A balance of acceptance and discipline is vital in our yoga practice. Too much acceptance and you might never get on your mat. Too much discipline and you start pushing yourself to the point of burn out.
What first comes to mind when you think about your body?
I like to start each year with a theme to guide me through. This year my theme found me a few months into the year when life threw some significant events my way: “this too shall pass”.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that yoga is all about making you happy, being positive, and looking on the bright side (well, either that or having a workout, but that’s a topic for another time). But if yoga isn’t about making you happy, what is it about?
We often try to cultivate a “beginner’s mind” in yoga. But sometimes life sends you an opportunity where it’s all you can do.
Here’s a really simple way to bring yourself into the present moment, ease stressful or anxious thoughts, and enjoy the beauty that can always be found around you.
Start a home yoga practice and prevent back pain by moving your spine in all directions.
Yoga, meditation, and mindfulness give us valuable tools to overcome anxiety, by overriding the accompanying stress-related “fight or flight” response. Here are my favourite practices to cope with anxiety.
Each year, on New Year’s Day, I choose a theme or a ‘sankalpa’ (an intention formed by the heart and mind) for the coming year. In 2017, my theme was ‘clarity’. Read on to see how it shaped my year and how to choose your own theme for 2018.
I’ve always been drawn to alignment-focused yoga, where there is enough time in a pose to focus on how micro-adjustments affect your body, energy and breath. Here are my top four reasons why I love practicing alignment-focused yoga and why I teach this way.