Astanga Yoga London

29th of June 2020
29th June 2020

Sorry today is going to be rather short. Had quite a busy day with mental health first aid course and then trawling through government guidelines on close contact places of work, really don’t think they know anything about yoga. Anyway we will have more info on our website about the sort of things we are doing to keep you all safe (complying with ‘elf and safety) shortly. When we know when we can open it will be front page news on our website and as many people as possible we will email/text/message, sorry no snail mail. When I first opened people used to write letters asking to join class.

I think the main difference will be that obviously we will have to restrict numbers. As we are unsure how many will want to come in, the first week will be a bit of a test. I hope we don’t have to do appointments as getting through London is hard enough. And probably better you don’t all turn up at once. Of course we will be clean clean clean. A couple of things you can do to help will be put all your clothes in a bag and don’t use the shala mats. We’ll leave more cleaning stuff in the toilet so feel free to spray to your hearts content. I’m hoping to swap to paper towel.

If we need to open longer we will do and we will probably have classes on Saturday too.

I promised you animals today, and I’ll do more tomorrow but today has to be the first and most sacred of animals in India. The cow. I guess the life giving milk is a big thing and the dung for fires and shala floors. Only 30% of Indians are vegetarian so why the cow? Party it represents mother earth but also there is the story of Kamadhenu. The wish fulfilling cow. In some stories she appears from the churning of the oceans story. But always there is someone trying to steal her. I never understood why stealing cows was called cattle rustling, surely it should be done quietly, without any rustling. In Scotland there’s a famous glen called the hidden glen, high up near Fort William, where my ancestors did their rustling. And of course we also have Nandi, Shiva’s bull who’s main job apart from transportation is to stop Shiva getting angry when someone breaks his mediation.

The important thing that a cow represents is that crossover between human culture and raw nature. Of course India was the first place to domesticate cows, water buffalo and aurochs and they were the first domesticated animals in India.

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