The benefits debate is gathering real momentum in the UK. Should the unemployed do something in return for taxpayer's support? Surely the answer is yes. But if governments condition our unemployed to expect money for nothing, then the result is obvious. There is no incentive to find a job. Any smart person will take money for nothing.
Something as simple as taking a yoga class can bring a sense of calm and reassurance. The meditation element of yoga is also an essential life skill that can be used in challenging situations like sitting for hours with an intravenous drip administering cancer drugs.
When I teach, I seem to amass a library of books by my side. They are staring back at me on the floor, almost coaxing me into a sense of focus or joy - whichever is needed most. I always have a new book in my bag, I am always studying and reading about yoga or being in the moment and trying to create some good from it!
Our goal is to achieve the holy grail of business success and happiness. I believe this requires companies to create the right environment and for employees to take responsibility for themselves.
Leaders would do well to take a leaf out of Pope Francis' book on how to be a true leader by actions and not just words. He welcomes the homeless for lunch, shows infinite patience to a child running around while delivering a keynote speech and responds personally to people who contact him. Leadership is about serving others faithfully.
I am currently cycling through China and this kerfuffle over a shopping bag has got me thinking about what brahmacharya means to me, and also how a lack of brahmacharya has dramatically affected China.
My work teaches us how to listen to our intuition; to learn to trust our hearts and that we're on the right path. No matter how much I try to fight it, I know I should be helping people. When I talk about my work, you hear an excitement in my voice you never hear when I talk about my corporate role.
Yoga, India's greatest and most well known export, is relevant to every aspect of life and what hits the news. In Sanskrit, yoga has 32 meanings. These include business, wealth, friendship, union, to deceive, rules, carrying out war and even spying!
Here's what surprised me about my friends - they knew me a lot better than I gave them credit for. So here's a list of the five things that showed me how amazing my friends are...
Do NOT go on a meditation retreat if you've never meditated before. It will hurt your brain. It will hurt your brain so hard you'll think it's trying to give birth to acorns out of your ears and, whilst you could probably make quite a bit of money as a circus act doing that, IT WILL NOT MAKE YOU HAPPY.
So, you must be wondering how I'm getting on in my little corner of heaven - the Kerala countryside in India? Truth is, at this moment in time, I've had better times.
Last night, I cried for an embarrassingly long time and wondered if I could get an earlier flight home. I hadn't even spent the night here yet.
Good health and wellbeing is an essential part to leading a happy and fulfilled life. Being individuals, there certainly isn't a one-size-fits-all, and, depending on our preferences, tastes and personalities, we each have the potential to be interested in a vast range of different practices and philosophies.
Hungary, a country that is known for her magnificent capital city and not much else. But we soon discovered that Hungary is far more than just Budapest.
Does the yoga teacher have a responsibility to uphold the teacher-student relationship and not abuse it? The most obvious way the teacher student relationship line is blurred is when the yoga teacher sleeps with their students. It's rife.
I spent many years teaching Yoga and Pilates to help tone, define and relax client's bodies. Then, one day a client said to me 'I wish you could do the same for my face'. The thought then struck me, why do we only train our muscles from the neck down?