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A regrettable view

September 9th, 2014… BY Mark


It’s remarkable how often my profession earns me an apology. When people learn I’m a yoga teacher their response is very often something like “I’m afraid I don’t have time for that because…” or “I’m sorry, I tried it once but…”

This is particularly true of people with busy urban lifestyles and most of the time they’re actually apologising to themselves, not to me. Their tone frequently has an “I know I’m being a fool to myself” and/or a confessional quality.

Yoga has a “saintly glow”. People know it can be good for them and that it can change lives for the better but in some ways it seems too good to be true and this prevents them actually engaging with it.

For many it’s a fear of commitment. They see yoga as an all or nothing discipline that will involve them in … Read More »


Why volunteer for the Albert Kennedy Trust (AKT)?

June 21st, 2014… BY James

I first found out about AKT via an information leaflet I’d picked up somewhere and initially just made a donation. Looking more closely at their work I decided mentoring might be the most suitable way I could volunteer my time. Whilst the whole point of me doing volunteer work remains to do something where the (hopeful) benefit will be to others and not me, I am still shamelessly proud to be associated with an organisation making such a difference to the lives of LGBT young people. Whenever I march at Manchester Pride with AKT, the organisation is always met with warmth and appreciation from everyone.

So why I did choose AKT?  I was lucky growing up and had a stable home life and never felt unloved or unwanted   ; in response I suppose I wanted to support those who had … Read More »



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