Yoga

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WannabeYogi Guide to Yoga Styles

28 December 2018 |

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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Doing vs. Undoing in Yoga?

24 August 2018 |

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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Samskaras: Time for a Shake Up?

20 July 2018 |

As the school summer holidays are now upon us and I can kiss goodbye to any routine I might profess to have, I thought this might be the perfect opportunity to look at samskaras. As a creature of habit, I love a routine and the knowledge of what I’ll be…

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Twist and Shout: Twists in yoga for back health

13 July 2018 |

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 |

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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Feet Glorious Feet

01 June 2018 |

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 |

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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Upekkha: The Freedom in Letting Go

18 May 2018 |

With the anniversary of the Manchester bombing coming up next week I am reminded of what a turbulent and difficult year it has been. That devastating bombing was followed very quickly by another terrorist attack on London Bridge and then the traumatic Grenfell Tower disaster. Here in the UK we’ve…

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Inversions: The Upsides of Down

13 May 2018 |

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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Stress: Nurturing Your Vagus Nerve

22 April 2018 |

How stressed are you? Do you even know? Stress is invisible and easy to ignore. But it’s pervasive. Most of us have become so used to living relentlessly busy lives – with time pressures, constant demands, rushed social interactions, hurried eating – that we don’t even notice how stressed we…

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