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

Ahead of my next workshop on Yoga for Managing Stress, I would like to share with you in advance the top five yoga poses for stress release. In my workshops I usually ask people what their favourite pose for releasing tensions, and invariably these poses come up each time. The practice of asanas – just 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 »

Yoga Day Retreat at Sopwell House St Albans

Yoga Day Retreat

I am exited to announce my first yoga day retreat, taking place on Saturday, 6 October at Sopwell House in St Albans. Treat yourself to a nurturing day of well-being as the days get shorter and the busy festive season is about to start. The first bookings have already come in, and if you want to save Continue reading »

Nine Obstacles on the Path of Yoga

Obstacles to yoga

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali list nine obstacles on the path of yoga. What are these obstacles and how can we avoid them? The 9 Obstacles on the path of yoga Life tends to present us with challenges and setbacks: we might get ill just when we have a job interview lined up; we have Continue reading »

What is Your Reason for Practicing Yoga?

Reasons for practicing yoga

Thinking about why it might be useful and beneficial to practice yoga, I have come to the conclusion that there is only one reason that really matters: It is your reason for practicing yoga. What made me think about the reasons for practicing yoga is International Day of Yoga on 21 June. International Day of Yoga was established Continue reading »

Yoga for Mental Health

Yoga for mental health

As it is Mental Health Awareness Week, it might be worth looking at what yoga can offer in terms of maintaining our mental health. Yoga is a comprehensive system comprising physical exercise as well as a philosophical framework and lifestyle guidance. It is therefore not surprising that yoga can be used to improve our mental 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 find enlightenment. Hatha yoga came about at the Continue reading »

Yoga to Calm Exam Nerves

exam nerves, desk with stationary

It is this time of year again when exams like GCSEs, A-levels and university examinations are approaching fast and exam nerves are building up. Exam nerves can become an unnecessary burden when revising  or a distraction on exam day. Exam nerves often seem overwhelming and difficult to control. Read here how yoga and other simple 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 2018, 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 Continue reading »