Little Changes For 2015

We all like to turn over a new leaf at the beginning of a new year – making vows not to eat/drink so much and committing to take a daily trip to the gym/jog/cycle ride. The yogic approach is to take small daily steps on a much worn path: using exercises that are both physicalContinue reading “Little Changes For 2015”

Perfect Your Posture… Bhujangasana (cobra pose)

Step by Step Instructions for Bhujangasana (cobra pose) Lie on the front of the body, legs straight and soles of feet upwards and forehead or nose on the mat. Place the palms of the hands (fingers together) on the mat, keeping the upper arms in contact with the sides of the body and the elbowsContinue reading “Perfect Your Posture… Bhujangasana (cobra pose)”

Core! What a Work Out!

Last weekend I ran 2 workshops with a focus on the “core”.  These workshops are designed to take a more in depth investigation into a particular element of yoga.  They are suitable for beginners and those new to yoga, but also offer the experienced student a chance to develop a level of understanding that isContinue reading “Core! What a Work Out!”

Patanjali’s 8 Limbs of Yoga – Sutras II:28 & II:29

Patanjali is known affectionately as the father of yoga. He wrote the first comprehensive manual about how to practice yoga in around 300 BC. The teachings included in his ‘Yoga Sutras’ had been passed on by word of mouth via chanting for many years before.  Artefacts and scriptures from the Indus Valley have been carbonContinue reading “Patanjali’s 8 Limbs of Yoga – Sutras II:28 & II:29”

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”

5 Anti-Aging Postures

ROLL OUT YOUR MAT ANY TIME FOR A SHORT DAILY PRACTICE TO ENHANCE YOUR VITALITY AND KEEP YOUR SPINE YOUNG! (Remember – always practice within your capability – people with lower back problems or high blood pressure should take extra care and I advise working with an experienced yoga teacher so they don’t worsen theContinue reading “5 Anti-Aging Postures”

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?”

Do Yoga! Top 10 Asana

Thanks to everyone who voted in my “Favourite Asana” poll at the end of last term. It made interesting counting and I’ll try to include all mentioned postures in the classes we do over the coming year. So for the Top 10 Results.  In reverse order… Number 10 – Shashankasana Number 9 – Universal TwistContinue reading “Do Yoga! Top 10 Asana”

A small tribute to a great man

BKS Iyengar sadly passed away last month on the 20th August – he was a real yoga champion!  As one of the foremost yoga teachers in the world, he introduced many in the West to the practice of yoga and helped to make yoga acceptable and popular.  He was the teacher of Yehudi Menuhin, AldousContinue reading “A small tribute to a great man”