Very Merry Winter Holidays and a Happy New Year

Relaxing yoga pose on floor

As the year draws to an end, here are a few dates for 2020 to look forward to: Renew and Relax Saturday, 18 January 2020, 14.00 – 16.00 Look forward to two hours of nourishing yoga including poses which will help you gently detoxify, stretch and strengthen the body. Learn to set a Sankalpa, an intention Continue reading »

Principles of Yin Yoga

Butterfly Pose Yin yoga

Yin yoga is a slow, quiet style of yoga, in which poses (typically floor-based) are held for several minutes. We allow the body to soften and relax while we are tuning into the internal aspects of each pose – bodily sensations, breath, thoughts, emotions. Yin yoga is not meant to replace other styles of yoga Continue reading »

The Lotus Flower and Yoga

Lotus Nelumbo nucifera

Lotus flowers can be found everywhere in the yoga world, adorning yoga mats and props, websites and walls. Commonly called Asian lily, it is not related to the UK’s water lily at all, although they resemble each other. On a visit to Kew Gardens, I found out that an analysis of the plant’s genetic code Continue reading »

Building Strength with Yoga

Walnut

Building strength is one of my most popular workshop topics. I can see why: Building strength is rewarding because we can feel the results relatively quickly. With increased strength we can start to learn more challenging poses such as arm balances. Most importantly though, maintaining muscular strength will allow us to stay active, able to Continue reading »

Introduction to Mindful Meditation

Mindfulness

Mindful Meditation is both simple and difficult. Not surprisingly, the devil lies in the detail as I found out as soon as I started trying meditating. The general principles, however, are straightforward. From buddhism to present day Mindfulness Meditation is found in Buddhism as the seventh element of the Noble Eightfold Path to finding release from the cycle of rebirth. Wind Continue reading »

What is Yin and What is Yang Yoga?

Thai Chi

‘Yin’ and ‘yang’ are terms originating in traditional Chinese philosophy, so how did they find their way into yoga and what can you expect in a Yin and Yang Yoga class? ‘Yin’ and ‘yang’ describe the opposite forces inherent in nature. These forces may seem contrary but are actually complementary and interdependent aspects of the Continue reading »

How to Start Practicing Yoga at Home

Yoga Home Practice

Is your yoga studio closed over the festive period? Maybe this is a good opportunity to get started with practicing yoga at home! If going to a class is a bit like going to school then practicing at home is like becoming a teacher yourself. There are so many spiritual and health benefits of yoga, why let Continue reading »

Yoga Nidra for Deep Relaxation

Yoga Nidra

What exactly is Yoga Nidra? The term appears more and more often on studio timetables and in my upcoming yoga day retreat I will be offering this yogic practice, too. Yoga Nidra for deep relaxation Yoga Nidra could be described as a form of guided relaxation. The practice typically last 30-40 minutes and often brings Continue reading »

What is Hatha Yoga?

Hatha yoga mudra

‘What is Hatha yoga?’ is an easy enough question but the answer is not so straightforward. Hatha yoga is a broad term, which refers to the physical practices of yoga. Initally, yoga was a meditative discipline practiced by Indian ascetics to break the of cycle of rebirth and to find enlightenment. Hatha yoga came about at Continue reading »