Posts tagged yoga off the mat
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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Can you choose happiness?

Ahhh the pursuit of happiness; ironically the root of misery, or a legitimate and easy choice?

You might have seen phrases or inspirational quotes flying around the internet centring around the idea that happiness is a choice; ‘Be Happy’ or ‘Choose Happy’, or ‘Today I Choose Joy’. I actually think I might be guilty of pedalling these ideas; scroll through my Instagram and you can probably see me encouraging my followers to choose happiness.

Of course, what I really mean, is to choose positivity; because it’s not possible to choose happiness. Or is it?

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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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Lessons from Yoga: Why Kindness is Key

Yoga, like life, isn't always pretty. Sometimes it's messy, or sweaty, or someone farts next to you. It is within you to either react or not react. It is within you to be kind to yourself, and to those around you, and not get worked up about the smaller things.

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