Posts tagged i should go do 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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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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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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I Should Go Do Yoga....Post-Natal

I’ve absolutely loved teaching a small group of new mums and their little babies recently; it’s a private class so they have complete flexibility to take a break to breastfeed if they need to, or sooth the baby if s/he is fussy. Being a new mum can be hard & yoga can really help to give you some much needed headspace & a chance to get back in touch with your body & ease aches & pains. However, it’s not all that easy to keep going to public yoga classes when you have a baby, so I’ve put together some of my favourite post-natal postures for you to practice at home!

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I Should Go Do Yoga….To Prep for Headstand

Ahhh headstand, the king of postures. There are a lot of elements which go into a good headstand; not least of which is learning how to face your fear of being upside down. However, once you’ve built the right strength in the shoulders & the core, the rest should come with time & practice. Here are my top prep-poses for headstand; practice these daily to build up the strength & muscle-memory required. Scroll down to the bottom to see some do’s & don’ts for when you progress into the final posture!

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I Should Go Do Yoga...For Runners

Whether you’ve been running for ages, or have put a couch to 5k on your 2019 resolutions list, it’s no secret that the hobby can leave you with tired, tight muscles, without the right warm-up & cool down. Incorporating yoga into your routine, both immediately before/after a run, and on your off-days, will help keep the muscles and fascia supple & healthy to keep you running for longer!

Here are my favourite yoga routines/postures suitable for all levels of runner!

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I Should Go Do Yoga....For When You're Under the Weather

Whether it’s a winter head cold or just a few too many mulled wines at the office party, ‘tis the season to feel pretty crappy sometimes. The contrast of the cold weather with indoor heating mixed with a little over-indulgence is a recipe for headaches, fever, nausea, aches and pains, so I have put together some of my favourite postures to practise at home when I’m feeling under the weather (ahem…hungover).

Grab yourself a block, if you have one (if not, a thick book will do) and a bolster or big sofa cushion/a few pillows, get into your comfies and get ready to breathe the pain away!

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I Should Go Do Yoga...Daily

One of the hardest things about being a yoga teacher is keeping up with my own practice every day, and I LOVE yoga! So I know how hard it can be to make the time for a full yoga class, either at home or out at a studio.

To help, I've put together some really simple yoga postures which you can practice daily (first thing in the morning is best) and which won't take up too much of your valuable sleeping time!

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I Should Go Do Yoga....At Work

So unless you've really nailed the whole 'work-life balance' or 'prioritising self-care' thing (which by the way, I urge you to try and do!) finding time to do yoga can be hard. I get it; until you adjust your mindset to make it your priority, it ain't going to happen, but that's OK!

To help people just like you I've put together a few basic yoga postures which you can do any time during your work day (they'll take you about 10 minutes all together) which will help ease back, neck and shoulder tension and keep you feeling refreshed and energised!

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I Should Go Do Yoga...For Back Pain....pt 2

You've heard before, but I'll say it again; in today's world back pain is more common than ever. Our sedentary, smart-phone and computer-led lives have caused us to have rounded upper backs, short hip flexors and tight hamstrings which all contribute to poor posture and back pain.

One of the most common questions I get from people when they find out I teach yoga is: "what stretches can I do for my back?". Well folks, you asked, I delivered. Did you know that most back pain isn't actually anything to do with the back, but instead is caused by tight hips, short hamstrings and/or poor pelvic posture? Some of these poses might feel or look like they're not targeting the back, but trust me, practice these postures daily and you'll feel the difference!

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