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.Read More
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.Read More
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…Read More
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.Read More
3 simple steps for creating the perfect space to practice yoga at home!Read More
Living on autopilot is basically the opposite of being mindful. If you’re on autopilot, you’re letting your brain’s automatic function kick in for daily habits, thought processes and decisions and that means you can easily find yourself missing parts of your life, missing chances to learn or grow and getting caught in a spiral of the mundane. Here’s how you can tell if you’re on autopilot, and most importantly, how to take back control!Read More
No longer just reserved for teenage girls and smelly backpackers, journalling is now widely accepted as a mindfulness tool to help us to become more present, peaceful & in tune with our thoughts & feelings. But if you’re not a natural writer, how do you get started? Here are my top tips for starting a journal.Read More
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!Read More
A 45 minute, no-arms flow! This is perfect if you have shoulder, arm or wrist injury and cannot bear weight, or if you simply want to rest after one-too-many chaturungas! No planks, no downward-dog….Read More
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!Read More