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  • 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 ...
  • Bring Colour into Your Life

    Image by Photographic Blonde How do different colours make you feel? What happens when you see a rainbow? Use a strap in your asana practice to support your body on the mat. Ask your yoga teacher how you can use a belt to avoid stretching beyond your natural range of movement. Treat yourself to a rainbow every day. Shop HERE Now that the autumn leaves are brown on the ground, the ice covers nature with a silver sheen, the clouds hide the sun and shroud the sky in grey, our clothes are bled of colour as we lean towards neutrals, and yoga outfits go ...
  • An Indian supper with your London yoga retreat?

    Funny how the inclusion of a pure vegetarian Indian supper can create a flurry of bookings for a yoga retreat day! The summer urban retreat I offered in north London was very well attended and received. The weather was changeable and as soon as the rain stopped, we enjoyed the freedom of the private gardens and played with all our senses alert and invited into present moment experience. Oh and did I mention afternoon tea, afternoon nap, some shaking, rolling about, stillness, restorative practice, yoga nidra and philosophical discussion? Someone asked 'is yoga supposed to be this much fun?' The more ...
  • We love giving and receiving - here's a discount code

    Yes Let's get the ball rolling - we're giving you 20% off all orders today (does not include holidays or wholesale) Ends midnight tonight! Get shopping at home - no rush, queues, parking, carrying - delivered straight to your door - www.yogaunited.com   ...
  • Cross with your yoga mat?

    I resisted buying a yoga mat for years when they first came on the market. They looked like giant plasters and I looked down at these new pieces of kit and preferred my comfortable and comfort blanket. As soon as I was introduced to the delights of down dog on a mat, I was reminded that change is good and I didn't need to slide around on my blanket any more with my hips desperately holding on in case i slid into the splits - so my warning system told my nervous system lit was safe to relax.   Now I use two ...

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