Yoga Practice

Woman practising twist in yoga

Twist and Shout: Twists in yoga for back health

13 July 2018 | 4 Comments

It might seem obvious, but sometimes the obvious needs stating. Twists in yoga are one of the best things you can do for your spinal health and mobility. By gently rotating the spine and stretching the muscles along it, twisting postures help maintain and can even improve upon the spine’s…

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Unfurling fern

Chasing the Pose: Growth and Progress in Yoga

29 June 2018 | 2 Comments

How do you view progress? Is growth important to you? In our goal-driven society, it’s hard to escape the notion of self-improvement through some sort of progression. It comes naturally to humans to want to perform “better” than we did before. We seem to like tangible markers of where we…

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Woman practising Sun Salutations in a field of grass

Sun Salutations: Five Reasons to Love Them

15 June 2018 | 0 Comments

As we are fast approaching the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, I thought this would be a perfect time to consider Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskar). You might have guessed that Surya Namaskar is a practice in honour of the sun. You might also think that it is something that…

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Feet in Yoga Tadasana

Feet Glorious Feet

01 June 2018 | 2 Comments

Consider your feet. Each one has 26 bones, 33 joints and more than one hundred muscles, tendons and ligaments. That’s a lot of moving parts. Are yours all in working order? I know mine aren’t. Years ago I suffered from a painful condition known as Morton’s Neuroma which still occasionally…

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Tree Pose Yoga Balance

Balance: All Things Equal

25 May 2018 | 2 Comments

As I wobbled around in Vrksasana (tree pose) in my yoga class the other day I reflected on how importance balance is in our lives, and how easy it is to get out of kilter, both on and off the mat. Work-life balance, emotional balance, nutritional balance: All these things…

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Inversions: The Upsides of Down

13 May 2018 | 6 Comments

Love them or loathe them, inversions are an integral part of any yoga practice. An inversion can be any move or activity where you are either fully or partially upside down: a handstand (Adho Mukha Vrksasana), shoulderstand (Salamba Sarvangasana) or a downward dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana) are obvious candidates. For…

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Blue Moon: Salute to the Moon

25 March 2018 | 4 Comments

How rare? The last day of this month sees a full moon. It will be the second full moon of March and therefore a rare blue moon. A blue moon, I hear you say? Didn’t we just have one of those? Well, yes, we did: the “super blue blood moon”…

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The Power of Play in Yoga

09 March 2018 | 6 Comments

Most of us, on the yoga mat as in life, don’t think much about the importance of play. We are often so focussed on our goals that play is simply not on the agenda. But what are the benefits of playing? And how do we incorporate it into our yoga practice?

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lunge crescent poses

Strength: Three Reasons

26 January 2018 | 4 Comments

Looking to build up your strength though yoga? Here’s how a few uncomplicated yoga poses can help you live a longer life, boosting your metabolism and preventing osteoporosis – among other benefits…

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Yoga for Strength

19 January 2018 | 0 Comments

Want to work on strengthening your body with yoga? Here’s how I incorporate strengthening poses into my gentle practice.

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