Peter's interest in yoga started in the late 1970s and after some initial searching around he settled into a regular Iyengar practice which he pursued and trained in for about 12 years. His later training in Osteopathy and meetings with John Stirk and Mary Stewart caused a shift in his thinking about how to practice and teach yoga: away from a structural exercise model of asana practice towards an approach that centres around how we notice the world, how we interpret what we notice and then how do we respond to those interpretations. He teachers regular classes where he lives in Brighton as well as travelling extensively to deliver a variety of yoga workshops.
These days in yoga it seems that new movements and sequences are developed almost daily, how do we decide if these ideas are useful additions to yoga’s rich repertoire, or less helpful window dressing that is motivated by an increased desire for novelty? This workshop will look at the anatomy of movement and its neural underpinnings with the intention of helping the teacher or student make an informed decision about what to teach and how to practice.Read More
Mereology is the study of the relationship between parts and the whole. It helps us question when it is useful to reduce things and look at the component parts and when it is useful to put things together and consider the whole. The Merelogical Fallacy is when we ascribe qualities of the whole to a part of a thing. An example of this might be that the biceps flexes the elbow; this is only very partially true. A human being flexes an elbow not a bicep; a bicep has no will or mind to bring to bear on things, there are many other things that are involved in the bending of an arm. Are breathing, asana and meditation separate things or do they have a relationship?Read More
During the last twenty years there has been a marked change in notions of how pain needs to be managed; in particular chronic pain. This comes in part from the needs of an ageing population and in part from recent research into the mechanism of pain withinRead More