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 »

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 »

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 »