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 »

Pregnancy Yoga – Dos and Donts

Two flat stones on Japanes-style raked white sand

There was no pregnancy yoga in my area when I was pregnant, so I joined a regular yoga class, modifying my practice under the kind guidance of my yoga teacher. I started yoga because I had read that ‘yoga is good for you’. And indeed, it was good for me. I am so glad I Continue reading »

How Yin Yoga Can Help Relieve Stress

Yoga reacher demonstrating yin-style butterfly pose

It seems that yin is in. I only came across yin yoga last summer although it has been around in one form or another since the 1990s. During my first yin yoga class I felt instantly soothed and nurtured, and I believe it is this effect which makes yin yoga so popular at the moment Continue reading »

Yoga Poses to Ward off the Winter Cold

Yoga to ward off winter cold, snow-covered wooden garden hut

Last night, my yoga class was full despite the cold and icy weather. Luckily, the roads were all free, gritted and salted, and many students walked to class. But with the weather being rather unpredictable over the next few days, snow and ice might prevent us from going to our regular yoga class. A home Continue reading »