If you don’t know what to do when you feel angry – here are a few of the ideas I have picked up over the years.
Difficulty falling asleep? Frequent night waking? Racing thoughts at night? Waking too early? Ruminating on problems and worries in the middle of the night? Chances are you’ve experienced one or more of these at some point in your life, and it’s safe to say you’re not alone.
You can find lots of articles listing soothing yoga poses to try before bed, and I’ll mention a few here too. But one thing that’s often missing is strategies for knowing what sort of yoga you need on any particular night, and based on the particular type of sleep problem you’re experiencing. So here are seven tips from me to help you get a better night’s sleep.
I’ve been spending more time working with my breath recently, revisiting familiar pranayama practices and exploring new ones. It’s been a wonderful reminder of the power of breathing for shifting energy, changing thought patterns, and finding balance and calm. And I’m enjoying hearing my beginner students’ reflections and reactions as they explore how breath affects their bodies and their state of mind too.
Do you ever feel anxious and agitated but don’t know where to start to find calm? Or tired and depressed to the point of not feeling able to move? Here’s how exploring Doshas and Gunas helps me find balance with self-compassion.
Don’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.
“We move in the direction of the questions we ask” – this quote from Margaret J. Wheatley perfectly describes the subtle ways in which we shape our lives, sometimes without even realising it.
Here are five questions that have led me to start training as a yoga teacher – questions I’ve asked of myself, questions others have asked of me, and questions I’ve asked other people.
I enrolled on a yoga therapy course to relax and recharge my batteries but I gained so much more than that. Here’s what I learnt about my yoga practice and myself.