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 »

What‘s The Best Style of Yoga to Release Stress?

cat stretching

When I run stress management workshops, clients often ask me which style of yoga is best for relieving stress. So, let me give you a short answer and a long answer. The short answer is: Whatever works for you.   What works for you? For some people a dynamic, Vinyasa or Ashtanga class allows them to 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 »

Release Negativity With The Widening Awareness Technique

Negativity

Imagine going to a new yoga class. Maybe your attention is instinctively drawn to one negative aspect of the new teacher. Maybe it’s something she/he said, something you heard about them, or the way they walk or look (yes, we are drawn to those impressions!). Often, we stay with our initial focus, arriving at a Continue reading »

How Yoga Can Help During Exams

Recently, a student attended one of my workshops for stress management as she was starting revising for her A-level exams and already feeling the pressure. Afterwards, I remembered that I had a little list of tips from when I was still working as a stress counsellor, which I shared with her and she found really 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 »

More Workshops in 2019

Yoga Workshops

A series of yoga workshops for the first half of 2019 are already planned and in the diary. Whether you simply want to relax during an extended yoga practice, progress your practice through building strength and flexibility, or learn something new like stress management skills, you might like to attend these. Book directly with The Secret Continue reading »