Painting of yoga asana Kukkutasana in Persian manuscript Bahr al-hayat c. 1602

Yoga, cultural appropriation and appreciation

Although cultural appropriation is not new, the term itself has become used in the last 40 years of so, and particularly in the last 5-10 years, within a variety of settings including yoga. As a white, Western, middle-class woman of many privileges (check yours here) who is appalled by repression, oppression, racism and sexim and…

Earth Day graphic

Earth day: a movement not a day

Today (22nd April) is Earth Day. In 2020 this is the 50th year that the day has been marked, and this year the organisers have identified climate change as the single biggest issue facing the planet. The history of Earth Day is rooted in civil action and growing awareness of environmental issues, and for 2020…

Sun and tree, in cartoon drawing

Pause and reflect at the solstice

It’s the summer solstice here in Scotland, and being almost half way through the year seems like a good time to review how the year is going. Do you set new year goals or resolutions? It might be a matter of semantics but some years ago I stopped setting new year resolutions and decided to…