Norman's writings (and talking) on yoga

Writings with Norman
New book
Brightening our Inner Skies: Yin and Yoga

is now available. For individual copies click here

Please also see the 'about Norman' page for more information about purchasing multiple copies.

Links to video clips and interviews
Norman and Maitripushpa talk about yoga, transformation and chanting rabbits at Yogarocks in Crete here

Norman's talk from his book launch is available here

An interview with Norman about Yin yoga and more is available here

Articles about yoga and self-transformation
Below are pieces I have written about the practical application of practicing yoga and ideas of self transformation.
(Click on the links to download in PDF format).

Some Words of Advice for People on Yoga Teacher Trainings
Over the past fifteen years, I have been involved in many yoga Teacher Trainings: as a participant, as an assistant, as a teacher. Much can happen! Expectations are disappointed, buttons pressed, hopes disillusioned. Inevitably there are fears, insecurities and negativities.
(June 2017)

Yin Teaching Tips
Here are some ideas for how we can teach Yin yoga. This is from my experience and the experience of other teachers. (June 2017)

What are we doing? The spinning wheels of social media
Personally I have an addictive temperament. Cannabis, chocolate, sweet things, amphetamines, needing to be seen. All these I have been addicted to at different times…what encourages calm perception and what heightens hysteria? What assists transformation and what fuels materialistic consuming? What clarifies and what mesmerises?
(April 2017)

The Great Fall - Anything does happen; it is true... Life is constantly surprising with its swerve balls and sudden shifts... it happened very suddenly because I had fallen headfirst down the stairs. 14 stairs from top to bottom. En route I banged into an able crystal, breaking it into two with my head. I think that I have a thick skull!
(June 2016)

Some Acronyms  - An acronym is an abbreviation, used as a word, which is formed from the initial components in a phrase or a word. Usually these components are individual letters… I know that there are many more – there could be a growing list of acronyms (GLA).(November 2015)

Many Savasanas - "Depending on perspective, savasana is either very easy or very advanced… With savasana, there can be a beautiful letting go of everything. There are many ways of being in savasana… These are a few ideas and obviously you can mix these suggestions… In these deep states of relaxation, we get much more grounded in the parasympathetic nervous system – where we are less reactive, less defensive, less closed; where we are more responsive, more receptive, more open… The body requires proper rest..."
(September 2015)

Limbs Twigs Lists - "There is great suffering in this world. There are tens of thousands of human beings putting themselves at enormous personal risk in their flight from war, fear, disaster and strife... there are countless individual stories of difficulty and illness, of loss and struggle. A question for us is, 'What can we do?' In asking ourselves this question, we are applying our awareness to what is in and around us. An essential part of awareness is considering our personal behaviour and how we live our lives. This can be called a matter of ethics and morality."
(September 2015)

Being Flexible about Flexibility - "When I first taught yoga in 2001, I did not know what hypermobility or being too flexible meant. I remember Richard Freeman saying in June 2005, “the curse of flexibility and the blessing of stiffness”... The way that I practice and teach Yin yoga has changed considerably... In my Ashtanga practice, I used to drop back into urdhva dhanurasana and (sometimes) come back up to standing. Now I don’t. Change happens."
(September 2015)

This Body - "It began on the first Saturday of August... With the participants in something like child’s pose, I head for the toilets to throw up. Now this is a first for me: throwing up in the middle of teaching a yoga workshop!” (August 2015)

Sparks, meridians and more - notes from The Spark in the Machine: how the science of acupuncture is explaining the mysteries of western medicine by Daniel Keown and Theories of the Chakras by Hiroshi Motoyama (August 2014)

Minding - about guiding, mentoring and supervising - and how we can be supporting each other (August 2014)

Journeys, Plans, Memories: small steps towards greater connections - events from my life and the influence of various forms of practice on my life; reflects on a few of these experiences as a way of learning and hopefully helping, a transmission of stories from warm hand to warm hand. (August 2014)

Stretching - considering the words, comedy and nuggets of wisdom in Neal Pollock's book Stretch (August 2014)

Naked Emperors - looking at the joys and pains of Bikram with a nod to Ashtanga, inspired by Hell-Bent and Sacred Fire. (January 2013)

Broken Gods, Breaking Hearts: Pedestals, Boundaries, Pitfalls - To start with words from a song by Katy Perry: “lost my discretion…caught my attention” (‘I kissed a girl’). This article is an attempt to make sense of our relationships within the yoga world (particularly that of teacher/student). It proposes specific ways of dealing with some of the difficulties that arise within these relationships. And it is significantly inspired by what has been happening with John Friend and Anusara. (May 2012)

Other Ways of Seeing - too often we are too stuck in ways of seeing: how we perceive this world and our lives. This piece attempts to encourage a different way of seeing drawing inspiration from Buddhist teachings and radical politics such as the Occupy movement. (March 2012)

Quotes and more quotes - words from various people about practice, meditation and yoga. (March 2012)

Journeying and Resisting - a review of three quite different books. (February 2012)

The Box - being inside looking outside: an ashtanga story - The purpose of writing is to encourage debate and dialogue amongst practitioners. Some of what is written might be controversial but this is not a rocking of the boat simply for the sake of provocation. If I see an elephant in the room it needs to be said – even if that elephant is Ganesh. This is a heartfelt attempt towards understanding this tradition and the possibilities for transformation. (June 2011)

Bodies and minds in yoga: a response to 'Yoga Body' - an examining of the roots of yoga practice and what influences the physical postures (written February 2010)
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Yoga and yoga and yoga - a comparison of different tendencies within yoga from the commercialised to the radicalised (February 2011)

Mindfulness meditation - practical ideas and resources for establishing a meditation practice (October 2010)

Being healthy, being happy - reasons to practice yoga (2005)

Yin Yoga Manual - philosophy, practice, principles, postures of yin yoga (October 2013)

Review of 'Joyful Wisdom' by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche (May 2010)
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108 things I learnt at Gaia House - some thoughts after a meditation retreat (September 2008)

Some of my favourite quotings - quotes that I have collected over the last ten years (updated October 2011)


an interview with Lizzie (January 2011) - - a catch-up and a chat with yogi blogger Lizzie Reumont after a yin yoga class.