I have just come back from a couple of weeks in lovely, rural Pembrokeshire -staying in an old, converted dairy with our own resident bat -but that’s another story!
While I was away I got to go to some yoga classes which was such a nice change -nothing to do but enjoy my own practice and someone else’s teaching. It struck me what a lot of different types of yoga there are. In Wales I was lucky enough to go to Scaravelli Yoga, Dru Yoga, Hatha Yoga and Vinyasa Flow. Other classes in the area, which I unfortunately missed included Iyenger, Ashtanga and Vini yoga-so much choice!! Continue reading
Sometimes in yoga magazines people are asked their favourite yoga pose and often the answer is a strong posture such as head stand or arm balance or something that looks pretty impressive.
Surprisingly enough, especially when you first start yoga, one of the more difficult parts of the practice is the one at the end where you lie on your mat in Savasana (Corpse pose) and …relax.. Continue reading
“It’s not enough to be busy; so are the ants. The question is: what are we busy about?” ~Henry David Thoreau
People often come to yoga classes for a specific reason-perhaps a health related condition they want to improve such as lower back pain, anxiety or insomnia. Yoga is great for alleviating all of these.
After a little while people typically start to feel a bit better- so much so that they think they are ‘cured’ and stop practising yoga or committing to a regular yoga class. Continue reading
This week the weather has been so lovely I have been practising yoga outside. On Monday I went to teach a regular session at a private house in a Suffolk village and was lucky enough to be invited to hold the class in the garden. The sun was shining; there was a gentle breeze blowing; the sound of leaves rustling and birds overhead and best of all we were barefoot on the grass which felt delicious. Continue reading
‘What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.’ (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
There are so many benefits of meditation -both physical and mental: decreasing tension related pain and illness; improving sleep; reducing stress levels; developing focus and concentration; being more creative, to name just a few.
So why do so many of us resist the idea?
This weekend I helped my daughter book a short hotel break in Amsterdam for her birthday. We looked at all the usual websites and each time we thought we had found the perfect place to stay, we discovered something wrong with it. The rooms were too small, you had to pay extra for the use of the pool, the hotel was a long way from the city centre etc etc..
It made me realise how often we see the down side of things. Continue reading
There are a lot of myths about yoga: that you have to be flexible to do it, that it’s only for women, that once you reach a certain age you can’t do it..
One myth about yoga is that only slim people can practise. That’s perpetuated by the media. In yoga magazines for example most of the photos you see are of thin ‘beautiful’ people and, come to that, most of them are young, white and female (but that would be the topic for another blog). Continue reading
It has been quite a stressful week one way and another.
At times we all feel stressed and anxious and need a little help to relax. Yoga is wonderful for helping reduce stress and tension and there are a host of useful techniques to draw on, including simple breathing practices.
When we are anxious we are likely to adopt rapid, shallow, upper-chest breathing Continue reading
With the terrible events and violence that have been in the news recently, it frankly feels a bit trivial to be writing a blog at all.
So I thought I would share with you a meditation practice taken from an idea by the excellent yoga teacher Tara Fraser in her book ‘Live better Yoga -exercises and inspirations for well-being’. Continue reading