Ujjayi Breath – a beginners guide

  Ujjayi Breath is a great practice for relaxation – calming for the mind and soothing for the body.  It is also great treatment for anxiety and insomnia. Please be patient with yourself when learning this practice as it’s not the easiest practice to do. Sit in a comfortable position, the spine erect and theContinue reading “Ujjayi Breath – a beginners guide”

Go away – I’m busy relaxing!

Do you find it almost impossible to relax because you feel guilty when you’re not busy? We increasingly live under constant pressure to be productive – doing something every moment of the day; multi-tasking; maximising every second. The increase of mobile phones means we have messages coming at us 24/7 – there is never aContinue reading “Go away – I’m busy relaxing!”

Immune Boosting Yoga

New research published in the Journal of Behavioral Medicine (Feb 2018) suggests that yoga can be a helpful way to boost your immune system and decrease inflammation in the body. Psychological stress can impact many systems in the body, including weakening the immune system and increasing chronic inflammation. Inflammation is natural part of the immune response andContinue reading “Immune Boosting Yoga”

Stepping Off the Christmas Merry-Go-Round

With the count-down to Christmas now in full swing – juggling who’s going where, what to buy for so-and-so and fitting everyone in over the festive period – things get frantic for the body, mind and soul. At these times our heads are jam packed with to-do lists and our bodies are tense holding ontoContinue reading “Stepping Off the Christmas Merry-Go-Round”

Yogic Breathing (3 Part Breath)

Yogic breathing (or 3 part breathing) combines abdominal breathing, thoracic breathing (chest) and clavicular (lower throat) breathing. In class I call it the ‘3 part breath’ – it can also be call the ‘Complete’ breath – but of all the names I like ‘3 part’ because it reminds me of the 3 stages. This breathingContinue reading “Yogic Breathing (3 Part Breath)”

Learn to Relax

Our relaxation exercises in the Beginners Yoga last term were inspired by the book ‘Learn to Relax’ by Mike George. It is a very readable book interspersed with exercises to help reduce stress, live in the moment and relax. As you go further into the book there are sections on finding harmony in the relationshipsContinue reading “Learn to Relax”

Silencing the Buzz

Background ‘noise’ in the form of anxiety is often a constant companion…  We may have become so used to worrying that we don’t even notice it.  Try this visualisation to help you identify the hum and temporarily rid your mind of the noise… 1 Sit comfortably and close your eyes.  Imagine that you are walkingContinue reading “Silencing the Buzz”