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Poisoning The Well

When we talk in yoga of losing weight, strength or fitness goals we immediately prioritise the body over the soul. Talk of ‘sweating out sins’, ridding yourself of guilt through practice? Centralises the body over the mind. Narrative around practicing postures to improve, achieve or attain? It ranks the future abound the now. Placing importance…

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Permission To Rest

We keep rescheduling rest. We deprioritise slowing down. We distract with highs. We tell ourselves rest must be earned. We convince ourselves only physical progression counts. We long for what’s next, what’s been, not valuing the now. We honour ‘more is more’. And we wonder why our minds struggle. Yet we keep on rescheduling rest.

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Sound Baths, Soundscapes, Sound Journeys- Just Another LA Fad?

Celebrities swear by them, colleges provide them for staff and students, recovery centres use them for addiction, trauma and now pain – but what exactly is a sound bath and will you have to get wet? They may sound like a revolutionary new age wellness trend, especially with city sessions selling for around £70, but…

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Balance In Yoga

I CAN’T BALANCE! Really? Or do we just get taught that a balance is standing on one leg and completing other tasks at the same time? Walking is a multitasking single leg balance which most of us do everyday, but sometimes yoga can be overly elaborate and end goal focused, leading us to struggle unnecessarily.…

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Chaturanga

Let’s look at lowering to the ground as a yoga transition and that knees, chest, chin is an alternative to chaturanga    Firstly what is the purpose of the pose? What are we trying to achieve here? I don’t teach chaturanga to up dog as a transition anymore and rarely teach chaturanga at all but…

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Do you need anything special or fancy to practice yoga?
No, of course not but just like running or going to the gym there are some pieces of kit that can make a difference and help distraction free practice.
If we took up running we would invest in some good running shoes and a good mat will enable no hand or feet slips or surfing across the floor in warrior two.
Use your common sense, patterns may wear, pale colours get grubby and just like run shoes expect your mat to have a mileage life span rather than last forever – i usually update mine every year or two.
After buying virtually every yoga mat going, wasting money on ones that didn’t meet their promises of non slip and feeling frustrated at ones that don’t perform well- I can honestly say lululemon make the best ones and was in love with them well before my working relationship with the brand. I usually buy a 5mm one to be kind to knees and joints but if weight is an issue the 3mm are lighter but less padded.
If you are happy with any colour keep an eye on their sale section as they always pop up in there too.

A yoga block and strap can be good investments too.
Props are definitely not for people who cannot do something, they are a brilliant aid to help engagement, cultivate play and switch up what we doing – your body loves variety and in fact your tissues respond better to variety rather than depth in the poses.
For my yin lovers, a bolster and eye pillow make for a transformation of your yin experience and lights out in savasana