Posts in Yoga
I Should go Do Yoga....Prep for Warrior 3

Warrior 3 is one of the ultimate balancing postures in yoga, and it’s likely you’ll come across it regularly in class! It makes me feel super strong and powerful when I practice this posture, because it works strength and balance in the core and legs (and it kinda makes me look like superwoman ;-)). It’s also great for practising stillness of mind, because as soon as you get distracted, you fall.

To get the most out of this posture, you need to have warmed up those leg muscles and got the core activated, so you can hold that alignment nicely and really feel the benefits of the posture! Here are my top postures for working towards a strong and stable Warrior 3!

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How to Start A Home Practice

There’s no doubt, that as a beginner yogi heading to a studio can be pretty daunting. If you can get over that fear of not being ‘good enough’ to do yoga, I highly recommend having classes with a teacher while you get started with the practice, but once you’ve got the basics down, practising at home can be super beneficial!

Not only do you get to practice in your own time (in your PJs if you want to) but you can go at your own pace, work on what feels right for you in the moment and there’s not dead time travelling to and from the studio, so it really is efficient!

However, I know it can be really difficult to start a home practice without the help of an online video, so here are my top tips for starting your independent yoga practice at home…

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I Should Go Do Yoga....Prep for Crow Pose

Crow pose (or bakasana) is my favourite arm balance, and despite how it might look, the easiest arm balance for beginner yogis to work towards. The feeling when you first catch air in this posture is amazing, and I still remember the moment I did, some 3 years ago!

That said, it’s not an easy posture, by any means, and requires a lot of upper body and core strength to really stay safe and comfortable. I’ve put together my top prep-postures for working your way up to practising crow. Start with a simple warm-up: some cat-cows and half sun-salutations and then you can get started!

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8 limbs of yoga for modern life: Aparigraha

In traditional teachings, Aparigraha translates as ‘non-possessiveness’ or ‘non-greed’. It refers mainly to physical objects or material wealth. Those living a yogi lifestyle are taught that attachments to such ‘earthly’ items are a hindrance to reaching ‘Samadhi'‘; the state of transcendental bliss & universal knowledge otherwise known as Enlightenment. However for me, this practice extends far beyond material things. It’s about letting go of attachment to ANY ONE OUTCOME; any one goal, specific yoga posture or fixed idea and allowing yourself to be open to opportunity, acceptance and change.

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8 limbs of yoga for modern life: Tapas

This post is the second in this series (read the first one here), where I unpack the 8 limbs of yoga and try to make sense of them in the world in 2019. How do we take these traditional teachings & apply them to modern life? Today’s post tackles the third of the 5 Niyamas, or personal, internal observances, which make up the second limb of the practice of yoga; Tapas.

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8 limbs of yoga for modern life: Ahimsa

If you’ve been practising yoga for a while now, or are a regular student of mine you will know that the practise of yoga is so much more than the physical ‘asana’ or postures which we practice in the studio every week. You may also know that the practice of yoga is actually made up of 8 ‘limbs’ or ‘ways of living’ which guide us towards yoga as a full holistic practice, rather than just a physical workout.

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I Should Go Do Yoga....To Boost My Mood

FINALLY spring has sprung and the sunshine & blue skies are helping to keep my energy up…but it hasn’t been that way for the last few weeks. I don’t know about you, but my mood has been all over the place, so I have put together my favourite yoga postures for when I’m feeling a little bit grumpy, or down in the dumps. Because, let’s face it, the sun doesn’t always shine, and sometimes we need a little helping hand.

I highly recommend practising these while blasting out your favourite tunes…

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How To Take Your Yoga Practice To The Next Level

If you’ve been practising yoga for a while, either on your own at home or at a public studio you might have reached the point where you’re ready to step up. Maybe it’s to graduated from the level 1 or beginners’ class to a level 2 or intermediate, or maybe it’s just that you’re feeling like you’re ready to get something more from the practice.

There are lots of ways to enhance your practice, that DON’T involve forcing yourself into the splits, or risking injury from pushing yourself into harder postures.

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