Never-ending thoughts How do you mute the noise of your mind? I’ve just finished my first week of teaching online after I was thrown into a whirlwind with the arrival of the Coronavirus. My mind took over and became a very noisy film-reel running through a repetitive loop of worry: – my parents – my […]

Coping with Anxiety

Claria Yoga - Calming Breath

Part of my yearly treat is packing myself off to experience one or two weeks of me-time. Since yoga has become integral to my daily life, finding a retreat that incorporates yoga is always my aim. The retreats I choose are typically tailored towards inner work with meditation, energy in the form of asana practice […]

What Happens on a Yoga Retreat…

Claria Yoga - retreats

Laparoscopic surgery is one of Western medicine’s marvels, as it enables surgical treatment to be carried out using one or more small incisions without the need to be cut open. As a result, recovery time is less and post-surgery pain isn’t as prolonged or intense. As with any surgery, abdominal laparoscopies still involve bed rest […]

Post-laparoscopy Yoga Sequence

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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

Esther Ekhart teacher training

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

Essential oils

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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I want more… Do you find that in today’s fast-paced life, you spend more time focusing on what you don’t have, and less time on what you do have? Now more than ever, day-to-day responsibilities, competition at work, constant demands on our time, and consumerism overpower us at every turn. They can suck us in […]

Being Thankful

Being present