Yoga for Health

Reuniting Body, Breath & Mind

Step away from your mat

I use travelling as an opportunity to encourage myself into the expansion of my practice through varying surfaces.  Instead of that known surface of yoga mat or carpet, the practice becomes more tactile. Body parts such as hands, knees and feet are much more responsive to surface and quicker to send very clear messages of […]

Autumn Energy

Autumn Energy, a time to turn within and develop inner focus.  A time to offer and experience different practices and to remain open minded to change. Undoubtedly we are all quite unique; the way we speak, walk and talk, the way we think, feel and respond. Consistency in a yoga practice has always been recommended […]

Grounding & Rising up

I have long believed that our practice of yoga (on every level) can be a balance to life.  That you set the intention, put into the practice what you have and gain from it what you need. These first three months of 2022 have been ‘testing’ in all sorts of ways.  Therefore our class practice […]

Yoga teaches:

Yoga teaches us To come back to the breath To feel from the inside out To allow ourselves to feel those feelings without judgement or dialogue To be present To be aware To be mindful of thought, word and deed To live in the moment All of these lessons from Yoga are applicable now in […]

the FAQ’s of Yoga

Yes even Yoga has Frequently Asked Questions. Most common are: “Where should my head be?” “When do I breathe?” However tempting it is to answer to the obvious – that the head ought to remain on top of the body, and for as long as you want to stay alive – keep breathing………………. Here are […]

Ity

Ity A three letter ‘suffix forming nouns’ (Collins Concise dictionary) ‘indicating state or condition’. What on earth has Ity got to do with yoga? As well as yoga, Ity is perhaps pertinent to these changing times we find ourselves living through. While ity on its own isn’t great; attached to responsible and adaptable its meaning […]

Can you overdo it?

A very good question was asked one recent frosty morning. “Can you overdo it in Yoga?” Yes, I think you can. Yogi R has practiced yoga for years.  The same poses in the same way regardless of circumstance, neither faulting nor querying that practice. Yogi F has practiced on and off for years.  Coming back […]

Yoga for the winter term

This week we begin our 10 week winter Yoga term. We start with Balance, which will require focus and concentration and engaging the core and the limbs, all that and breathing too! Initially we work on one pose, then another, then a sequence of five poses.  A second pose will lead us into another short […]

Deconstruction

Deconstruction is the new way to present food on a plate. Lately, I feel it describes our poses on the mat.  Peel them back, body part by body part, what are we trying to achieve, what do you want from the pose, where to feel it, where to work more or less. Therefore we are […]

Yoga in Retirement

Age need not be a restriction to a yoga practice.  Here’s what Maggie says, and at 87 she is well qualified to endorse this.  “It is a privilege to be in your yoga class Jan.  For me the exercises are enjoyable and necessary for my ongoing physical health.  The yoga practice of concentrating on breathing, […]

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