Recycled Soothing Eye Pillow

Why not have a go at making this eye pillow and including it in your yoga bag? The halls I teach in (Preston Village Hall in Rutland and Ryhall Village just outside Stamford, Lincolnshire) offer variable lighting so I always adjust it when we come to relax.  However, an eye pillow – particularly with aContinue reading “Recycled Soothing Eye Pillow”

Ujjayi Breath

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 the eyesContinue reading “Ujjayi Breath”

Trouble Sleeping?

We all know the benefits of a good nights’ sleep. Sleep is when the body carries out vital maintenance work, in theory leaving you refreshed and full of beans for the next day. Insomnia (difficulty getting  to sleep) is often caused by stress – when the mind feels that it can’t cope; it’s just tooContinue reading “Trouble Sleeping?”

Vipareeta Karani Asana (Legs up the Wall Variation)

Legs-up-the-Wall posture is an excellent way to gently introduce your body to the benefits of the shoulder stand. These are numerous, but include improved circulation and alleviation of nervous exhaustion. It’s a great pose to rejuvenate a tired body and unsettled mind – great for stress management.  You can hold it for up to 5Continue reading “Vipareeta Karani Asana (Legs up the Wall Variation)”

YOGA! How can I find the time for that?

But this is when we need it most! When our minds are frazzled and our shoulders and neck all cramped up.  Give yourself 5 minutes, it will help in more ways than I can mention.  Importantly though, you will feel much better and those around you, sensing this, will feel much better too.  Sit inContinue reading “YOGA! How can I find the time for that?”

Hollow Body Meditation

This is a great technique to dissolve accumulated stress and tension, for which I give thanks to a book called “The Fine Arts of Relaxation, Concentration and Meditation” by Joel and Michelle Levey. Begin by sitting or lying with the spine in alignment; be comfortable, ensure you are warm enough and won’t be disturbed forContinue reading “Hollow Body Meditation”

Mantra – Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu

This mantra is sometimes sung at the beginning or end of  a yoga class.  It can be on its own or as part of a longer song or collection of matra.  I think it is beautiful and often meditate on it – wishing good things to people and recognising that our own thoughts and actionsContinue reading “Mantra – Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu”

I’m not asleep – honest!

Yoga Nidra means yogic sleep.  This is a form of relaxation/meditation that takes you to a deep, healing place where the body and mind can be truly relaxed and yet still conscious. We usually lie in Shavasana on our backs and cover the body as during the process the body temperature falls.   The practice variesContinue reading “I’m not asleep – honest!”

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”