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 »

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 »

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 »

Pregnancy Yoga: What You Need to Know

Pregnancy Yoga

Yoga is a popular choice for taking up exercise during pregnancy, and for good reason. Pregnancy yoga can be very beneficial as it is relaxing and calming and strengthens the body gently and mindfully. Following on from my last blog on the Dos and Don’ts of pregnancy yoga, and ahead of my new pregnancy yoga class at Continue reading »

Top 5 Yoga Poses for Stress Release

Top 5 Poses for stress release

In my workshops on Managing Stress with Yoga I usually ask people what their favourite pose for releasing tensions, and invariably the following poses come up each time. They are really great for a yoga home practice because they are gentle and non-competitive. The practice of asanas – just as any form of physical exercise 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 »

Health Benefits of Yoga

health benefits of yoga visualised with triangle pose in garden setting

On occasion of World Health Day on 7 April, it might be worth reflecting on the health benefits of yoga. When I went to my first yoga class I loved it because it made me feel good: My mood lifted, I felt physically stronger and fitter, and I enjoyed time to myself as well as meeting Continue reading »