The mind… The mind can make us believe in things that are not really there, worry about situations that aren’t real, relive events that have been and gone, or live through hypothetical situations that don’t exist. Add to that the day-to-day responsibilities and constant stream of inner chatter that surrounds them, and we move into […]

Give yourself permission to let go…

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Only the right yoga teacher for you… It is a question that has come to me before – how to know you’ve made the right choice for your next class. Do you choose it because of the style of yoga, or because of the teacher? What if you don’t know the teacher? The teacher, the […]

Is there such a thing as the right yoga teacher?

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If you are getting to know chakras for the first time, it may seem a bit overwhelming. Don’t worry. You can begin to bring the chakras into your awareness with some basic information and gentle exploration. Developing an awareness of the chakras can help deepen your yoga practice – eventually, you may even notice this […]

The Chakras – an overview

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How do you mute the noise of the 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 sister – my […]

Coping with anxiety

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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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Today I’m focusing on the physical aspect of the yoga practice – moving a body that was born a particular way, has lived for a certain amount of years, experienced the same habitual patterns through sleep, work and play, and has shaped itself as a result of these different factors.  Your body’s life to date […]

Find your yoga shape

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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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The Continuous Stress Cycle – At times, even yoga teachers, or especially yoga teachers (!) can find it hard to stop running around or take enough time to pause and reset. And I have felt this a lot over the last couple of months. We don’t allow ourselves the time to pause, reset, or indulge […]

Releasing stress with balance

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