Skin-deep yoga


In meditation I usually spend time focusing on the third eye chakra – located between the eyebrows.

The third eye as an inward-turning tool – a means to withdraw from the outward gaze and look inwards at one’s own inner sky.

I particularly liked this morning’s meditation because it wasn’t deep. It was surface. My attention played over the surface of my forehead.

From a classical yoga point of view this would be considered poor meditation. However, as a lover of the skin and flesh, I revel in the physical body. The skin for me is a porous boundary between self and world. I loved this morning’s skin-deep yoga – attention delighting in the skin.

Dead skin and soft exfoliants


‘Out with the old. In with the new.’

Mostly, people wait till ‘the old’ is well and truly worn out before letting go of it. Relationships, jobs, business practices, eating habits…. we wait till its past its sell-by date; then we let go.

But the body’s wisdom is so much finer and saves us so much time, energy and heartache.

I’ve noticed that my body senses immediately when something is old. When I ignore that sensual wisdom and wait till I see the logic of it, letting go is painful – the way I imagine a chemical peel would feel.

When I listen to my body immediately, letting go a lot easier.

I still feel the ending, parting or change, but the rub is gentler – like sloughing away dead skin cells with a luxurious exfoliant.