Yoga Practice

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WannabeYogi Tips for Yoga Beginners

11 January 2019 | 2 Comments

Still mulling it over? As a postscript to last week’s guide to yoga styles I thought it might be helpful to lay down a few pointers if you are still finding going to a yoga class daunting. Yoga is an incredible tool that will not only help make you fitter,…

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WannabeYogi Guide to Yoga Styles

28 December 2018 | 5 Comments

Back to Basics I can’t be the only one breathing a sigh of relief now it’s nearly January. It feels as if there’s one final push now to take us through to the New Year. Although I love December and all its Christmas sparkle, I welcome the quiet introspection that…

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‘Tis the Season: Festive Yoga

14 December 2018 | 3 Comments

Now that it’s December and it feels natural to be lighting candles and perhaps seeking a bit of calm in the manic build-up to Christmas, I thought it might be useful to take a look at restorative yoga and how it can help during this busy time.

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Hum yourself to sleep

12 October 2018 | 2 Comments

Is it just me or is everyone exhausted these days? I recently wrote a post about undoing in yoga. It seems to me as I grow ever more busy in my life, less is definitely more. If there’s one thing I have learnt by practising a more mindful form of…

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Doing vs. Undoing in Yoga?

24 August 2018 | 2 Comments

In our busy lives these days we always seem to need to be doing something. Keeping busy. Getting stuff done. Ticking things off our list. In a similar way, if we like yoga – and we like the way it makes us feel in our bodies – we often like…

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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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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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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 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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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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