In the Pagan calendar 1st February represents imbolc a point approximately half way between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. Despite the snow last week there is real evidence that the turning of the seasons towards Spring has begun. The days are noticeably longer, the trees are alive with birds, and the snowdrops are…Read More
Knowing yourself… When I teach yoga I often ask my students to notice how their body feels, how their breath feels, and how their emotions and mind feel in a particular moment. These reflections might be done at the start of a class or after a specific posture or sequence. Although this can be quite…Read More
Around the world on the Summer Solstice (21st June) people will be celebrating international yoga day. But where did yoga come from, what is yoga and why do it? A very brief history of yoga Nobody knows exactly when the practice of yoga first began in India but it’s origins can be traced back to…Read More
The wisdom of self-nurture Easier, calmer & more joyful When training as a yoga teacher, one of the biggest benefits I experienced came after a guided deep relaxation. While lying still and resting I was invited to imagine that my internal energy reserves were being fully recharged. This image really resonated with me at the…Read More
I am an expert; I am also a beginner… And yes it is possible to be both. In Buddhism the concept of a “beginner’s mind” is taught. This encourages the individual to engage deeper with their environment and experiences. A “beginner’s mind” is one which has a playful curiosity about the world around them. It…Read More
I can’t do yoga because… I am not flexible enough. I have heard this so many times over the years, and from a complete cross section of people, so I thought that I would let you into a little secret: yoga is actually really good for improving flexibility. If you have tight, tense muscles a…Read More
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