What is Restorative Yoga? “We have an ancient body subjected to a modern problem: living with chronic stress.” — Judith Hanson Lasater The practice is rooted in Iyengar Yoga, developed by B.K.S. Iyengar who initially experimented with supporting the body with props to create a practice that was more accessible to those with illnesses or […]

Why practise Restorative Yoga?

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Try the following simple restorative sequence before bed for a good night’s sleep or any time during the day when you feel you could do with a little down-time and re-centering during busy periods. The suggested time for each pose is 5 minutes. However, if you have the time, you can stay for up to […]

A 15-minute Calming Restorative Sequence

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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…

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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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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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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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