Jim Tarran

I have been practicing yoga since 1990 and teaching since 1992.I also run and devised a Yoga Alliance Profesionals registered 500 Hour Plus teacher training course which has been running since 2000.As a teacher trainer I teach and am qualified to teach students ranging from total beginners to advanced and everyone in between.The focus of the classes is hinged on yoga practices that are familiar to most; āsana (posture), dhyāna (meditation ), prāṇāyāma (breathing practices), mudrā (hand gestures and other “energy containers” and mantra (chanting). Taking the lion’s share of these is āsana.All the techniques are employed to serve the principal purpose of yoga - an awakening to the undivided holism of our essence.

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Alison David, tell us..........

1. How do you like to start your day?

 

I start my day with a meditation. I usually do this with my eyes open watching the steam from the brewery. On weekdays I then cuddle my son, hold his feet down for 21 sit ups and see him to the door as he heads to school.


2. Top tip on including self care into your day?

I take yoga nidras to pause when my energy dips. I figure 30 mins lying down will give me the momentum to get stuck into the next task.


3. Who is one of your key inspirations and why?

My current inspiration is Sonia Choquette who has helped me to realise I have lots of invisible helpers on team and if I tune into my own spirit and ask, that they will assist in many ways.


4. Name a voice technique that you love and why?

I love humming low tones as a comfort tool.

I love dog head down. 

Alison David

Alison David is a singer, writer and intuitive who helps people who know they have something important to share, to explore and transform their blocks and empower themselves, using music, voice work, self care and intention setting.

 

With 25 years of music releases under her belt - working with artists such as Red Snapper (electronica), Black Science Orchestra (house) and Bugz In The Attic (broken beat) - her uplifting songs can be heard on dance floors around the globe. 

 

Her most recent album: Mmmm contains Mantras, Meditations, and Mindfulness practices www.alisondavid.com/mmmmthealbum; and her bi-monthly virtual MmmmBath events can be accessed via her website:

https://alisondavid.com/mmmm-bath

 

Audiences can also access her vocal healing work, archive of releases, and peek into her music creation process by joining her patreon: www.patreon.com/alisonlovedavid

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Jim Tarran, tell us..........

 

1. How do you like to start your day?

I shower, practice nauli (haṭha yoga tummy churning), drink a hot lemon with apple cider vinegar and do a jala neti (salt water nasal cleanse) . That first part of the routine is  pretty much set in stone. After that ideally it’s  meditation. I have a little shed (I mean really little!) and it’s all set up with cushions, iconography and candles ready for me to go. I am currently practicing “kasiṇa” a word that means ‘entire’ or “whole”. There are ten different types but I have been doing the kasiṇa on the colour blue for the last couple of years. I have a blue party plate nailed to the shed wall at eye height as my “external object”. I also have some yantras on the window of the shed, also at eye height that I also use (mostly the kālī one). After that āsana. It doesn’t always pan out in this order, often times there’s domestic chores or admin to do, but one way or another I usually get those practices in - if I am very lucky I might even get in some prāṇāyāma!



2. Top tip on including self care into your day?
don’t really have ‘tips’ or quick fixes and don’t even see myself as being someone to offer advice.  I see myself more as an encourager and less of an advisor.  Meditation is a game changer (for me) and regular practice has a profound effect.

I have recently stopped listening to the news as much in the mornings and often swap it for music (I have found Bach’s cello suite no.1 does something particularly pleasing to my brain frequencies.


3. Who is one of your key inspirations and why?
There are lots and lots; people around me, close friends who are kind, generous and pay attention to the details in their lives. I won’t embarrass them but lots of my friends really inspire me. I find creatives very inspiring generally.  Ajahn Sumedho has probably been my biggest  influence over the years - I have loved his teachings since I discovered him in in 1991  - I totally trust him! Thich Nat Hahn really moved me when I was starting out with his beautiful writing, in particular ‘The Moon Bamboo’. It’s a sad loss that he is no longer with us but I am so grateful to have been in the world at the time of so many great teachers. My encounter with “Dood Baba” or “Milk Baba” left a big impression on me when I first went to India/Nepal and I have been blessed to be inspired by many beautiful Buddhist friends that I have.
I love papa-ji,  Bob Thurman, Swami Laksmanjoo the list goes on and on - I am very grateful!  The list of ancient sages is even longer; Hukuin in the zen tradition, Nāgārjuna, Keyūravatī, the early Buddhist nuns and the Buddha himself. Sorry I have to quickly add Bowie (too much to say about him).


4. Name a yoga teaching you love and why?

Wow that’s an interesting question it’s a bit desert island discs of the yoga world! Lol! I love the concept of anekāntavāda often interpreted as “pluralism” .  It’s a lynch-pin in the Jain tradition but it’s also central in Buddhism. It’s most commonly illustrated by the by the ‘blind men and the elephant parable’ first found in the Buddhist text Tittha sutta, Udāna 6.4, Khuddaka Nikaya. It is a story of a group of blind men who have never come across an elephant before and who  ascertain what an elephant is by touching it. Each man feels a different part of the elephant's body and they bicker over which one is right. Anekāntavāda “not one way” suggest that each are right but only partially and that the truth is all of the truths together.