KEEP IN TOUCH OVER THE SUMMER…

Whether you are at home or travelling over the summer KEEP IN TOUCH…   Send me a picture taken of yourself in your favourite yoga posture, add a witty title and enter it in our competition – you could win yourself a bag full of yoga goodies… Please send your entries to me via email –Continue reading “KEEP IN TOUCH OVER THE SUMMER…”

My Tirth Yatra Experience

Leicester has one of the largest concentrations of Hindu temples or mandirs outside India and on 25 March I joined the annual pilgrimage, Tirth Yatra, and walked some ten miles visiting many of these temples. I made lots of friends along the way and enjoyed the festival atmosphere as the Yatra coincided with Ram Navami,Continue reading “My Tirth Yatra Experience”

Live each moment as a moment of pure joy!

The Radiance Sutras are a wonderful set of verses which help us to stop and appreciate the present moment. They are translated from an ancient text and give us  112 ‘yuktis’, or yoga meditation practices, for opening to the divine mystery within everyday experiences… here is yukti 51… Wherever, whenever you feel carried away, Rejoicing inContinue reading “Live each moment as a moment of pure joy!”

Is it time to find yourself a yoga buddy?

I know, it sounds a bit American, but it’s so true – a yoga or fitness buddy is a valuable resource to keep you motivated and save you money. We’ve all experienced the initial enthusiasm of a new sport or New Years’ Resolution, but as it wears off people often find that they give upContinue reading “Is it time to find yourself a yoga buddy?”

Is Your Posture Getting On Your Nerves?

Did your know that your posture effects the alignment of the spine and this can have a knock-on effect on the nervous system? As the nerves travel through the spine – down the central cavity and in between the vertebrae – it stands to reason that any misalignment due to injury or bad posture will haveContinue reading “Is Your Posture Getting On Your Nerves?”

Shakti Bandha Asanas

In the Stretch and Relax classes we are having a go at the Shakti Bandha Asana (energy block postures). These are exercises that help to improve the flow of energy within the body. They are useful for breaking down neuro-muscular knots especially in the pelvic region where energy tends to stagnate. The postures are veryContinue reading “Shakti Bandha Asanas”

The Blooming of a Lotus

In the yoga classes this term we are working with the Thich Nhat Hanh book “The Blooming of a Lotus”. This book guides us through simple techniques of meditation to help focus on the ‘now’.  If you want to get your own copy, we are starting at the very beginning and working through the firstContinue reading “The Blooming of a Lotus”

Peace Prayer for Christmas

Give peace a chance… as it’s the season of Peace on Earth and Goodwill to Men why not spend a few moments to let the words of Mahatma Gandhi seep into your soul? Try reading the words aloud or repeating until you can remember the prayer with your eyes closed. Can you give peace aContinue reading “Peace Prayer for Christmas”

Yes, You Can Start Yoga In Your 70’s!

I first took up yoga when I was 73!! I found the stretch and relax class at Preston Village Hall (Tuesdays 7 – 8) perfect for me – not too much strenuous exercise. The breathing and gentle exercises helped with my sleeping and relaxation at the same time as strengthening my muscles and bones. MyContinue reading “Yes, You Can Start Yoga In Your 70’s!”

Let’s Explore…. PARTNER YOGA

There’s no doubt about it partner yoga has a definite Marmite effect in class – people either really love it or loathe it. No matter, there are very positive gains to working with someone when studying a posture. I like to do it in several ways in class – Observation Encouragement Adjustment/Awareness Working Together forContinue reading “Let’s Explore…. PARTNER YOGA”