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 »

Three More Yoga Workshops Coming Up Soon

Yoga Workshops

It’s almost November – with two more yoga workshops coming up, and a third workshop to look forward to in the new year. Book now to save your space! Yoga for Managing Stress An introduction to stress management followed by a nurturing yin/yang yoga practice and relaxation. Saturday, 3 November 2018 15.00 – 17.00 Yogavani, Potters 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 »

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 »