Mindful Summer walk

Having a baby has made me much more conscious of how important it is to be present, so you may notice this theme in my recent posts.

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. Continue reading

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How to find calm when anxiety strikes

We’ve all experienced that familiar feeling of anxiety rising up, although what tends to trigger it will differ for each of us. 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 strategies to cope with anxiety. Continue reading

The power of pranayama

For various reasons, including this hot summer weather, my physical yoga (asana) practice has taken a back seat over the last few weeks and months. I’ve taken the opportunity to spend some more time working with my breath, 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. Continue reading

Less is more: Slowing down for stress relief

Peach YogaYoga has become a pretty aerobic activity in some classes these days. And I know these vigorous flow classes are awesome for some people. But they have never been my thing.

For over a decade, yoga has been my number one way to deal with stress, and my experience of what works influences my teaching. So I teach a strong but slow Hatha yoga practice, with plenty of mindfulness, and lots of attention to micro-movements and alignment.

Here are a few reasons why I love to slow my yoga practice down and why less can be more, especially when it comes to managing stress. Continue reading

Stress: It’s not all in your mind

photo-30-10-2016-20-45-31It’s National Stress Awareness Day on the first Wednesday in November. Now, I know we’re all very much aware of stress – we all experience it, to the extent that it’s almost considered normal. This makes people reluctant to speak up if they are struggling with stress. But there is less awareness about the wider impacts of stress, and what we can do to support ourselves and others to deal with stress in healthy ways. So here are my key pointers for how to spot stress and what to do about it. Continue reading

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