108 Sun Salutations for The Philippines

Fundraising for the Disaster Emergency Committee and their work in The Philippines.

Thanks to everyone who came along, supported and donated to our event.

The following is the time lapse footage of this event.

Please see the following link for some pictures that were taken.


DEC_logo_mainEvent: 108 Sun Salutations.

Date: 12th January 2014

Location: Kensington Unitarians, Essex Church, 112 Palace Gardens Terrace, LondonW8 4RT

The idea is to do 108 sun salutations to mark the end of 2013 and bring in 2014.  It is also an opportunity to raise funds in supporting the people of  The Philippines who have suffered from the recent typhoon Haiyan.

If you are interested participating please email me jaquiwan@gmail.com. I will invite you onto the Virgin Giving Money donations site which is linked in full below.



We are also calling all London based yoga teachers who are interested in leading 9-12 sun salutations, again email me and let me know.

OK, lets get this show on the road and demonstrate how we can work together in support in solidarity.

Any other suggestions of help would be appreciated.


Japan Appeal: After The Event

After the event – Japan Disaster Appeal

What an afternoon! I was completely blown away by both the turn out and energy of the participants and teachers.  It was a great success and a testament to how ideas can be manifested into action and with collaborative effort, bring about all manor of infinite possibilities. Our event auspiciously coincided with the waning moon, which gave all of us the opportunity to reflect and consolidate, as well as reboot and consider new beginnings.

A big thank you to:-

  • Idir Talbi for instigating the idea.
  • All the teachers and gifted yoga practitioners who led the Sun Salutations, providing much needed energy and inspiration.
  • Takako Yoshihara and Naomi Hawkes for their meticulous counting skills.
  • Vaclav Elias for sorting out the fab cakes, pictures and added humour during the Sun Salutations.
  • Staff @ LA Fitness West India Quay for supporting and agreeing to host this event.

Pictures and footage will be available shortly.

If you are interested in donating your hard earned cash to this appeal please click on the following link http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/108sunsalutationsJapanDisaster

A big thank you to everyone for making this event an afternoon to remember!!!

Also for those of you interested in finding where your donated cash is going to please click here.

For previous blogs on the Japan Appeal please click here.

Japan Disaster Appeal

Japan Disaster Appeal

Event: 108 Sun Salutations.

Date: 2nd April 2011

Like you, I have been numbed into silence with scenes I have seen from Japan, with this completely natural yet phenomenally incomprehensible disaster.

The feeling of loss and helplessness came all over me. But it was one of my yoga students who helped sow this seed.

The idea is to do 108 sun salutations to show our empathy, sympathy and our solidarity to the Japanese people who are going through all manner of upheaval, loss and trauma.

We would like you to participate and or teach, if not donate your hard earned cash to the British Red Cross, who have agreed to direct our raised funds to the Japan Red Cross who are directly involved in the relief effort.

LA Fitness West India Quay, has kindly donated their studio for free and for it to be open for anyone to come along and participate. Basically this event is open to non members.

However, non members will be required to fill in a waiver form and bring photo ID with them. Booking is required and can be done so through mailing me.

If you are interested in getting sponsorship for each sun salutation please mail me your email address and I will invite you on to the donations site which in full below.


Am also sending out to all yoga teachers who are interested in teaching 9-12 sun salutations, again email me and let me know.

OK, lets get this show on the road and demonstrate how we can work together in support in solidarity.

Any other suggestions of help would be appreciated.


My 108 New Year Sun Salutations

My New Year Sun-salutations

OK the whole 108 took two and a quarter hours on the Saturday morning from 10-12.15pm.  Have to say after about 30 – 40 sun salutations I began thinking to myself why did I decide to do this?  I could stop now and no one would know, I have no witnesses to say the contrary,… but I persevered and by about 80 I realised I was on the home straight.

Have to say felt very exhilarated after doing it, but my hamstrings (backs of my legs) have been soar for the last few days.

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