Posts tagged yoga for everyone
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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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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Chakras for Beginners: The Third Eye Chakra

The penultimate post in this guide to the chakras! The famous ‘third-eye’! Chakra means ‘wheel’ and in yogic philosophy a chakra is a point in the body where energy comes together on its journey through the body (from bottom to top); a meeting point, if you like. We cannot see them, or feel them with our hands, but each is responsible for a different part of our mind, body or soul. Yogis believe that all of your chakras must be unblocked/aligned/opened in order for you to reach the state of 'Samadhi' or 'transcendental bliss' through meditation. If you have a blocked chakra you will never be able to leave the physical world (i.e. your body) through meditation.

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How to Make the Most of Your Yoga Practice

Yoga is first and foremost an individual practice. This means that everyone in a yoga class is experiencing different levels of challenge and discomfort at any one time, they will have differing strengths, different thoughts and feelings arising from each posture, and everyone will deal with that experience differently.

This means that while in a studio class you might have the guidance of your teacher, it is still your responsibility to take what you can from the class and make the most of your practice. This is even more true when practising at home, either free-flowing or following a video. To help, I’ve rounded up my top tips for really reaping the benefits of your practice

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Lessons from Yoga: Self-Awareness

Whenever I meet people who are in to yoga I usually always hear the same thing: “I started yoga to be more flexible / get fitter / stronger / lose weight, but I can’t believe it’s changed my life in so many other ways!” It’s a common story that you come to yoga for the physical benefits, and stay for the mental ones but what does this actually mean, and what can you expect if you’re a complete newcomer to the practice? In this post I’ll be looking at one of my favourite ‘by-products’ of yoga; self-awareness, and how what we learn in our yoga class can help us off the mat!

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