Hips don’t lie

2016-03-27 12.58.19This is going to sound a little ‘out there’ to the sceptics among you. But for those of you who have done much yoga you will probably have heard that we tend to carry negative emotions in our hips. So in a class with lots of hip-opening work your teacher may have mentioned that you could start to feel emotional. I have heard this a lot but I had never experienced an emotional release through the physical practice of yoga. Until Monday. Continue reading “Hips don’t lie”

Why is it so hard to do what’s good for us?

2016-03-21 12.15.37Confession time. As I write this, I’m going through a phase where I have only managed to get myself on my mat at home once a week. This is a hard thing to admit as a yoga teacher in training…especially since I put forward some pretty sound top tips for getting on your mat just a few months ago!Continue reading “Why is it so hard to do what’s good for us?”

Turn up the heat without saluting the sun: 4 alternatives to sun salutations

2016-03-01 19.18.40Don’t get me wrong, I love sun salutations – the flow, the full-body stretch, the generation of heat and energy. They can make a great yoga practice by themselves as well as serving as a go-to sequence to wake the body up in preparation for a longer practice.

But sun salutations are not the only option. Continue reading “Turn up the heat without saluting the sun: 4 alternatives to sun salutations”

Gratitude

2016-02-11 17.47.12Something shifted for me at this month’s yoga teacher training. At the end of the weekend I was exhausted as usual, but also a bit elated. I woke up the next day feeling awake, strong, and present, with an understanding of what I needed to do to restore my energy and absorb all the learning I’d been doing. I also felt a deep sense of gratitude for my healthy body and for this opportunity to learn so much from my teachers and fellow students. Here are some of the things that got me there.Continue reading “Gratitude”

4 reasons to be excited about anatomy

2016-01-31 18.56.59I’ve done a bit of moaning about anatomy lately as I struggled through my homework outlining all the bones, joints, and muscles in the shoulder and pelvic girdles (and trust me, there are a lot of them!). It’s like learning a whole new language. But the main thing I’m learning is how amazing our bodies are. Here are my top 4 reasons to be excited about anatomy. Continue reading “4 reasons to be excited about anatomy”

The beauty of going back to basics

2016-01-17 16.50.09I’m in that stage in my yoga teacher training where I’m realising how little I actually know – that uncomfortable stage of the learning curve called ‘conscious incompetence’. But going back to basics can be both challenging and beautiful.Continue reading “The beauty of going back to basics”

2015 – A year of balance

2015-12-23 23.06.29At the beginning of this year, inspired by Sahaj Kohli, I chose the theme of balance for the year ahead. The idea of choosing a theme rather than making resolutions really appealed to me. Specific resolutions are, lets face it, almost always broken and usually focus on depriving ourselves of something. Setting a theme felt more like a vision for how I’d like my year to be. A theme also leaves space for the year to unfold and, as it does, to uncover different ways for that vision to be realised – in the form of things you may not have come up with on the 1st of January.Continue reading “2015 – A year of balance”

In praise of feet

In praise of feetOh our poor, neglected feet! We only notice them when something goes wrong, they cause us pain, or they come out of our shoes and socks in the summer and we decide they are weird-looking or ugly. One of the first things I learnt in yoga teacher training was how powerful and important our feet are, both for yoga poses and in daily life. Continue reading “In praise of feet”

5 top tips for getting yourself on the mat

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I have to confess that, for years, I struggled to get myself to do any yoga at home. I knew it would be good for me, and every now and then I would manage a flurry of practice for a few days, or a few weeks, then it would fizzle out. I suspect I’m not alone in this!Continue reading “5 top tips for getting yourself on the mat”