I will never forget the day in January 2015, when the first copy of my book YOGA: Fascia, Anatomy and Movement arrived at my house. It is not the best photograph, but I was so very moved to see the real live bound version of literally years of work, come together as one book. I didn't do it alone either and the acknowledgements in the book were originally cut and then added to, so even they don't tell the story of each person involved in the "partnership" it represented.
The honour of the work, was the contribution from each one of the people that helped me, guided me and spent patient hours with me talking through ideas and then listening to version after version as I carved out each chapter. It was said that every chapter was written at least three times - and I suspect that was true. I will pay due homage to everyone that worked alongside me - not least my wonderful family (I nearly drove them all mad) and friends (who ended up bringing food parcels towards the final deadline) and my precious dog. Sasha (the resident Irish Red Setter) would stand by my chair and shove her nose under my arm, till I got up from my computer and paid attention to her. That meant moving, or walking, or getting her some food and myself a glass of water or a cup of tea...stopping to take stock after writing for hours on end.
It is ironic that a book celebrating movement and how the body architecture needs to express itself biomotionally, was necessarily undergoing a process that nearly calcified me, in a sitting position. Neck ache, back ache and exhaustion (liberally interspersed with shoulder ache, wrist ache and anyotherache you can think of) were relieved with yoga at times; but the truth is, the mat was a luxury once the publishing deadline was too close to allow even a full night's sleep; let alone an hour of gentle practice.
When all is said and done; it was a labour of love and the sheer joy I have had working with people who want to learn more and have the text and principles animated, has been a delight. It was worth all the hard work and all the people that assisted me. I thank everyone one of you (you know who you are) and over the coming months I will pay tribute to each of you. Three years on, I have reason to be even more grateful for your contributions. I have met so many wonderful yoga teachers, students, body work professionals, professors, politicians, doctors, nurses, scientists, researchers, ministers, people who are just fascinated and others from different fields who have helped me present the work it invites. That was a magical moment, when it was completed and the beginning of many more. Thank you!!!