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Breath, the Beloved - A Letter to Students

Breath Classes Fall 2021

A letter from Angela in preparation for her "Breath, the Beloved" Zoom Series starting November 25th.
For more info and to register visit: Breath, the Beloved

Dear Friends and Students,

Nearly fifty years ago, I held a Yoga retreat at the beautiful Feathered Pipe Ranch in Montana.  The teaching was about Breathing and based on my personal exploration, having moved away from the classical training of Pranayama or ‘Control of the Breath‘, as it is known in most Schools and Traditions of Yoga.

I had studied with Iyengar in India and during his visits to the UK (as well as on my own, following his recorded classes with a friend in London), and was diligently ‘controlling my breath’ with Metronome and stopwatch early each morning, believing I was on the path to Freedom and Enlightenment!

Then came the ‘break-through' . . . at night on a narrow and winding country lane not far from where my parents lived, a drunken driver came round the corner ahead at full speed, tried to avoid me by mounting the steep bank but smashed into my side of the car and somehow raced off around the next corner leaving me wondering whether I was dead or alive!! No bones were broken but the car was a ‘write-off’ and I hurt all over . . . could do little more than lie on the floor for three days.

THIS was the ‘gift’! Lying there alone, I slowly noticed that by finding ways to release into pain, my breathing slowed down, became deeper and deeper.

Seems so simple now, but then after all the stress of ‘holding my breath’ for longer and longer periods of time watching the clock, suddenly I was there resting in Kumbhaka for two or three times as long . . . and then with no effort at all almost forgetting to check the clock, minutes rolled by on a single inhalation or exhalation. I was not breathing, but instead I was absorbed by and in the breath.

It was both healing and beautiful, so later I began sharing this process in my classes. It needs patience and time, but has radically changed my approach to practice and relationship with breath!

See the Schedule page for more information about this Upcoming Zoom Class Series "Breath, the Beloved".

Looking forward to a gentle but powerful journey into Winter for us in the Northern hemisphere, and Summer for those of you ‘down under’.  We all meet anyway like the roots of the trees deep under-ground!

With love and stillness

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Dear friends and students...
I have neglected  this Blog for too long but  life has been very  full, wonderful and challenging.  
I hope now to restart and keep up this connection with you all from time to time!
Victor asked me to let you know about next year’s schedule so here goes!   
Our May and June courses this year dwindled in numbers, so we have decided to just offer one course June.  
There will be a September two week course as usual and since I shall be on tour in the USA in October, Victor is offering  his own course which is exciting as so many people have asked for this.  
We shall see how all this works and are open to your suggestions and changes for next year.!

Looking forward to meeting old friends and new in this beautiful valley of Eftalou!
With love to you all

Year of the Horse

The Year of the Horse is galloping along and so are we!
Two wonderful groups attended our May and June courses in Eftalou.
The teaching seems to go deeper each time and students are ever more ready to take the dive, even if sometimes un expecting it they just topple into the 'Underground journey' and find themselves letting go of more than they imagined!
With body and senses clean and cleared, the joys of a turquoise sea, an early morning soak in the healing Hot Springs or a quiet meal under fig-trees as the sun sets over the horizon all seem more delicious and vivid as the days go by.
Family visiting from Canada and USA and then presenting and teaching at the Athens Yoga Symposium filled the time for me between courses with love and joy and in July we flew off to Bavaria and taught for Maria Kluge who had organised a six day retreat in her beautiful home Osterloh near in the foot-hills of the Alps.
It was designed for teachers of young children who live in impoverished areas and/or come from abusive homes. The core-group was from Baltimore but several others from European countries added to the international flavour. All big-hearted and wonderful people who above all loved and cared for "their children". Maria once again proved her generosity and hospitaliy were a life-changing opportunity for all.
Here from our bed-room window... bathing beauties in the garden pond..

And now we spend a few days in London in our little room on the fifth floor.. a 'nest in the clouds' above West Hampstead'.......a perfect place to rest and recover.
here is a view from the kitchen in the evening Sunshine.

And one in the early morning from our bed-room.

Being with The Garden of Earthly Delights

Victor is excited to announce a three-part video conversation with with friend and student Blake Tedder about 16th century painting "The Garden of Earthly Delights" by Hieronymus Bosch. Where other commentaries on this incredible painting refer to the stunning detail and premonitory themes, Victor approaches the painting largely through the lens of inner transformation. Victor and Blake explore this painting in-depth and touch on the Bosch's method and style and the more straightforward social commentary on display, but they also chat about what the artist may have been communicating about our internal world and process.

Videos: PART 1 | PART 2 | PART 3

The painting can be seen in great detail here.

Inner Explorations with Angela and Victor: A Yoga Podcast

We already have four Yoga Notebooks, so why not A Yoga Podcast? One of our students in North Carolina in the US wrote us with some questions about his yoga practice recently and then began thinking of how others might benefit from hearing the conversation- especially in these difficult times when we are so far apart. So Blake Tedder, with his background in yoga and in radio, reached out to us with the idea to make a podcast where we would talk about our earthy and spacious way of yoga and guiding people into their own body experience. And although we like to communicate with our body and respond directly to other bodies around us, this new medium may be a wonderful way to reach you, our beloved students and inner explorers. We also welcome the potential that others might stumble upon the podcast and find that what we have to say is not so bad after all.

Blake and Victor already recorded and uploaded the first conversation about Creativity and Receptivity. This was the conversation that got the idea moving. We think the next episode will be more about getting to know who we are, and then we will dive into deeper explorations. We hope to have a new episode monthly and also that these conversations unfold like our workshops, very naturally and with a lot of space.

And of course, we want to make this relevant to our own explorations- we just don’t want to talk about ourselves! If you have questions that you would like to ask us, please email Blake here: Also if you have any high quality audio recordings of snippets from our workshops that might go over well on the podcast as special treats in between our conversation episodes, please share them.

The first episode is now available on iTunes, Spotify, Pocket Casts, Google Podcasts, and more.

We hope you will subscribe and enjoy.