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 »

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 Mental Health Awareness Week is coming round once again, it might be worth looking at what yoga can offer in terms of maintaining our mental health. This year the campaign’s focus is body image and how to maintain a good body image. Yoga can certainly help us connect with our body, feel our body, 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 »

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, 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 »

Pregnancy Yoga – Dos and Don’ts

Pregnancy yoga

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 »