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

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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 »

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 »

Overcoming Obstacles

My next workshop is called ‘Overcoming Obstacles‘ – It is a two-hour session where we will be looking both at the obstacles we might be facing in our yoga practice (and life!) and strategies for overcoming them. Our learning will be further expanded through a meditative Yin Yoga practice and guided visualization with the aim 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 »

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?

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‘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 »

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 »

Sources of Stress: The Five Kleshas

Five Kleshas Yogavita

When dealing with stress, it is helpful to identify the sources of our stress. The five kleshas are yoga’s perspective on these sources, focussing on the role of our mind. This is my very personal view on the five kleshas as outlined in Patanjali’s yoga sutra 2.3, and how they contribute to everyday stress. Klesha Continue reading »

Best Breathing Techniques to Control Stress and Anxiety

Yogavita Breathing Techniques

Ever wondered what breathing techniques are all about? Breathing techniques are extremely useful to learn because they can help us feel calmer and more confident. In yoga, breathing techniques (pranayama), play an important role in stilling the mind and reaching a meditative state. Benefits of breathing techniques Are you catching your breath after are running Continue reading »