Autumn Equinox Soothing Meditation

Today is the autumn equinox – when the light of the day is equal to the dark of the night.  At this time we can feel a little out of sorts or anxious about the change-over that is happening in the seasons – sorry to say that the nights will be longer than the daysContinue reading “Autumn Equinox Soothing Meditation”

OPENING DOORS WITHIN

  This is a super little book by Eileen Caddy, that contains a message for each day of the year. Sometimes our minds are clouded with so many thoughts that we can’t see the wood for the trees. It can help to have a guide to hand to point us in the direction of rest/relaxation/meditation/takingContinue reading “OPENING DOORS WITHIN”

Just Breathe…

Strong or soft, wild or serene- Wherever breath flows there is a song. Hear in its whisper touching behind the face, Singing in the throat, Dancing spirals in the sanctuary of your heart.   In this practice of listening, A moment may come when you just want to lie down. This is a doorway –Continue reading “Just Breathe…”

10 Good Reasons for a Regular Yoga Practice

Chances are, if you have been along to yoga classes you have felt better when you came out than when you went in.  You probably felt that your tension released and maybe even looked a little younger! Almost certainly you will have had a really good night’s sleep. But that’s not all – yoga worksContinue reading “10 Good Reasons for a Regular Yoga Practice”

3 Great Books to Inspire Your Yoga Practice

YOGA FOR BEGINNERS – MARK ANSARI + LIZ LARK This book is spiral bound and can be propped up on a table to give you a great ‘how to do a posture’ guide.  Not just for beginners, the suggested flow of postures is a great practice for anyone.  There are clear explanations of the postures,Continue reading “3 Great Books to Inspire Your Yoga Practice”

Benefits of Ardha Ustrasana

In the 90 minute classes this term we have been exploring Ustrasana working with Ardha Ustrasana the half camel pose. This is a back bending posture which strengthens the thighs, lower back and neck areas – all of which are considered in yoga to be ‘vulnerable’ areas of the body which we need to takeContinue reading “Benefits of Ardha Ustrasana”

Benefits of Ardha Ustrasana – Camel Pose

In our 90 minute classes this term we have been exploring Ustrasana working with Ardha Ustrasana the half camel pose. This is a back bending posture which strengthens the thighs, lower back and neck areas – all of which are considered in yoga to be ‘vulnerable’ areas of the body which we need to takeContinue reading “Benefits of Ardha Ustrasana – Camel Pose”

Where on Earth is your ‘tragus’?

a) On your heel b) On your elbow c) On your ear The answer is c) on your ear!! The Tragus is the flap of cartilage that runs up from your cheek over your ear ‘hole’!  In the practice of Bhramari Pranayama we gently push the tragus with the thumbs to ‘stop up the ears’Continue reading “Where on Earth is your ‘tragus’?”

6 Exercises to relieve tension

1 Tadasana Remove your socks and shoes if possible. Allow the feet to spread out on the floor or your mat, positioning them directly under your hip joints. Bring awareness into the soles of the feet and feel your weight sinking down evenly through the whole surface of the sole. If you feel unbalanced, bringContinue reading “6 Exercises to relieve tension”

You are my sunshine!

“For fools rush in where angels fear to tread.” Nothing could be more true of the yogic Sun Salutations… This quotation comes from a great long poem about criticism, written by Alexander Pope over 300 years ago in 1709.  For me, Surya Namaskara (Sun Salutation) is a flow of postures that one learns towards anContinue reading “You are my sunshine!”