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

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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 in […]

Releasing Stress With Balance

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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

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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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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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