The effects of yoga teacher training can be powerful, and are unique to each participant. Participating in two of Esther Ekhart’s 200-hour yoga teacher trainings, one year apart, has given me the opportunity to see the evolution of my yoga journey, the deep physical, mental and emotional shifts that can take place, and how comforting […]

A Teacher Training Experience with Esther Ekhart

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With the best will in the world, we can still find it hard to focus on ourselves enough when we’re riding the rollercoaster of life’s challenges and responsibilities. Even as a yoga teacher, and working in a health and wellbeing organisation, both things that I love doing, they are still work. They still involve running […]

My Self-Care Regimen

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What is yoga? To understand what fertility yoga is, it is a good idea to remind ourselves first of what yoga is. In an age where Instagram yoga is quickly becoming the general benchmark for practising, achieving the picture-perfect pose is becoming the priority, followed closely by physical fitness. The roots of why the practice […]

Why Practise Fertility Yoga?

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Intuition versus Education A thought-provoking book written by Dr Amali Lokugamage, an Obstetrician who, despite her medical training and years of practising in the profession, chose a home birth over a hospitalised birth for her own delivery. Throughout her pregnancy, she sensed a very strong bond between her baby and herself, feeling that she was able […]

Book Review: The Heart in the Womb by Dr Amali Lokugamage

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Mindfulness Mindfulness has become the latest hot topic since it made it to the top of NHS recommendations for dealing with stress and anxiety. But what is mindfulness? The frenzied rush of day-to-day life, which involves countless to-do lists, multitasking, taking care of ‘real world’ responsibilities such as children, bills, and going to work, as well as newer […]

Mindfulness: Staying Present

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Boosting the Immune System No matter how miserable a cold makes me feel, my body responds better to natural remedies. I bounce back with much more energy, glowing skin, and completely free of sinus pressure and congestion. Although pharmaceutical cold remedies can relieve symptoms, they don’t boost the body’s immune system like natural remedies do, […]

Natural Cold Remedies

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The following article, written for Ekhart Yoga by one of my wonderful teachers Tracey Uber Cook, discusses moving beyond the physical practice of yoga into the more “subtle layers” of our existence. Tracey explores these layers, as described in the ancient yogic texts – the Rāja Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali, and the Upaniṣads – and also brings […]

Yoga and the Koshas – the layers of being

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“I can’t do yoga because I’m not flexible enough…” When discussing yoga with friends and people I meet, I frequently hear the same comment, almost word for word, about why they are reluctant to consider starting a yoga practice. Flexibility isn’t a pre-requisite when it comes to yoga. It is an aspect that develops with […]

Flexibility in Yoga

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