Category Archives: Yoga

My adventures in yoga.

The Yoga Sutras, one year later

theyogasutrasMy debut novel, The Yoga Sutras, was published one year ago today. Publishing the book was a huge personal achievement for me, but it’s hardly been a bestseller. In order to punish myself for this failure and engage in some self-flagellation, I’ve decided to take a hard look at reviews of the book and see what I can learn. Continue reading

I am an author!

51JzBmdq88L._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-v3-big,TopRight,0,-55_SX278_SY278_PIkin4,BottomRight,1,22_AA300_SH20_OU02_My first novel, The Yoga Sutras (written under the pen-name Jackson Radcliffe) is now published and available in Kindle format at, and other international flavours of Amazon. Continue reading

Judging a book by its cover

You should never judge a book by its cover, unless of course you are deciding whether or not to read it. For before you read it, how else can you judge it?

Reviews on Amazon, recommendations by friends and the “blurb” on the back all help, but it’s the cover that has the first and potentially biggest impact.

So, given the critical importance of a book’s cover, I am pleased to reveal the cover of my forthcoming novel, The Yoga Sutras, to be published April 2014:

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Speaking in tongues

… continued from Triangle.

Yoga is hard, and it’s made harder by the fact that everything in yoga has a Sanskrit name. Most Sanskrit words are easily translated into English. Thus, popular yoga postures translate as “Extended hand big toe posture” and “Three limb face foot forward intense stretch posture.”

These sound difficult and painful, and that’s because they are. Continue reading


triange… continued from Man, Woman, Yoga.

Another week, another yoga class.

‘Come to the front of your mats,’ says the Goddess, ‘Place your hands in prayer position. Now turn sideways, pointing your right foot forward. Lean to the side, clasping your right big toe with your right hand and reach up to the sky with your left hand, keeping your chest open.’

A typical yoga posture – easy to describe,  hard to understand, and completely impossible to do. Continue reading

Man, woman, yoga

kaliFor many years my wife nagged me to take up yoga. No, I said, it’s just a lot of gentle stretching for girls. Then, about five years ago, I tried my first yoga class. Continue reading