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Yoga and the muscles we use to stay upright

Yoga and the muscles we use to stay upright

In this month’s blog I am still thinking about the theme of balance, in particular about the muscles we use to help us stay upright! Posture is a great reflection of how we balance. In our classes we spend time, every lesson, getting you stand correctly, in Tadasana (the mountain pose). We guide you through your body, ensuring that you are stood in alignment. This is so important, it gives us time... »

“Use it or lose it”

“Use it or lose it”

“Use it or lose it” is a great saying and never more true than when we think about our ability to balance. Watch children playing, they are constantly challenging their balance reflex and considering the amount of risks they take kids actually fall (and injure themselves badly) very little. As we get older though we do not put our body in balance situations, so our ability to balance d... »

Balancing Postures

Balancing Postures

Balancing postures are one of my favourite groups of yoga postures to practice and I know many of you love them too. There are many benefits to practicing balances, and we try to put some sort of balance in every class, though they can be a challenge. You probably find too, that sometimes your balance is brilliant and other times you’ve all on staying upright on 2 feet let alone 1 foot! So I... »

A Mindful New Year

A Mindful New Year

Happy New Year! For my first post of 2014 I’m going to share with you one of my new year resolutions, to be more mindful and the reason I’ve chosen it. One day over the Christmas holiday, I spent some time (I’m not saying how much!) laid on the sofa, flicking through magazines and watching old films. As I am normally a very active person I am quite happy to give myself time to do... »

Ouch…Cramp!

Ouch…Cramp!

This month our yoga expert Isabel Carter discusses the very painful condition of cramp… Check Izzy’s site out here We have sourced a great supplier of the products mentioned in Izzy’s article and they can be bought here   It’s the dead of night… one minute you’re sound asleep…the next you’re hopping around the bedroom in agony…you’ve got cramp…ouch…and you just know that for... »

How you can support your body through fall

How you can support your body through fall

Well, we are definitely into Autumn of fall now. The clocks have gone back, the leaves are falling, there’s a cool nip in the air and I’m back in thermals. According to Ayervedic wisdom Autumn is a dry, cool, erratic and windy season. This has an obvious affect on nature but you might have also noticed the “Air” element is stronger in your body too – insomnia, heighte... »

Tips for a vibrant end to the summer

Tips for a vibrant end to the summer

As I’m writing this, it’s drizzling; the glorious sunshine of the last few weeks a distant memory…but I am assured that the sun is going to make a reappearance and we will once again be baking in the summer heat (ever the optomist!). In my last blog I talked about yoga for the summer, which I hope you’ve given a go (outside for extra Brownie points), so today I’m going to share with you some other... »

Summer  – A great time to practise yoga

Summer – A great time to practise yoga

I hope you’ve all been enjoying the sunshine, and maybe you’ve even managed to get outside to do your yoga practise. Generally speaking summer is a time for feeling good. Warmer temperatures, longer days, more opportunity to be outdoors and for many relaxing holidays to enjoy, all contribute to our good health. Summer is a great time to practise yoga because the muscles are warmer and therefore mo... »

Keep hayfever at bay – the natural way

Keep hayfever at bay – the natural way

It’s been a particularly bad couple of weeks for hay fever sufferers (of which I am one). It’s all down to the late (non-existent!) Spring, and everything coming into bloom all at once apparently. I’d like to share with you how I keep my hay fever at bay the natural way. My diet plays a big part in my hay fever management. Wheat, sugar, caffeine and dairy all make me generally more irritable (both... »

Strike a master pose and relax

Strike a master pose and relax

I really hope you’ve tried out the relaxation pose from my last blog and are now feeling the benefit of giving yourself time to be and not do. You may even be finding that it’s actually not that easy to lay completely still, discovering exactly why this is described in traditional yoga practises as a master pose. Savasana (corpse pose or relaxation) is often undervalued, but I hope that by the end... »

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