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  • When was the last time you asked yourself what you really want?

    I was working with a client recently who came to yoga therapy with headaches - he said that he was desperate to get rid of them - they made him foggy, they made him unable to focus on what he wanted... I asked him what it was that he wanted...he said he wanted to get rid of the headaches! After the initial jokey awkwardness in response to my questions, he asked me for some yoga exercises that might help as he'd tried everything else. I often find people come to yoga therapy who have tried everything else - last chance cafe, ...
  • How to switch off to switch on!

    Do you have a tendency to skim-read, skim-engage and skim-experience the world because you're busy? Do you crave more down-time and connection but end up feeling down or lost when you're at a 'loose end'? I am speaking from experience...Friday night for example, I found myself at a loose end - a quiet evening in front of the TV sounded perfect. The news did nothing but initiate the downward spiral of my mood and I switched it off, picked up a book, skim-read a few pages until I realised I hadn't taken in a word, went to the kitchen and grazed ...
  • 5 minutes to clear your mind - set your timer & greet the moment

    Do you sometimes have so much to do you don't know where to start, get easily distracted or forget the important thing  - everything seems urgent and it messes with your head? Set your timer to 4 minutes and find a comfortable place and way to sit that you can maintain without distraction… Take a few long breaths in and sigh out to settle in your seat Close your eyes & bring your awareness to your own unique inner landscape. What’s the first thing you notice? Open your eyes to look at the next prompt… Bring your full attention to your breath - what ...
  • What is a yoga bolster - 108 uses to get you started...Ok, lets start with 8

    Reclining with a bolster Do you feel like you're holding yourself together - How would it be to let go and fall into the arms of trust? Yoga bolsters are essentially round pillows and can vary in size and density. Used in general classes to modify poses - the bolster can be used to avoid compressing the spine and causing more tension when moving into and holding a pose. They are a must for restorative yoga where props are used to do the work, taking stress off the body; all you need to do is drape your body over the bolster for ...
  • 3 ways to use Mala Beads as a direct route to a settled mind

    We are often asked the question “do I need mala beads?” there is some confusion that they are only for yoga practice at a high level. This is not so, and they are easy to use, bringing an instant connection to your practice and a route to calm as you need it  What are mala beads and what do they bring into the equation of meditation and serenity in yoga practice? The word bead derives from the OLD English noun "bede" meaning prayer, the use of beads in prayer and meditation dates back tens of thousands of years and is used in most traditions including ...
  • How to slow down time - by the sun

    Sun Rising Its not often that I watch the sun rise and sun set on the same day. On retreat in india, there is a clear view of both over the water and getting up at dusk is something I don’t seem to have the time or the energy for when I’m in London. It’s a beautiful time of the day before the dust gets stirred up, before people and traffic move into 4th and 5th gear and start to speed up for the day. This morning, as I wathed the sun rising above the skyline of coconut palms dissolving into ...
  • A day on retreat in India with Yoga United - what to expect

    Arriving in Kerala Ahh, thank goodness we're finally here - i already feel younger! After 9 years running retreats at this resort, it feels like coming home - the air is warm, the welcome is even warmer and as we ride from the airport towards this beach, it's natural unspoilt beauty induces a wave of calm in my nervous system.  It's not too late to join us! If you're not looking forward to more dark cold nights ahead, and like the sound of this adventure, read on...JUMP ABOARD HERE The history I'm not much of historian but did you know that we're practically sitting on ...
  • BBC's Planet Earth II - if the animals were watching a yoga class!

    What would animals make of us? Have you been watching BBC's Planet Earth II - Not only does David tell a great story, it starts my mind wondering what it would be like if the animals were watching us humans. I imagine a scene where the animals are gathered, not at a watering hole, but around a widescreen TV looking on at the human world, more specifically watching a yoga asana class. Humans in yoga class A human being starts on all fours and makes her way up to standing  - wow! Let's see that again in slow motion! The animals whoop and sound ...
  • Are you feeling thirsty? 5 signs you're dehydrated

    Our central heating makes me feel like I'm a tomato being sun-dried in a slow oven overnight so I'm really conscious of my water intake and keep an eau bottle with me at all times! It's a filter water bottle that uses a traditional Japanese binchotan charcoal to make your tap water taste great, you can fill it up at any water tap which means you can go to the bathroom to fill up your bottle and it filters on the go! We've just re-stocked them because we missed them so much. I'm always turning it off and opening windows round the house and ...
  • Fairtrade Tea Bag to fair traded Mat Bag

    Is yoga a way of life? Does that mean that we have to do yoga all the time, have a yoga mat in every room in case we have a spare 10 minutes to do another round of sun salutations, chant the mantra OM or use a yoga belt to open the hips a little bit further? No, thank goodness, yoga is not purely a physical practice. In fact, yoga asana (poses) are purely a way to strengthen the body, make the muscles flexible, and concentrate the mind so that sitting can be maintained for long periods of time for meditation. So ...

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