Prior to the triumph of scientific materialism in the nineteenth century, when people lived rather closer to nature, both physically and culturally, the idea of a life force was a universally held assumption. How else did the plants grow? How did all living things flourish and multiply? The sheer extravagance of life was obvious, even to the casual observer. Our planet is today somewhat damaged, yet still gloriously fertile and alive. The invention of the microscope and the discovery of microorganisms reinforced this view. Life appears everywhere, including the most unlikely places. Dirty pond water teems with life. It’s on the roof of my house in the form of moss and lichen. In prescientific cultures it’s still a “given”. When this belief comes as part of a non-western “package”, like yoga, cultural relativism enforces a scientific indulgence. Isn’t a bit disrespectful to attack or ridicule someone’s cultural standpoint? When it tries to creep into the scientific realm through the backdoor, the scientific establishment reacts with irrational fury, like an angry householder confronting a burglar. I hope to show that, far from being just a mystical or philosophical concept, prana is a tangible force that we can feel inside ourselves and in the right conditions, observe. We cannot yet measure it objectively, though we can measure its fluctuations outside the organism, whether human or otherwise. It has also been demonstrated in the laboratory and lecture room by means of a soft blue glow in a vacuum tube, well away from any possible electrical connections.Continue reading "What is Prana?" »
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New classDovercourt Central Church - starting 09 January 2016. 10.00 - 11.30. All ages and abilities welcome. Cost £6.00
RetirementI have now retired from full-time teaching and training the next generation of yoga teachers. It's been a wonderful, inspiring journey with few regrets. I've met some lovely people and forged some wonderful friendships. However, yoga teachers seldom fully retire and I'm no exception. After taking a year out and moving to Harwich with my partner Diane, I'm now ready to resume my journey with a local class on Saturday mornings. This class will be slightly different from the classes I taught when working in the Chelmsford area. I shall have a very able helper, my lovely partner Diane Bitmead. Diane is a healer, so we will have a short healing session at the end of some of the lessons. She will be looking after the admin side of things. I shall also be taking on the occasional one-to-one at home. Please do not hesitate to contact me if there is anything you need to know about either. All this is in addition to my unpaid work as an amateur musician and volunteer tour guide with the Harwich Society. Life is still pretty busy!
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