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  • Packing for a Yoga Retreat in India

      Excited to join us on a new experience, and the time is nearly here.We have been taking groups on Yoga Retreats and holidays to this incredible travel destination South India, our second home. If you have a tendency to over-pack, we are here to relieve travel stress and make your journey a little lighter. So get ready for a relaxing yoga retreat with Yoga United. The inspiration for our general list and tips comes from ten years of experience.You can buy most things in a lot of countries, but occasionally you may have difficulty finding certain items. So what should or could ...
  • Getting into the flow with YOGA

    Appreciating the Yoga flow   Go With The Yoga Flow Feeling stuck at the moment and the flow is not there, wishing your life would flow more easily? Not everything will go as we expect in our life. This is why sometimes we need to change perspective, look through a new lens and go with the yoga flow. Understanding the elements of nature and change in seasons allows our awareness around change to evolve our yoga practise. Summer has so many offerings, the warm sun, the gentle breeze, and the beautiful blue skies. An appreciation for this magical season, and the warm weather ...
  • 12 Steps to Bliss on your Blanket

    With the promise of temperatures launching us into summer this week, combine some relaxing sun-bathing or simply lying in the garden and feeling the sun on your body...with a little relaxation practice. Some lovely yoga practices are perfect on a blanket, lying on the soft surface and gazing up into the sky. Here's a quote  to give you head space for reflection and connection - "Even so large as the universe outside is the universe within the lotus of the heart. Within it are heaven and earth, the sun, moon, the lightening and all the stars. Whatever is in the macrocosm is in the microcosm ...
  • 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 ...

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