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OM meets… Julian Daizan Skinner

London-based Zen Master Julian Daizan Skinner spent two decades in Zen monasteries, returning from Japan in 2007. He teaches Zen Yoga in the UK and internationally. Here, he shares his journey with By Sarah Bladen

How did you first get into yoga

When I first got into Z en I was fascinated by the meditation. I was already fit - running marathons, playing rugby. And I expected the meditation practice just to be mind-training. Yet it was far more than that. Every aspect of my being was involved and I was amazed at the level of physical tension and pain brought up just by half an hour of sitting still. I knew I had to do something about this and began tracking down Zen masters with a physical culture aspect to their practice. And from what I learned, things began to open up and my body became able to enjoy the sitting.

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In this issue of OM Yoga & Lifestyle magazine we’ve got lots of great ideas and inspiration to keep your practice fresh and alive on the mat. We’ve got our regular 360º Yoga anatomy academy with Doctor Yogi plus a sequence on finding relief from anxiety, one of the great challenges of the modern era. Look out for a standalone yoga teacher training guide this month too, brought to you by the OM team, where you can find out all you need to know about teacher training before you take the plunge. If you’re looking to explore the world this month then be sure to check out our yoga guide to Manchester where there’s plenty going on; it’s a city with some amazing teachers and studios. And, for you guys, we’ve got an article on Why Men Need Mindfulness, it’s an invaluable tool to learn and take with you throughout the day. Keep on reading for more yoga inspiration and advice in Britain’s best-loved yoga title. Have a fantastic month, folks.