'The leaves of the lotus flower have delightful self-cleansing properties. Droplets of water pick up dirt. They collect like a jewel in the centre of the lotus leaf. And roll off and away, carrying the dirt with them.
This special self-cleansing ability was recognized in Asia long ago. It's referred to in the Bhagavad Gita.
'Focus your attentive awareness on your practice, without attachment. You will be cleansed like a lotus leaf.'
Bhagavad Gita 5:10
In the 1970s, lotus leaves were first studied under an electron microscope. The self-cleansing phenomenon of 'ultrahydrophobic micro-nanostructured surfaces' was explained for the first time. It was described as 'the lotus effect' .
Come and experience the lotus effect for yourself at Lotus Leaf Yoga!
We have a cycle of Beginners Course throughout the year, and a regular guided practice open to all on Tuesday evenings at the Quaker Centre in Milton Keynes.
Invest £12 in a Taster Session and see how you feel! Just send me a line and I'll assist you in booking your sesh.
Campbell Park this morning was full of drifts of white things. Seagulls... sheep... and snowdrops. Every year when its snowdrop season, our little crew set off on an annual pilgrimage to the gorgeous winter garden in Anglesey Abbey. It has one of the finest snowdrops collection in the country - over 300 varieties! Unmissable.
It was a very special experience for me to attend a workshop on teaching yoga inclusively with the delightful David Swensen at Camyoga on Friday. Charming stories of the late great Pattabhi Jois, who he knew, loved and learned from. David's great appeal is for us all to simply delight in yoga practice in our own way. Pattabhi Jois, he says, was always smiling.
I'm rather proud of the little snow sculpture I made this morning. It seems to have a little snowman atman all of it's own.