). The Guardian article gives an overview of how the Africa Yoga Project is training hundreds of local teachers to teach yoga, and also offers 350 free…

Charity donations

In September 2011 I decided to begin donating some of the class fee paid by those attending my yoga classes to charity. In Sanskrit the word for this is ‘seva‘ which means selfless service. It can apply to physical service, volunteering your time and skills, as well as giving resources, in my case money. The…