When was the last time you truly rested? I don’t mean sitting on the sofa watching TV, or even reading a book, but truly deep restorative rest.
Tag Archives: Self-care
How to go easy on yourself in times of stress
If you’re feeling tired and foggy-headed, here are some ideas to help you go easy on yourself in these difficult days of lockdown.
Yoga tips for better sleep
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.
You’ve got a perfect body (though sometimes you forget)
What first comes to mind when you think about your body?
Will yoga make me happy?
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?
Finding your ‘beginner’s mind’
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.
Aligning with love: Why alignment matters
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.
Self care: When what you want is not what you need
You’re feeling tired but wired, and all you can think about is sleeping, mindlessly watching TV, scrolling through your social media feeds, or stocking up on chocolate, caffeine, or a nice glass or two of wine. Sound familiar? It does to me.
Read on for a few ideas about how to figure out what you need rather than what you think you want (as well as an embarrassing insight into my occasional toddler-like tantrums!).
What is the vagus nerve?
Yoga makes us feel good. And scientific research is just beginning to discover why. Over the next few posts I’ll introduce you to the vagus nerve, which is a key player in balancing the calming and activating sides of our nervous system. Read on to find out how this single nerve can help us with health, emotional wellbeing, happiness, memory, digestion, and social relationships. It’s fascinating, even if you’re not a science geek like me!
Stress: It’s not all in your mind
It’s National Stress Awareness Day on the first Wednesday in November. Now, I know we’re all very much aware of stress – but there is less awareness about what the wider impacts of stress can be, and what we can do to support ourselves and others to deal with stress in healthy ways.